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Orientation for Admitted International Students

  • Mandatory Orientation Program for Fall 2017

    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. Please review the International Student Handbook for more information. 

    Submit the International Orientation Transportation Confirmation Form after receiving your visa and making flight plans. 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.

    Fall 2017 Orientation Details

    Below is a brief, detailed look at the orientation schedule. 

    Monday, August 21, 2017 

    Transportation from Pittsburgh International Airport to IUP
    Arrival day schedule for all new IUP international students:

    10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. — Pittsburgh International Airport Transportation to IUP. One or two shuttles will be going to and from the airport on this day. Wait between Baggage Claim Areas A and B. A seat on these shuttles must  be reserved in advance, and an e-mail confirmation time for the shuttle pick-up will be e-mailed to you. Cost is $60 per person.

    On-Campus Housing Move-In and Walmart Shuttles from Wallwork Hall
    3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. — On-campus housing move-in and Walmart Shuttles to 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, August 22, 2017

    Welcome activities located at Wallwork Hall Plaza from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. We will have backyard games, an information booth, music, Walmart shuttles, and more!  

    Wednesday, August 23, through Friday, August 25, 2017

    Mandatory orientation begins at 9:00 a.m. in the HUB Ohio Room.  Breakfast, check-in, distribution of the detailed orientation schedule, placement testing for undergraduate students, and a tour of Indiana and IUP take place beginning at this time.