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SPRING 2012 INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION

PROGRAM OF EVENTS FOR

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

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

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

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25

9 a.m.-Noon Check-In for Orientation
                    University Union, Tillman Lobby
Be sure to Check-In and pick up your Orientation packet

9-11 a.m. English Proficiency Examination (ESL) Proficiency Exam
                    University Union Room 102

New International Students are required to take a short English Proficiency examination. You can take this exam at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25. 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 at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, 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 a.m.-4 p.m. 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 a.m.-Noon Services for Students
                        University Union Room 120
AT&T Mobile and M&T Bank will be available to answer your questions.
 

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Get Your Student ID!
                        Student Wing Room 109
Please bring photo ID with you to receive your official Binghamton Student ID.

11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Lunch
                         Susquehanna Room, University Union

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

1-1:45 p.m. Opening Session
                        Anderson Center Concert Theater
During this session, you will be welcomed and receive an overview of the program.

2-2:45 p.m. Small Group
Meet your Orientation Advisor outside the Anderson Center Concert Theater.

Meet other new students and have your questions answered during this important meeting.

3-4:30 p.m. General Academic Advising

This session will provide you with an explanation of the general academic requirements of your school and the course selection process. Academic Advisors present this session in the following locations:

Harpur College  
- Freshman Lecture Hall 12
- Transfers A-J Lecture Hall 7
- Transfers K-R Lecture Hall 14
- Transfers S-Z Lecture Hall 10
School of Management Academic A, Room G23
College of Community and Public Affairs University Union Room 120
Watson -­­ Computer Science Engineering Building Room N-25

4:30-5:30 p.m. 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.

5:30-6:30 p.m. 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.

6:40-7:10 p.m. Healthy Living
                        Males: University Union Room 209 and Females: University Union Room 120

Enjoy this interactive game with some of your new friends while learning about having healthy relationships on campus.

7:20-8:45 p.m. “Click-In” Binghamton
                        Watters Theater

Get an introduction to life as a Binghamton student through this interactive adventure. A small-group discussion with your OA follows.

8:15-10 p.m. Math Placement Test
                         Staff escorting students to Academic A pod

Any student wishing to enroll in Calculus I or Business Calculus must complete the placement test. You must be seated for the test by 9:55 p.m.

9 p.m.-11 p.m. Late Nite Binghamton
                         University Union Undergrounds

Come to the Union with your new friends to enjoy music, games, and food and have fun!

9:30-11 p.m. Advising Assistance
Student staff will be available to assist with general advising questions; locations vary.

Dickinson Community & Newing College: Chenango Champlain Collegiate Center
Hinman College: Hinman Library
Mountainview College: Hinman Library
Off-Campus: College in the Woods (CIW) Library
Apartments: Hillside Commons
College-in-the-Woods: College in the Woods (CIW) Library

THURSDAY, JANUARY 26

7:30-9 a.m. Breakfast
                       University Union Mandela Room (You will need your Orientation name- tag)

9-9:45 a.m.  Student-Athlete Advising
                       Student Athlete Success Center, West Gym Room 54 
This meeting is required for students recruited for their NCAA Division 1 Sport by BU coaches.

9-9:45 a.m. Student Interest Meetings
Select which meeting you wish to attend based on your interests or admit status.

Pre-Health Meeting Lecture Hall 7
Pre-Law Meeting Lecture Hall 10
Student Involvement Lecture Hall 12
Campus Tour Meet outside the University Union Food Court

Academic Advising With Faculty - CHECK TIME ASSIGNED to YOUR ACADEMIC PROGRAM
Special Note: Be sure to attend those events for the school in which you are enrolled.

Harpur College Scheduling Workshop 9 a.m.-noon
Chenango Champlain Collegiate Center, Room 114 Harpur students, build your spring schedule with the assistance of faculty & staff. Students who are currently exploring majors are especially encouraged to attend.
Harpur College Faculty Advising for Transfer Students 9 a.m.-noon
Faculty offices (see reference sheet in Orientation Packet for office listings).  
School of Management Academic A Room 144 9 a.m.-noon
College of Community and Public Affairs Engineering Building S1 (Conference Room) 9 a.m.-noon
Decker School of Nursing Academic B, Room 114 9 a.m.-noon
Watson-Computer Science Engineering Building Room N-25 10 a.m.-noon

9 a.m.-4 p.m. 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

9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Get Your Student ID!
                       Student Wing Room 109

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

11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Lunch
                           University Union Mandela Room

Bring your Orientation name tag when you’re done with academic advising and grab some lunch!

1 p.m.-1:45 p.m. Transfer Student Involvement
                          Lecture Hall 1
Transfer students will have the opportunity to learn how to get involved in the Binghamton University community

1:45-2:15 p.m. The “How To’s” of Computer Registration

Newing Students LH1 Off-Campus Students LH2
Dickinson Students LH1 CIW Students LH7
Mountainview Students LH2 Hinman Students LH10
Hillside & Susquehanna Students  LH14

Note: You will obtain your required registration area admission tickets at this session!The OAs present information on the registration process.

2:30-4 p.m. New Student Registration
                       Computer Pods

To enter registration, you must submit all forms to Health Services and present your area admission ticket. Be sure to know your B-Number and password! 

5 p.m. Dinner
           College in the Woods Dining Hall

Students can use their student meal-plans to purchase their dinner. You will need to bring your BU ID with you to the Dining Hall. 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.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 27

7:30-9 a.m. 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 a.m.-4 p.m. 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

9:30-11 a.m. Getting Good Grades
                          University Union, Old Union Hall

All international students are expected to attend this meeting.
Discussions in both sessions feature current international students, BU faculty and staff, Orientation Assistants and International Student Volunteers.

9:30 a.m. Session 1- What You Need to Know About Binghamton University:
This is “How To Get Good Grades” strategy and planning session. Learn what is expected of you academically:

10 a.m. 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.
Learn about the differences between Binghamton University and your home University system from a panel of successful international students:

11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Lunch
                           College in the Woods Dining Hall, College in the Woods or Susquehanna Room in University Union

Students can use their student meal-plan to purchase their lunch. 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.

1-2:30 p.m. 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.

2:30-4:30 p.m. 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, Jan. 27-Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012
To see the Dining Hall schedule go to: http://www.budining.com/

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

Best Wishes for a Great Semester!

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Last Updated: 6/3/12