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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 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 intlstudents@depauw.edu.


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.