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International Student Orientation

  • Fall, 2014 International Student Orientation and Arrival Information

    My name is Ryan Greene and I am the Director of the International Student Center at Seattle University. I am writing to congratulate you on your acceptance to the University and to share information about our Mandatory New Beginning International Student Orientation Program (see dates below).  The purpose of the orientation is to get you acclimated to SU and the various resources on campus that are here to help you achieve your academic goals. Another major goal of the New Beginning Orientation is to inform you about the way in which we help you manage your student immigration status.  A final goal is to help you meet new students at SU.
    Whether you are a new undergraduate or graduate student or a new transfer student our orientation program is critically important to your success at Seattle University. Orientation at SU costs $60 (payable by cash or by check made out to Seattle University – sent by mail or paid at Orientation Day) and is mandatoryfor all international students.  Leaving an Orientation session early is not allowed, and in order to travel outside the United States with an I-20 that is signed by SU you will need to attend the full orientation session.
    At SU we do two separate sessions for students that are 1)  “brand new to the United States / non-transfer students” and 2) for students “transferring in to SU from another college in the United States”. In addition to the information provided below, we have attached several documents for your review – be sure to read all attachments and any outstanding questions will be answered in the “International Students Frequently Asked Questions” document. Please be sure to read the FAQ's before you email with questions.
    Orientation for Students New to US Higher Education
    You must attend a two-day MANDATORY SESSION of our New Beginning Program (NBP) on Monday, September 15th & Tuesday, September 16th, 2014, in the SU Student Center Room 160.  These two full day sessions run from 8am-7pm must be attended in full (both days) so we suggest that you clear your calendars now to avoid any conflicts. A continental breakfast, lunch and dinner will be offered on both days. To RSVP for the Mandatory International Student Orientation, please fill out the attached registration form and email it to RSVP-ISC@seattleu.eduBe sure to indicate in the email text or subject line that you are RSVPing for the September 15-16 session. Graduate students will be contacted by their academic program about course registration and all first year undergraduate students are pre-registered for classes. Transfer students will be able to register at Summer transfer sessions they will be contacted about as well.
    Orientation for Transfer Students (Coming to SU from Another US College or University)
    All students transferring into Seattle University from another University in the United States must attend at International Transfer Student Orientation on Saturday, September 27th, from 9am-5pm, in the Student Center Room 160. Please hold this date now to avoid any conflicts, and if you do not attend this event a hold is placed on your student account and your I-20 cannot be signed for travel outside the United States so you will need to attend the Winter quarter orientation in January, 2015. A Continental breakfast and lunch is provided at the Transfer Student Orientation and the cost of attendance is $60.00 and you pay in cash at the International Student Center or by check (made out to the International Student Center). To RSVP for the Mandatory International Student Orientation fill out the attached registration form and email it to Be sure to indicate in the email text or subject line that you are RSVPing for the September 27thsession.
    Transfer Student Fall Course Registration During the Summer
    ALL TRANSFER STUDENTS ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO SET UP THEIR SU ONLINE ACCOUNT (MySU) SO YOU CAN SET UP AN APPOINTMENT TO ATTEND A SUMMER COURSE REGISTRATION ADVISING APPOINTMENT.  You can do this by going to the new transfer student registration page at There are several summer sessions set up where you can register if you are a transfer student,
    Transfer SUccess Orientation Sessions have capacity limits.  Please register as soon as possible to secure your spot by completing your Pre-Registration Survey with the link emailed to you or by going directly to the New Student Registration website noted above.
    Wednesday May 28  9-12:30 OR 1-4:30
    Tuesday, June 17 – 9-12:30 OR 1-4:30
    Friday, July 25 – 9-12:30 OR 1-4:30
    Thursday, August 14 - 9-12:30 OR 1-4:30
    Friday, September 12 – 9-12:30 OR 1-4:30
    A final date in late September will be schedule for later admitted students.
    First Year (Freshman) Undergraduate Student Immersions
    (Optional for New Undergraduate Students; Transfer & Graduate students do not attend Immersion Programs)
