Orientation Information

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International Student Orientation - Calendar format

NOTE: This page has information only applicable to Graduate Students. Undergraduate students please click here.

ISS Handbook

All new international students are required to attend and complete the ISS Orientation Program. Orientation will include such topics as academic information, immigration regulations, housing, food, Stillwater community, transportation, banking practices, legal issues, health care and American customs.

The purpose of the orientation is to acquaint you with the U.S., OSU and Stillwater and to help you become settled before you enroll for classes. Failure to complete it will result in a hold on your enrollment for each subsequent semester and an additional $100 charge and required attendance of make-up orientation sessions during the subsequent semester.

Mandatory Graduate Orientation is August 11th and Undergraduate is August 15th which is the best time for you to become familiar with the U.S., OSU and Stillwater community.

 

REGISTRATION FOR ORIENTATION

1.     When you arrive on campus, please report to the ISS office located at 250 Student Union to register for orientation.

2.     Bring the following with you.

HOW TO PRINT THE ELECTRONIC I-94

1. Go to www.cbp.gov/i94

2. Fill in the necessary information - as it appears in your passport

  • Family Name
  • First Name
  • Birth Date
  • Passport number
  • Country of Issuance
  • Date of Entry (stamped in passport)
  • Class of Admission (eg. F-1, J-1)

3. Submit and print

THIS MAY BE DONE AT ANY TIME AND AS MANY TIMES AS NECESSARY. YOU WILL RECEIVE A NEW I-94 FOR EVERY ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES.

 

ORIENTATION INFORMATION

AnchorUndergraduate Students and Graduate Students please follow the order of the steps given below:

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  • Step 2: Report to the ISS Office (250 Student Union) to register for orientation and to complete immigration processing. Please be sure to bring your I-20 or DS-2019 with you , passport, I-94, and all other immigration documents.

If you are a student sponsored by an embassy, agency, or company, bring the letter of sponsorship complete with billing address and contact person to the Coordinator of Sponsored students at ISS. This will ensure that you will not be billed personally for tuition and fees.

  • Step 3 (For Graduate Student ONLY) Report to the Graduate College (202 Whitehurst) to discuss about registration holds preventing enrollment to include transcript and language proficiency-related holds.

 

  • Step 4 : Contact your academic department to set up an appointment, and then go to your department with your Enrollment Permit (issued to you in the ISS Office) to meet with your academic advisor for enrollment advising. 
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  • Step 5 : Get a Student ID card at 113 Math Sciences Building (must have a copy of your current class schedule in order to obtain your Student ID).

 

  • Step 6 : Attend Mandatory International Student Orientation . Schedule of times and locations will be given to you at the time of registration for the orientation.

For Graduate Students ONLY 
If you are a student that needs to take the TELP exam, you will need to register with University Assessment and Testing (UAT).  Students must register for the test prior to the testing day. Refer to Graduate college website for more information including registration and test dates: https://gradcollege.okstate.edu/telp.

  • Step 7 : Submit a Change of Address Form to the ISS Office when you have established a local address in Stillwater. The form may be submitted online HERE. (please refresh page if you see error message)

 

Make-up Orientation

Make-up orientation sessions will be available for late-arriving new students during the first month of classes. You will sign up for make-up orientation when you arrive.

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TELP TEST

The Graduate College requires graduate students to take the Test of English Language Proficiency (TELP), before enrollment. The cost of registering is $40. Students can register for the TELP at the University Assessment & Testing center located at 107 UAT Building.

Please contact the Graduate College or the University Assessment and Testing Center for more TELP Test information.

INTERNATIONAL TEACHING ASSISTANT (ITA) TEST

Since proficiency in spoken English is fundamental to effective teaching, it is reasonable to expect that all persons responsible for instructional  activities have a command of the spoken language sufficient to use it fluently and accurately. English training programs in foreign  countries often concentrate on the written language rather than on the conversational idiom. Thus, previous study is not always a reliable indicator of effectiveness and comprehensibility in the use of spoken English.

It is the policy of Oklahoma State University that all persons employed as members of the faculty, as teaching assistants or teaching associates, or for any other assignments involving oral instruction be proficient in spoken English.

The ITA Test is given the week before the Fall and Spring semesters begin. Students who qualify for testing by their internet-based TOEFL or IELTS test scores can register for the test directly. Students who do not qualify by their test scores should contact their program office to determine whether they are eligible for testing. Please go to the following website for more information: https://gradcollege.okstate.edu/telp.  and check with your Department for further instructions.

The cost of the ITA is $45.  All people who register will have their Bursar account billed for this amount. ITA exams are grouped by graduate program and the scheduled time may vary depending upon the number of students registered from each graduate program. The final schedule is usually released the day of the exam. To register for the ITA Test, please email itaexam@okstate.edu.

visit ITA Registration for more information.

 

CAMP COWBOY

It is three event-filled days preparing for life as an OSU Cowboy! Campers will participate in experiences with counselors and fellow campers and learn the traditions of Oklahoma State University.

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR ORIENTATION