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International Student Orientation is August 14-18, 2017



Orientation is mandatory and required to all new undergraduate and graduate students. Yes, random attendance will be taken during some of the required/mandatory aspects of CISS orientation. Sessions you miss may require you to make up the session(s). CISS has designed the orientation program to provide you with some helpful information as an international student at MSU. Even if you have been an international student elsewhere in the U.S., the policies/procedures at MSU may differ from your previous experience.

Information on makeup requirements will be provided during orientation

Depending on the number of missed sessions, CISS is authorized to place and maintain a hold on your registration. Make-up orientation sessions will be scheduled Friday, Saturday, and/or Sunday—specific schedule of times to view the information will be announced during orientation. Students with prior approval to arrive late to MSU, must follow the late arrival proceedure and attend make-up orientation.

Am I a Transfer Student?

The word "transfer student" has two meanings at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

For immigration purposes, it means you have previously studied and remained in the U.S. and directly "transferred" from your previous school in the SEVIS system.

For academic puposes, you may have credits that "transfer" to MSU from either a foreign or a U.S. based school.

Peer Mentors

Peer Mentors are volunteers who have been selected to assist new students during the international student orientation. Peer Mentors will be leaders of small groups of international students to answer many of the questions that arise during orientation. Peer Mentors are selected based upon their commitment to help others and undergo training to be of service to new students.

A complete list of Peer Mentors will be posted prior to orientation. You can direct your orientation questions to Peer Mentors and they will assist you.

Past Peer Mentors

While orientation for international students who have studied less than a year in the U.S. is three days; there is also a semester course for 1 credit- KSP 106 - Education & Culture in the United States. This course gives students, who are new to this country and to the U.S. higher education, a broad overview of the U.S. educational system, and provides a forum for discussion and comparison of customs and beliefs as they affect relationships among students and professors. You will be provided information on registration procedures for this class during orientation.

English Placement Test

Undergraduate and Graduate English and TESL students are required to take the English Placement test.

Students who may be exempt from the English Placement Test:

  • International Students who have earned a bachelor's degree at a U.S. college or university.
  • International transfer students(within the US) must have an A or B for English Composition
  • Native Speakers of English as determined by test proctors
  • TOEFL scoreds of 575(paper-based), 232(computer-based) and 89(internet-based)
  • IELTS score of 6.5 or higher

If you think you fulfill any of the above criteria, please bring supporting documents (score reports and transcripts) the day of the [PDF]English placement test(48 KiB)

Math Placement Test

The Math Placement test is required to all undergraduate students. Check with the Staff at the Center for Academic Success testing site prior to the test to see if you are required to take the test. Remember to bring your MavCard and #2 pencil.