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SPRING 2012 INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION

PROGRAM OF EVENTS FOR

GRADUATE STUDENTS

Please note: Some room locations are subject to change. A final schedule will be available at Orientation Check-In on January 25th.

To view a map of Binghamton University locations go to:
http://www2.binghamton.edu/maps/

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25

9:00am-Noon Check-In for Orientation
                    University Union, Tillman Lobby

Be sure to Check-In and pick up your Orientation packet

9:00am-11:00am English Proficiency Examination (ESL)
                         University Union, Room 102
New International Students are required to take a short English Proficiency examination. You can take this exam Wednesday, January 25th at 9:00am. All conditionally admitted students must take this diagnostic examination, no exceptions.
1. Diagnostic exams are also required for students who scored below:

   106 (Internet-Based TOEFL)
   625 (Paper-Based TOEFL)
   263 (Computer-Based TOEFL)
   IELTS score below 8.0
2. No examination required for student if:
   TOEFL score is higher than those listed above
3. Students who are schooled all in English :
   Must take this Diagnostic test if you scored below:
   95 (Internet-Based TOEFL)
   600 (Paper-Based TOEFL)
   263 (Computer-Based TOEFL)
   7.5 (IELTS)

Note: Even if your acceptance letter from your program says you achieved English Proficiency, if your TOEFL score is below 95 (Internet-Based) you are still required to take this Diagnostic exam. This Diagnostic test helps students determine which courses are the most useful to them in the first semester. (For more information on the ESL proficiency exam see your International Student Handbook.)

The exam will be given on Wednesday, January 25th at 9:00am in University Union room 102. If you have any questions regarding the examination or ESL Courses, please consult with Ms. Jennifer Brondell, Director of the English as a Second Language Program, located on the second floor of the Bartle Library, Room 2412, telephone (607) 777-6725 or email brondell@binghamton.edu.

9:00am-4:00pm Check-in with Decker Student Health Services Center
                        Decker Student Health Services Center, East Access Road
You may check in with staff from Decker Student Health Services Center, today.
If you have not yet submitted your Medical History Report Form, please bring it so it can be reviewed. To avoid delays, fill-out your Medical History Report Form before you go to Decker Student Health Services Center.
http://www2.binghamton.edu/health/document/med_history_form_311.pdf

9:00am-12:00pm Services for Students
                      University Union Room 120
AT&T Mobile and M&T Bank will be available to answer your questions.

9:30am-12:30pm Get Your Student ID!
                        Student Wing 109

Please bring photo ID with you to receive your official Binghamton Student ID.

12:00 Noon Lunch
         Susquehanna Room, University Union

You can purchase your lunch on campus with US Dollars or US credit card.

4:30pm-5:30pm Introductory Meeting for all International Students
                        University Union Room 111

This important meeting will be an opportunity to meet other International Students and to become familiar with the culture you will encounter in the United States. We will also review for you the characteristics of academic life at universities in the United States and answer your questions. If you attended a school previously in the US, this meeting will give you an opportunity to meet ISSS staff and learn about Binghamton University.

5:30pm-6:30pm Welcome Dinner for All International Students
                       University Union, Old Union Hall

                       (You will need your name tag to enter this dinner)
Welcoming dinner for new international students and University guests. Your Orientation name tag is your meal ticket for this meal only.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 26
Eating on Campus Today: Graduate students can eat on campus today. There is a listing of campus venues in your Orientation packet. You can purchase your meals with US Dollars or US credit card.

9:00am-4:00pm Check-in with Decker Student Health Services Center
                       Decker Student Health Services Center, East Access Road

If you did not yet submit your Medical History Report Form, you must bring it to Decker Student Health Services today so it can be reviewed. To avoid delays, fill-out your Medical History Report Form before you go to Decker Student Health Services Center. http://www2.binghamton.edu/health/document/med_history_form_311.pdf

Important! Many academic departments have Orientation Programs scheduled for new graduate students. Be sure you attend your department’s Orientation Program. Go to this link to learn about the Graduate School’s expectations of you:
http://www2.binghamton.edu/grad-school/new-and-current-students/new-graduate-students/orientation.html

FRIDAY, JANUARY 27

7:30am-9:00am Breakfast
                      Susquehanna Room, University Union

Students can use their student meal-plan to purchase their breakfast. You will need to bring your student ID with you. If you live off campus and have not purchased a Sodexo meal plan, you can purchase your meal with US dollars or a US credit card.

9:00am-4:00pm Check-in with Decker Student Health Services Center
                       Decker Student Health Services Center, East Access Road

If you did not yet submit your Medical History Report Form, you must bring it to Decker Student Health Services today so it can be reviewed. To avoid delays, fill-out your Medical History Report Form before you go to Decker Student Health Services Center. http://www2.binghamton.edu/health/document/med_history_form_311.pdf

9:30am-11:00am Getting Good Grades 
                         
University Union, Old Union Hall
All international students are expected to attend this program.
Discussions in both sessions feature current international students, BU faculty and staff, Orientation Assistants and International Student Volunteers.

9:30amSession 1 - What You Need to Know About Binghamton University:

10:00am Session 2 - Strategies for Success at a US University:
Any international student who has not studied in the U.S. needs to attend this important session. International Students who studied in the U.S. will also find this session a useful refresher on key skills for study in the United States.

11:30am Lunch
             College in the Woods Dining Hall, College in the Woods or Susquehanna Room in University Union

You can purchase your lunch with US Dollars or US credit card. If you have purchased a Sodexo Meal Plan you can purchase your lunch using the meal plan coded on your BU ID card.

1:00pm-2:30pm Bureaucratic Essentials for all International Students
                        University Union, Old Union Hall
**Bring all your Immigration Documents to this event**

All new international students are expected to attend this event to have their immigration documents reviewed, signed and copied.
Be sure to bring your passport, I-94 Departure Card, SEVIS Fee Receipt if you have one and SEVIS I-20 or DS-2019 to this meeting. If you have more than one SEVIS I-20 bring all the I-20s you have to this meeting. All students also need to bring the green New Student Biographical Data Form to this meeting.

2:30pm-4:30pm International Student Meeting
                        University Union, Old Union Hall

All International Students are expected to attend this meeting.
Ellen Badger, Director of the Office of International Student and Scholar Services, Karen Keefe-Guzikowski, Associate Director and Shawna Szabo, Assistant Director, will meet with you to discuss current, federal Immigration Regulations governing the activities of students in F-1 or J-1 visa status. You will also get to meet the staff of the International Student Health Insurance Team, Terry Creeden, Coordinator and Lorraine Medionte, Staff Assistant, who will explain how to use your Health Insurance.


Friday, January 27-Sunday, January 29, 2012
To see the Dining Hall schedule go to: http://www.budining.com/

Special Note: Classes Begin on Monday, January 30th
Classes Begin for All Students!

Best Wishes for a Great Semester!

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Last Updated: 1/23/12