International Student Orientation

The Kearney International Center holds an orientation program for new students one week before classes start. Fall 2022 orientation begins on Monday, August 15. Students should plan to arrive by this date so they are ready to attend the first day of classes on August 22. During the pandemic, it is recommended that you consider arriving earlier so you may self-isolate for one week before going to campus. Attending international orientation is mandatory for everyone. It is not necessary to sign up in advance.

Go to Orientation Schedule

During orientation, students receive assistance from peer leaders, meet staff, attend presentations, register for classes, and check-in for immigration purposes. Starting Fall 2021, international orientation will consist of two parts: an online course that can be done at your leisure before or after arrival AND the in-person portion.

There will be a shuttle bus free of charge for students to use during orientation.

A map of the route

Immigration & Health Documents 

Please bring originals and photocopies of your: 

Funds 

You will need to pay for your health insurance before you may register for classes during the week. You will also be asked to pay a $300 tuition deposit when you check-in.  

Students who wish to open bank accounts or transfer money by wire may be surprised to find that it can take at least one week for funds to be available or transferred from a home bank to here. Since you will need to pay these fees right away, you may wish to consider options that will allow you to have access to your funds right away. 

New entering international students will be placed into math courses using existing measures such as satisfactory SAT Math scores or transferrable college-level course work. If SAT scores don’t exist or are not high enough to place into college-level math, and/or previous college-level coursework does not exist, international students will be able to take the Accuplacer through an online placement exam.

New entering international students will be placed into English courses using existing measures such as satisfactory TOEFL, IELTS, or previous college-level course work. If TOEFL or IELTS scores don't exist or are not high enough to place into college-level English, and/or previous college-level course does not exist, international students will be able to take the Accuplacer through an online placement exam.

The Accuplacer is Minnesota State Mankato’s placement exam for math and English.

This year, international students have the option to take the Accuplacer virtually/online through a system call “Examity”. Testing vouchers will be sent to your personal email or, in some cases, university email (check junk mail). If you believe you need to take a placement exam for math, English, or both math and English, but have not yet received a voucher, please email testingcenter@mnsu.edu.International Student Course Placement

All new students who will study at Minnesota State Mankato (in-person or remote learning) are required to complete an immunization form provided by Student Health Services before they are allowed to register for classes. This form is to indicate your immunizations for Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) and Tetanus/Diptheria (Td/Tdap).

If you have records of immunizations you have taken in the past, bring this information with you to Mankato. The Minnesota College immunization law requires that students show proof that they have been vaccinated against measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus and diphtheria when they enroll in a college in Minnesota. 

Review Immunization Requirements

Students under the age of 18 are also required to have parent/guardian consent to be seen at Student Health Services. If you are younger than 18 years, please complete the Minor Consent for Treatment form.

 

All undergraduate students are required to take a Math and English Placement Test. We highly recommend taking the test before you arrive to help you achieve the highest score possible. Please read through the International Student Course Placement information, so you can understand how we use these tests.

International Student Course Placement

pre-arrival communications

All pre-arrival webinars and meet-ups will be held on Airmeet. You can register for the pre-arrival community here.

Go to AirmeetWant to get pre-arrival information sent right to your phone? Join our Telegram channels for periodic updates. 

Visa & Travel InformationFall 2022 Orientation Updates

Housing InformationGraduate Student Information

International Orientation Schedule

Subject to Change until August 15, 2022. Students are expected to arrive by Monday, August 15, 2022; however, we will accept students until August 17, 2022. If you cannot arrive on or before August 15, you must defer your application to spring 2023. 

If you arrive before orientation begins, there will be a Welcome Table in front of the Kearney International Center (Centennial Student Union 250) from July 25 through August 12 (excluding weekends and holidays) between 10 am - 4 pm to help answer any questions you may have. 

Online Orientation Course

To access the online orientation course, you will need to know your StarID and associated password to log into the course. If you cannot remember your StarID password, you can find directions on how to reset it here.

Online Orientation Sign-In

In-Person Orientation Schedule

This schedule is finalized, but some minor changes may occur. 

Airport Information

Maverick Global Ambassadors are available at Minneapolis-Saint Paul Airport for questions August 8 - August 16. MGAs will be located at the booth across from Baggage Carousel #8 and exit door #4 in Terminal 1. Look for the purple shirts!

On-Call Staff

On-Call staff are available each day from August 1 to August 16 between 8 am and midnight. Please call the on-call line at +1-507-613-1220. Don't have service yet? No problem. Text or call us on WhatsApp or Telegram at the same number. 

9am - 11am

(IEP - MGU Students ONLY) MGU Orientation

Morris Hall (MH) 013
9am - 2pm

Placement Testing

Wissink Hall ACC (basement)
9am - 3pm

Check-In for All Students

Bring the following with you:

  1. Signed Form I-20
  2. Passport/Visa
Centennial Student Union (CSU) 253/4/5
9am - 3pm

Orientation Briefings

CSU 245
11am - 4pm

Technology Sessions

Sessions start on the top of the hour

Armstrong Hall 203 & 204
9am - 3pm

Drop-In Technology Help

CSU Basement Service Point
9am - 3pm

Amazing Race (Scavenger Hunt)

Meet outside CSU Ballroom. 

