University of Vermont

International Student Orientation

During the week of orientation starting with your arrival on Saturday, May 24th and ending with the start of your Summer Bridge Classes on Monday, June 2nd you will have many activities to help you begin adjusting to your life in Burlington, to make new friends, and to learn about all that UVM has to offer. Below is a sampling of some of the activities you will participate in during orientation - most of these activities are required, but we will also give you free time in the afternoons to explore this town which will become your second home! You will receive the exact schedule when you arrive in the USA.

Sample Educational Sessions

  • Understanding the U.S. Classroom: Learn about the U.S. classroom. We will explain the differences and similarities between what students may encounter in the U.S. that might be different from your home country. We will give you some good tips for success!
  • Adjusting to life in the USA: OIE Staff will discuss how to make a successful transition to living in the USA, and a panel of international students will share tips for meeting Americans, living away from home, and being successful in Vermont!
  • Health and Safety at UVM: Our top priority is ensuring our students are safe and healthy and we have lots of great services to help with this. Learn about services at the Center for Health and Well-being and hear from a UVM police offer on how to stay safe in your new town.

Sample Social/Fun Sessions

  • International Trivia Night and Pizza Party: Meet other new international students who have arrived at UVM recently and play a fun game to compete for prizes!
  • Free Time to Explore Burlington: Much of the fun of living in a new place is having time to see all of the great things it has to offer, and Burlington has a lot. We will give you free time and also lots of tips of great things to do, like a walk down to play frisbee by the lake, checking out a restaurant on Church Street, or perhaps catching a free concert in the park!
  • Ropes Course: Students spend the day at the Adventure Ropes Course on the UVM Campus, which consists of elements, constructed of cables, ropes and wood, attached to trees. Your day will begin with warm-up and trust activities, then move into problem-solving initiatives, and low and high challenge course elements. You will spend the day getting to know this summer's USPP Summer Bridge group in the great outdoors.

Sample Settling into your New Home Activities

  • Burlington Treasure Hunt: With a team of new friends you will go off campus hunting for clues that will help you get to know Burlington better. This is a fun way to explore the new town.
  • Setting up a US Bank Account/Cell Phone: Orientation Leaders (other UVM students) will take you to local banks and cell phone vendors and help you set up these new things for yourself, if you would like that assistance. This is optional, but it is more fun to do this with friends than on your own...it can be quite confusing otherwise!
  • Campus Tour: We will show you where your classes are, where you can use the gym, places students most prefer to eat and hang out, and other important things so that you know how to get around our beautiful campus.

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