International Student Orientation

International Student Orientation gives new international students an opportunity to settle in, explore campus and form a supportive community prior to New Student Orientation. Because of visa compliance requirements, attendance is mandatory for any international student on a U.S. visa. Each year, we also have several students from the U.S. that choose to attend.

Fall 2019 Orientation Dates​

  • Arrival: Wednesday, Aug. 14. All shuttles will operate on Aug. 14. International students are eligible to move into their campus housing upon arrival that day.
  • International Orientation: Thursday, Aug. 15– Tuesday, Aug. 20
  • New Student Orientation: Wednesday, Aug. 21–Sunday, Aug. 25
  • First day of classes: Monday, Aug. 26

What is International Student Orientation?

International Student Orientation is how we welcome you to Bucknell and help you get ready for your first semester.

The program is sponsored by International Student Services, and is run by enthusiastic upperclass International Student Orientation leaders and assistants who will welcome you to Bucknell and maintain their relationship with you throughout your first year here. This exciting program serves as a strong beginning that sets the tone for your time at Bucknell.

What Will Participants Do?

You'll get to know other students from the U.S. and other countries around the world. Your International Student Orientation leaders help you get the most out of this week.

You'll have the opportunity to complete your immigration registration, open a bank account and receive your medical history clearance. In addition, you will meet academic deans, faculty and staff as you learn about health insurance, academic support resources, library services on campus and more.

There's plenty of time for fun, as well. The week includes group activities, a trip to an amusement park, skit night, games with other pre-orientation programs and a formal evening event to end the program.

Connect With Other Participants

Email for information on how to connect with the group on social media prior to arrival.

Jennifer Figueroa


60 Langone Center