Orientation is made up of activities and sessions to help you make connections and learn what you need.
We have developed a set of five core orientation sessions that distill the key questions and needs of new students.
Welcome Session: Meet our staff and learn about the Office of International Education, and participate in activities to get to know the other new international students as we start our time together.
Going to University in the US/Going to Graduate School in the US: Learn about the US classroom and the cultural expectations you may experience while in UVM classrooms, plus learn about how to enhance your academic experience by getting involved outside of the classroom.
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. We will also help explain some basics of accessing healthcare in the US and using your insurance.
Immigration Regulations: F-1 and J-1 students will learn about the rules of maintaining their visa status and your rights and benefits on your non-immigrant status.
Adjusting to Life in the US: Think about and discuss big US cultural values, how to adjust to living in a new country, and learn some quick ideas for daily life in the US.
Beyond the orientation sessions, we have daily events for you to connect with other new students, settle into your new home in Vermont, and explore the UVM campus. Some examples:
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.
Shopping Trips: Orientation volunteers (other UVM students) will show you how to navigate the local bus system and take you to get the things you need to start your life in Burlington.
Bank Visits/Cell Phone Set-up: Orientation volunteers 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.
Campus Scavenger Hunt: Form a team and go explore campus looking for clues - you get to know your new home and get to know fellow students. Plus, there are prizes a the end!
Ice Hockey 101: At this fun event, members of the men's and women's ice hockey teams will teach you about one of UVM's popular sports and give you a chance to get on the ice to try some hockey basics.
Evening Social Events: Every evening there will be events to connect you with other students. These include getting creemees (soft serve ice cream) by the lake, game nights, trivia competitions, and more.