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Mandatory Orientation Program for Spring 2016

IUP provides a mandatory three- to four-day International Student Orientation Program for all new students. You are required to attend. It is not optional. It will cover basic and important issues which will enable you to settle quickly into life at IUP and the Indiana community itself. Even if you have had prior experience in the U.S., we require that you attend. You can also download the International Handbook

Submit the “International Orientation Arrival Form” in MyIUP (IUP computer account). After receiving your visa and making flight plans, follow instructions for logging into MyIUP. In MyIUP, choose “Student Services” and then “International Orientation Arrival Form.” E-mail questions to

About the Orientation

On the first day of Orientation, a breakfast will be served buffet style, and an orientation packet with the complete schedule will be distributed at that time. Students are required to arrive for the first session on this day, and subsequent sessions that will be held until classes begin.

Note: One to two meals per day will be provided during Orientation. Dining halls will not always be open; please be prepared to pay for any additional meals during this time.

Placement Testing at IUP

Please note that all undergraduate students (freshman and transfer, as well as exchange students who are interested in taking English or math courses) must take English and math tests to assist academic advisors with course registration and accurate course placement. Testing is mandatory and will be conducted during Orientation. No preparation is necessary for these tests.

Spring 2016 Orientation Details

Below is a brief detail of the orientation schedule. 

Monday, January 11, 2016

  • Transportation from Pittsburgh International Airport to IUP
    If you need transportation, please make sure to submit the “International Orientation Arrival Form” in URSA (IUP computer account). After receiving your visa and making flight plans, follow instructions for logging in to MyIUP. In MyIUP, choose “Student Services” and then “International Orientation Arrival Form.” Enter information about your flight arrival so we will reserve a seat for you on our shuttle. E-mail questions to Cost: $60 

    One or two shuttles will be going to and from the airport on this day. Wait between Baggage Claim Areas A and B. Note: A seat on these shuttles must be reserved in advance, and an e-mail confirmation time of the shuttle pick up will be e-mailed to you. Cost is $60 per person. If you will not arrive this day, see other transportation options.
  • 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. 
    On-Campus Housing Move-In, and Walmart Shuttles from Wallwork Hall
    On-campus housing check-in for all students who have submitted housing contracts will be in Wallwork Hall. Please note: IUP will not be able to accommodate arrivals before 3:00 p.m. or after 10:00 p.m. Shuttles to Walmart department store for any items needed by new students will be running every hour, departing from Wallwork Hall. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

  • Mandatory orientation begins at 9:00 a.m. Lunch, check-in and receive detailed orientation schedule, placement testing for undergraduate students, a tour of Indiana and IUP and MBA Advising. 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Undergraduate placement testing

Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • Academic advising

Friday, January 15, 2016

  • Class scheduling and payment

  • Office of International Education
  • Delaney Hall, Suite B25
    920 Grant Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2295
  • Fax: 724-357-2514
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.