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2017 International Student Orientation


All new students are required to attend and register for Fall 2017 International Student Orientation. Registering ensures that we have enough food and materials for everyone.Register Now Button

If you are unable to access the registration form, please email isss@kent.edu

Welcome Week Agenda
Date Time Location Activity

Sunday, August 20

Noon - 6:00 PM

Van Campen Lawn

Pre-Picnic Check-In
Once you arrive at Kent State, the first thing you should do is Check-In with the Office of Global Education at Van Campen Hall so we can get you registered. Save time and trouble -- Arrive early for the picnic and take the opportunity to check-in with us.

August 20

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Van Campen Lawn

Welcome Picnic for International Students
The Office of Global Education welcomes all new international students. Please join us for a fun welcome picnic with free food, drinks, and activities.

August 21

8:30 AM - Noon
Breakfast begins at 7:30 AM

Kent Student Center

International Student Orientation
Mandatory for ALL new incoming international students, including ESL students. Breakfast and lunch are included.
Please bring your passport or student ID with you!

Monday, August 21

Noon - 2:30 PM

Kent Student Center

Banking in the U.S. with PNC Bank
PNC Bank representatives will be available following New Student Orientation to assist interested students with filling out bank applications. Please bring a photocopy of your passport with you. They will not accept any deposits at that time, but can do so during Tuesday's International Student Resource Fair (see following).

August 22

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

2nd Floor,
Kent Student Center

International Student Resource Fair
Mandatory for all new international students including ESL students.

August 22

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Kent Student Center

Graduate Student Orientation (GSO)
Mandatory for all new international graduate students. Includes Graduate Student Resources Fair between 11:00 am and 12:15 pm.

August 23

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Governance Chambers, Kent Student Center

Destination Kent State (DKS)
Mandatory for freshman (undergraduate)

August 23

9:00 AM - Noon

Room 102,
Kent Hall Annex

ESL Student Orientation
Manadatory for all incoming ESL Students

  • 9:00 to 11:00 AM: Placement Testing
  • 11:00 to 11:30 AM: ISSS Orientation Presentation
  • 11:30 to Noon: Native Language Breakout Sessions

A light lunch is included featuring pizza and beverages

Thursday, August 24

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Room 101
Aeronautics and Technology Building

College of Aeronautics and Engineering
International Students Orientation Program

A welcome reception and orientation for all new incoming students entering the College of Aeronautics and Engineering. Includes lunch.

Thursday, August 24

1:00 - 2:00 PM

Fetterman Seminar Room, Second Floor
Center for Architecture and Environmental Design

College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED)
International Student Welcome

Join deans and advisors from CAED for light refreshments and a tour of the College's new Center. Open to all new incoming students entering the College of Architecture and Environmental Design.

Thursday through Sunday,
August 24 to 27



Welcome Weekend.
Dozens of events and activities are planned to celebrate the start of the new academic year including BlastOff, Convocation and Discover Downtown Kent. Complete schedule of Welcome Weekend events.

August 25

6:00 - 8:00 PM

Twinstar Lanes Bowling Center

Bowling Night
Come and bowl with us. After a long day, we invite you to have some fun at Twinstar Lanes! Transportation will be arranged for you to get there from the Van Campen bus stop. Buses will leave from 5:30 PM in every 30 minutes until 8:00 PM.

Thursday, August 31

4:00 to 6:00 PM

First Energy Auditorium, 340 Franklin Hall

College of Communication and Information (CCI)
International Student Reception and Orientation
All CCI international students are invited to attend. Enjoy food and refreshments and the chance to meet CCI faculty, advisors and other staff. A presentation will follow about program expectations, opportunities and assistance.

Thursday, September 14

6:00 - 8:00 PM

4th Floor of the Library

International Student Reception
You won't want to all the food, fun and new friends as the University Library welcomes all international students to campus during a special reception.