International Student Orientation

The International Student Orientation sessions will be your first student event at IU South Bend. It’s a chance to meet new people, enjoy fun activities, find out more about the University, and take care of the business of becoming a student.


Summer International Student Orientation
June 21, 2018, 8:30am
 Alumni Room, 2nd Floor, Administration Building

Fall International Student Orientation
August 8, 2018, 8:30am
 Alumni Room, 2nd Floor, Administration Building

Orientation Schedule and ActivitiesList of What to Bring to Orientation

Check in for International Student Orientation will take place from 8:00 to 8:30am.  You will receive your orientation packet, which will include an overview of the orientation program, a listing of the placement examinations you will be taking, and general information on IU South Bend’s services and resources.

During the Orientation Schedule, you will:

  • Tour campus
  • Meet other international students and connect with the International Student Organization
  • Take required placement exams
  • Meet with your academic advisor
  • Register for classes
  • Receive health and accident insurance information
  • Have your visa status reviewed (please bring your passport and Visa documentation)
  • Attend a workshop on U.S. immigration policies and regulations

If you have any questions about International Student Orientation, please contact the Office of International Student Services.

Placement Examinations

All first-time international students and transfer students must take placement exams in English and mathematics, unless otherwise exempt. Incoming students who have studied French, German, Japanese, and/or Spanish are encouraged to take the foreign language exam for placement purposes. The exams will not be graded; the results are only used to place you in the courses appropriate to your skill level.

In order to better facilitate class scheduling and registration, all incoming international students who place into one or more ESL classes after taking the ESL placement exam will be automatically enrolled in their prescribed ESL class(es) by the Monday before classes begin. Returning students will be pre-registered each semester in prescribed ESL coursework according to the established sequence. Students who are placed in non-ESL composition courses must register on their own or with their advisors.

Students who want to appeal their placement or adjust their schedules with regard to pre-registration for ESL course work must contact the ESL Program Director once assessment is completed.

In addition to the exams listed above, graduate students entering the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program may take the Graduate Business Placement Examinations. The examinations cover financial accounting, mathematical tools in business, economics, and organizational behavior. Graduate Business Placement Examinations will take place on a separate day from the rest of orientation. You must reserve a space if you intend to take these tests. Contact Amanda Horter ( for more information or to indicate your intent to take the exams.

Graduate students entering the M.B.A., Master of Science in Accounting, or the Master of Science in Management Information Technologies may have the option to take the computer proficiency examination.

What to Bring with You

As part of International Student Orientation, the OISS will scan your immigration documents and collect emergency contact information. We will collect the following documents, as well as the details for your emergency contacts on the second day of orientation:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • I-94 card
  • I-20 or DS-2019 (please bring originals of all I-20s in your possesion)
  • Legal Permanent Resident Card/Green Card
  • Any other immigration documents

IN ADDITION: Please bring your original, official academic documents for review. The hold on your student account can not be lifted until you have presented for inspection the academic documents which you submitted as copies during the application process.