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International Student Orientation for Fall, 2016 begins with check-in on Monday, August 15, 2016 with the formal orientation occuring Tuesday, August 16   Orientation is MANDATORY.  You are STRONGLY encouraged to arrive in Mankato by Sunday, August 14 to prepare for check-in and testing on Monday.

[PDF] Sample Orientation Schedule (2 MiB)

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 ISSS orientation. Sessions you miss may require you to make up the session(s). ISSS 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, ISSS 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 purposes, you may have credits that "transfer" to MSU from either a foreign or a U.S. based school.