    After the two day session on September 15th and 16th, all new undergraduate first year students are encouraged to attend immersion trips off campus with other first year students on September 17-19 – these two-day (in some cases overnight) experiences include programs like a First Year Student Leadership Institute, an Olympic Peninsula Tour, a Rafting the White Salmon River, Hiking the Cascade Mountains, and various Service Oriented Immersions. Trips are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and these will introduce you to your new surroundings, allow you to enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Northwest or develop leadership skills as you enjoy the company and conversation of other new students. Each trip will be lead by an SU staff or faculty member and an upper division student. The online sign up form for the 2014 New Student Immersions will become available in late June so be sure to keep checking this website for more information - Space is limited and reservations are taken on a first come, first served basis. Each activity has been designated for different ability levels, so please select the one best suited for you and your interests.  The student participation fee will be included on your fall quarter bill. Scholarships are available for each activity. If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call at 206-296-2525. After the Immersion trips take place all first year (freshman) undergraduate students will meet members of the entire entering first year class during welcome week.
    First Year (Freshman) Undergraduate Student Welcome Week September 20-27, 2014
    Welcome Week will continue to help undergraduate first year students to get prepared for life as an SU student with new and different activities. It is a chance for international first year students to meet other first year students from the United States. All first year students are expected to attend Welcome Week programs. The week includes an opportunity for families to hear from our president, Fr. Stephen Sundborg, S.J. and for our new students to get together with their residence hall neighbors or with other commuting students at the Lynn Collegium.  Later in the evening new students will meet with their small group and Orientation Advisor (OA) over dinner. The week will be full of fun and informational sessions. You'll laugh at the OA Cabaret, be formally introduced as the Class of 2018, discuss our common reading with faculty, check out the city, hear from Will Keim (a SU orientation favorite!), make lots of friends, participate in a service project, dance the night away and much, much more. For more information please review the new student and family programs website, & visit the Welcome Week Site at If you have questions feel free to contact us in the New Student and Family Programs Office at (206) 296-2525 or email
    Mandatory Immunizations for Undergraduates
    Seattle University requires all students/staff/faculty enrolled in undergraduate courses to provide documentation that they have had two doses of the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR), a Tetanus booster in the last 10 years, and the 3 doses of the Hepatitis B series. In addition to the above immunizations, it is strongly recommended that you complete the usual childhood vaccine series and consider the Meningococcal vaccine. Immunization experts have issued a new vaccination recommendation for meningococcal disease stating that all first-year students living in residence halls should be immunized against meningococcal disease, a rare, but potentially fatal, bacterial infection commonly referred to as meningitis. Seattle University, however, at this time does not require the vaccine. The Student Health Center, like other primary care clinics, offers all of the required vaccines. Please enter your mandatory immunization records online at SU Online Student Health. Once you enter your records please send us a hard copy for verification. We will also accept photocopies of official immunization records from your primary care health provider’s office or records from your high school. Many of you may be unaware that your high school already has this information and is an excellent resource for obtaining these records.
    Final Message to All International Students
    We are looking forward to meeting you this Fall!! Please keep in mind that in order to get a travel signature for future travel attendance at the New Beginning International Student Orientation is mandatory. If you fail to attend the orientation a hold will be placed on your student account until you attend the following orientation held for the next academic quarter.  If you have any questions about student life at SU, please do not hesitate to contact the International Student Center. As soon as you arrive on campus to begin the Fall Quarter, you need to check-in at the ISC, Pavilion Room 160.Bring your Seattle University I-20 form (or DS-2019), your passport, and your visa stamp to our Office.
    Welcome to the Seattle University Family,

    Ryan M. Greene, M.A., Ed.M., ABD
    Director, International Student Center
    Division of Student Development