International Student Orientation
Your first semester as a university student in the United States presents you with exciting opportunities and new challenges. International Student Orientation helps degree-seeking and exchange students adjust to their new academic and social environment.
Notice: Due to COVID-19 we are continually evaluating this program to reflect the current guidance from US CDC and our institutional decisions. Please note that due to health and safety regulations some services might have to be adjusted close to the start of the fall term or might be unavailable. Please keep checking the information below and our email communication for updates. If you have questions, feel free to reach out to us also via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Student Orientation (ISO) is required for all new international students. During orientation, students will have time before classes begin to settle into life on campus and in the US, learn about their requirements for maintaining valid immigration status, the American academic and cultural environment, and the DePauw international student health insurance. ISO is an opportunity to get familiar with important staff and resources and connect with other students. Events and topics covered during International Student Orientation include:
Welcome Celebration reception
Academic culture and expectations
English Language assessment and placement
Immigration information session
Health resources and insurance orientation
Introduction to American culture
These days also promise fun with social activities put together by ISA and upper level peer mentors - the International Student Ambassadors. By the end of the ISO and the following orientation for all incoming students together, international students will be ready to begin their first semester as DePauw students.
A small fee of $30 will be charged to students participating in International Student Orientation which goes toward programming, events, meals, and transportation.
International Student Orientation for Class of 2025
2021 Summer English Immersion Institute: Saturday, July 31, 2021 - Saturday, August 14, 2021 This will be virtual.
Tentative dates for Four-Year Degree International Students (Class of 2025): Students are expected to arrive for in-person orientation on Monday, August 16. (English Institute participants are also required to participate in International Student Orientation.)
International Transfer Students (entering as F-1 Sophomores): Students are expected to arrive for in-person orientation on Monday, August 16.
Tentative dates for Exchange Students (entering in the Fall 2021 semester): Students are expected to arrive for in-person orientation on Monday, August 16.
Exchange Students (entering in the Spring 2021 semester): Students are expected to arrive for in-person orientation on Monday, August 16.
New International Student Guide
How to prepare for arrival
Transportation to Campus
International Student Affairs will arrange pick up for new international students at the Indianapolis International Airport (IND) on the announced arrival dates. On campus, students shall complete a multistep check in process to be able to move into their fall housing assignment, including health screening and housing check in. If you have not notified us of your final travel arrangements or there are changes to your plans since your last communication to us, please notify us through the online New International Student Checklist.
Check In with DePauw Staff
Please follow the instructions received via email on how to find your transportation, meeting with staff, health screening, check-in with housing.
Who to contact for issues during travel
If any problems or delays occur during travel to Indianapolis or DePauw University, please contact the following:
Office of International Student Affairs
Center for Diversity and Inclusion
5 West Hanna Street, Greencastle, IN 46135
phone: (001) 765 658 4850 or (001) 765 658 4368
DePauw Public Safety office (open all days and hours; will contact ISS staff)
101 East Seminary Street, Greencastle, IN 46135
phone: (001) 765 658 5555