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International Orientation

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All F-1, J-1 and change of status students who are starting their program in the Fall or Winter semester must attend a group International Orientation which is right before classes start.  All F-1 degree seeking students, J-1 and change of status students who are starting their program in the summer must schedule a one on one orientation with the International Advisor at the ISSO

The International Students and Scholars Office has created an online Part 1 orientation which must be completed BEFORE attending the Part 2 orientation on January 5, 2015. Please use the information in your admissions letter to create your sail account and your Grizzly e-mail address. You can create your account at Once you have done this then you will be ready to log onto espace to complete the online orientation. You must go to and log in with your sail account information. Please watch ALL of the videos and complete ALL of the quizzes. It is important that you watch the pre-arrival video and complete the quiz BEFORE you arrive in the United States for the Fall orientation. 

The Part 2 International Student Orientation is scheduled for Monday, January 5, 2015 from 8:00 a.m till 5:00 p.m. in the Gold Rooms of the Oakland Center and is required of all new, transferring and changing of status international students.  The orientation program provides information you will need to become acquainted with your new academic environment, life in the Oakland area and in the United States in general. The orientation presentations will answer many questions you may have, particularly during the first few weeks of your arrival. The orientation also will direct you to other sources of information and services available to you on and off campus. By attending this Part 2 orientation, you will meet the ISSO staff and other international students from all over the world. 

Attending the orientation program, we believe, is crucial to the success of your educational endeavors at Oakland University. Therefore, please plan to attend the orientation program in the Gold Rooms A,B,C in the Oakland Center.  You MUST attend and be on time and please no guests.

Once you receive your visa please sign up for the mandatory orientation for the appropriate term by filling out the orientation form and submit it to us by either fax: 248-370-3351 or by email to isso@oakland.eduTransfer students or change of status students MUST also sign up and attend our mandatory orientation and submit the orientation form by either fax: 248-370-3351 or by email to    
Items to Bring
Please bring the following items to orientation:
  • Passport
  • Form I-20 or DS-2019
  • $581 (annual) for health insurance. You will not pay this at orientation but within a first week of school this amount will be charged to your student account.
  • Undergraduates need course descriptions translated in English
  • If you have F-2 or J-2 dependants (spouse or children) who traveled with you to the U.S., bring their I-20/DS-2019s, and passports.

Our office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you need assistance before orientation, call or visit our office or search our website. In case you are unable to attend the orientation, you must visit our office with all your immigration documents before you can register for classes. At that time, you also must purchase the mandatory health insurance unless you are otherwise exempt.

 If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call. The ISSO staff is looking forward to meeting you and personally welcoming you.