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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 making adjustments to the program below to reflect the current guidance from US CDC and our institutional decisions. Please keep checking the information below for updates. If you have questions, feel free to reach out to us also via email at iss@depauw.edu.


International Student Orientation

  • 2020 Virtual Summer English Institute: Monday, August 3, 2020 - Saturday, August 15, 2020

  • Four-Year Degree International Students (Class of 2024): Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - Thursday, August 20, 2020  (English Institute participants are also required to participate in International Student Orientation.)

  • International Transfer Students (entering as F-1 Sophomores): Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - Thursday, August 20

  • Exchange Students (entering in the Fall 2020 semester): Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - Thursday, August 20, 2020

  • Exchange Students (entering in the Spring 2021 semester):  Soon to be determined

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.  All international students are required by DePauw and by the US Department of Homeland Security to report to campus on the first day of International Student Orientation (unless they are participating in English Institute, then the report to campus day is the first day of English Institute), which is indicated in the admission letter to DePauw University.  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 activities like picnics, movie nights, bowling and shopping trips. 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.

Transportation to campus

International Student Services will pick new international students up at the Indianapolis International Airport (IND) on the first day of their International Student Orientation program.  Airport shuttles will depart from the Indianapolis International Airport for DePauw's campus on soon to be announced dates and times. Students should reserve a seat on their desired airport shuttle in advance through the online New International Student Checklist

ISS staff will arrive approximately 20 minutes before each shuttle departs to greet students and assist with questions or concerns. DePauw's shuttle bus will be parked outside the Ground Transportation area (where rental car companies and other buses are stationed).  Students who experience travel delays should contact ISS staff as early as possible to provide updated arrival time and flight information, and staff will make reasonable arrangements for delayed students to be picked up. Contact information for ISS staff will be provided to students before their scheduled arrival. 

Check-in with DePauw ISS staff for orientation program

Upon arrival to campus, students will meet ISS staff at the Memorial Student Union Building (408 South Locust Street, Greencastle, IN 46135) to check in for their orientation program, get keys to their living unit, receive instructions for their first days of orientation, and have the chance to ask questions.

Who to contact if problems or delays occur during travel to Indianapolis or DePauw University:

Office of International Student Services
Center for Diversity and Inclusion
5 West Hanna Street, Greencastle, IN 46135
phone: (001) 765 658 4850

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