You are invited to arrive in Cortland, New York on August 29, 2016 for this Fall semester and on January 18, 2017 for the Spring prior to the mandatory International Student Orientation. This orientation will play a vital role in helping you make new friends, adjust to our campus, U.S. classroom and culture by creating a welcoming and informative environment. You will connect with all campus procedures and policies as well as make new friends. (See a sample orientation schedule.)
Our orientation staff, who are current SUNY Cortland domestic and international students, will lead you through a full schedule of diverse activities and events during this week. These will include campus and downtown tours, shopping for essentials, several seminars and workshops as well as lunch with SUNY Cortland's president and provost. You also will enjoy a variety of trips to Niagara Falls, museums, theaters, the nearby cities of Ithaca and Syracuse as well as a few American sports.
You will be required to attend an international student information session to be held during your orientation week. At this session, you will be introduced to and receive presentations from all campus departments and you will receive critical immigration information necessary to maintain your F-1 and J-1 visa status. Our non-native English-speaking students will be required to attend a mandatory language assessment as well.
We are confident that you will find this orientation experience enormously valuable, as it will ensure a seamless transition to your new home at SUNY Cortland.
To begin your journey to Cortland, please read our "What to Know Before you Go" guide to SUNY Cortland.