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International Student Orientation is August 20-24, 2018


Orientation is mandatory and required for all new international students. The Kearney Center has designed the orientation to provide you with helpful information as international students at MSU, Mankato. Even if you have been an international student elsewhere in the U.S., the policies and procedures at MSU, Mankato may differ from your previous experience.

Failing to check-in and attend orientation will result in a hold on your student record preventing you from registering for classes. Your immigration status will be impacted negatively if you do not register for classes.

Check-in for ALL students on Monday, August 20:

9:30am – 1:00pm : Undergraduate/First-Time Students and Gulf Students.

1:00pm – 4:00pm : U.S. Transfer students, Exchange students, Intensive English Program Students, Graduate Students, Returning Students.

Graduate Students please note:

If you will be hired as a Graduate Assistant or Teaching Assistant, you may attend a separate brief meeting for help with employment paperwork: Please choose 1 of these dates to attend:

  • Thursday, Aug. 16 | 4 p.m. | Centennial Student Union, Room 238
  • Friday, Aug. 17 | 10 a.m. | Centennial Student Union, Room 238

What to Expect:

Orientation is a week full of information sessions, opportunities to learn more about campus and the Mankato community, and meeting other new students.

2018 Orientation Schedule

Please check in on Monday, August 20 and be prepared for the following:

  • Bring along copies of your immigration documents (passport, visa, I-94 printout, I-20/DS-2019 with stamp)
  • Bring along your original immigration documents
  • Bring along the MSU Immunization Form
  • Pay for your required health insurance $1,596 (you cannot register for classes without paying this)
  • Take English Placement Test (bring your own earbuds!)
    • You may be exempt from English Placement Testing if:
      • You’ve earned a bachelor’s degree at a U.S. college or university
      • Earned an A or B in English Composition from a U.S. college or university
      • TOEFL score 575 (paper-based), 232 (computer based), or 89 (internet based) or higher
      • IELTS score of 6.5 or higher
  • Take Math Placement Test (bring your own earbuds!)

Check out our Pre-Arrival Guide that covers the following topics:

  • Orientation Check in Times
  • Cultural Contribution Scholarship
  • Health Insurance
  • Paying Your SEVIS I-901 Fee Visa Matters
  • Traveling and Arriving at Mankato
  • Living on Campus
  • Off-Campus Housing, Placement Tests, Immunizations and Student Health Services
  • Maintaining Your F-1 Visa Status or J-1 Visa Status