4pm - 7pm

Game Night with MGAs

Heritage Room (CSU 101)

*All orientation week buses will run the Campus Loop, stepping at Summit & Jacobs, Stadium Heights & Highland complexes.

9am - 2pm

Placement Testing

Wissink Hall ACC

9am - 3pm

Check-In for All Students

Bring the following with you:

  1. Signed Form I-20
  2. Passport/Visa

Centennial Student Union (CSU) 253/4/5

9am - 3pm

Orientation Briefing

CSU 245

9am - 3pm Drop-In Technology Help  CSU Basement Service Point
11am - 4pm

Technology Sessions

Starts on the top of each hour.

 
9am - 3pm

Amazing Race (Scavenger Hunt)

Meet in front of CSU Ballroom
4pm - 7pm (Optional) Outdoor Activities - Volleyball, Cornhole, etc. Parking Lot 11 (by CSU) & Julia Sears Volleyball Court

*All orientation week buses will run the Campus Loop, stepping at Summit & Jacobs, Stadium Heights & Highland complexes.

9am - 3pm

Orientation Check-in

CSU 254/5

9am - 2pm

Placement Testing

Wissink Hall ACC

9am - 3pm

Orientation Briefings

CSU 253

9:45am - 11:30am

Advising Session with Student Relations Coordinators

Please show up promptly at 9:45am. Academic advisors need the entire 1.5 hours to explain the registration process.

Meet in Ballroom
11:30am - 1pm Undergraduate Student Welcome Lunch with KIC Staff CSU Ballroom
1pm - 4:30pm

Orientation Sessions including:

  • 1pm: Cultural Transitions
  • 2pm: Faculty Panel
  • 2:50pm: Academic Integrity
  • 3:15pm: Immigration 101
  • 4pm: Career Services & On-Campus Employment
CSU Ballroom
4:45pm - 6pm What to Expect at Registration - Student Panel  CSU Ballroom

*All orientation week buses will run the Campus Loop, stepping at Summit & Jacobs, Stadium Heights, Live Active & Highland complexes.

9am - 2pm Placement Testing  Wissink Hall (WH) ACC
7:45am - 12noon

Registration Group 1: Transfer & Exchange Students

Please arrive promptly at 7:45am. If you arrive late, you may not be able to register during this time.

Meet in CSU Ballroom

9am - 3pm

Drop-in Technology Help 

CSU Basement Service Point
12pm CSU Maverick Bullpen Open - Free Bowling & Billiards** Maverick Bullpen
12pm - 2pm International Student RSO Fair MavAve
12pm - 3pm New Graduate Student Orientation & Welcome Lunch CSU 245
1pm - 2pm (IEP Only) Intensive English Program Orientation  MH 103
1:15pm - 4pm

Registration Group 2: New Student Registration

Please arrive promptly at 1:15pm. If you arrive late, you may not be able to register during this time.

Meet in CSU Ballroom 

4pm Fraternity & Sorority Life Info Session** CSU 201
2pm - 4:30pm (IEP Only) Intensive English Program Course Registration Nelson Hall 203 & 204
4pm

New Student Dinner (Bring Your MavCard)**

University Dining Center
7pm

Indoor Climbing Wall**

Myers Field House
7pm

Kickball Under the Lights**

Intramural Softball Fields
7pm

Open Rec Soccer**

Outdoor Track/Soccer Field
8pm

Serendipity Starlight Karaoke**

Outdoor Mall Amphitheater
9pm

Club Maverick**

CSU Ballroom

Late Check-in is available in front of the KIC from 9am - 3pm.

*All orientation week buses will run the Campus Loop, stepping at Summit & Jacobs, Stadium Heights, Live Active & Highland complexes.

**Part of Maverick Welcome Week.

9am - 11am Exchange Student Orientation CSU 245
9am - 2pm Placement Testing  Wissink Hall ACC
9am - noon Late Course Registration Wissink Hall ACC
10am - 4pm Orientation Check-Out  CSU Ballroom
11am New Student Rally** Bresnan Arena/Taylor Center
11:30 - 1pm

Backyard Bash**

Belltower
12pm

FREE Maverick Bullpen**

CSU Bullpen
1pm

Choose-a-Palooza**

Meet at 2pm in CSU Hearth Lounge
3:30pm

Prize Flight**

CSU Hearth Lounge
7pm

Indoor Climbing Wall**

Myers Field House
9pm

Star Gazing**

Standeford Observatory
10pm

Free Open Ice Skating**

All Seasons Arena
10:30pm

Swing Dance**

CSU Ballroom

*All orientation week buses will run the Campus Loop, stepping at Summit & Jacobs, Stadium Heights & Highland complexes.

**Part of Maverick Welcome Week.