International Undergraduate Student Pre-Orientation

We are excited to welcome our international students and families to Brandeis University! International undergraduate students are scheduled to move in on Tuesday, August 20. Wednesday, August 21 will be spent as an acclimation day for students to do things like get over jet lag, shop for necessities, go on campus tours, or simply relax in their new environment.

The international pre-orientation is scheduled from Thursday, August 22 to Saturday, August 24. The goal of the international pre-orientation is to introduce our new students to the many resources Brandeis has to offer to all students. You will meet first-year peers, other students, faculty, and staff members. Everyone at Brandeis is here to help you as you join our community.

Please check this website regularly throughout the summer for updated information. Please email the ISSO international pre-orientation program if you have any questions. We are ready to help you!

International Pre-Orientation Schedule

Below is the 2018 pre-orientation schedule. The 2019 schedule will be posted soon.

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Tuesday, Aug. 21: Move-in Day
  • 9 a.m.-7 p.m.: Airport Pickup

  • 9 a.m.-9 p.m.: Check in at North Quad and Massell Quad

  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m.: Campus Card Office (Kutz Hall Ground Floor)

  • 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Health Center (Stoneman/Golding Building)

  • 6-10 p.m.: Target Trip (Meet at Spingold Theatre. Last bus returns at 9:15 p.m. Do not miss the bus.)

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Wednesday, Aug. 22: Acclimation Day
  • 8-9 a.m.: Breakfast (Sherman Dining Hall)

  • 9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Check in at Department of Community Living (Usdan G032)

  • 9 a.m.-2 p.m.: Set up bank accounts and phones (Shapiro Campus Center Atrium)

  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m.: Campus Card Office (Kutz Hall Ground Floor)

  • 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Health Center (Stoneman/Golding Building)

  • 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Campus Tour (Meet in Shapiro Campus Center Atrium at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., or 1:30 p.m.)

  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Library Tour (Meet at the library at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., or 2 p.m.)

  • 2-3:30 p.m.: International Family Panel (Sherman Function Hall. All students and families are welcome to attend.)

  • 4-5 p.m.: International Families Welcome Reception (Faculty Club. Sponsored by Institutional Advancement)

  • 6-10 p.m.: Target Trips (Meet at Spingold Theatre. Last bus returns at 9:15 p.m. Do not miss the bus.)

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Thursday, Aug. 23: Day I

All events take place in the Shapiro Campus Center Theatre, unless otherwise noted.

  • 8-9 a.m.: Breakfast (Sherman Dining Hall)

  • 8:45-9 a.m.: Meet OL, Roll call/Take attendance

  • 9-10 a.m.: Official Welcome

  • 10-10:45 a.m.: Icebreakers & Activities

  • 10:45-11 a.m.: Break

  • 11 a.m.-12 p.m.: Meet Academic Services and Roosevelt Fellows

  • 12-1 p.m.: International Students & Scholars Office

  • 1-2 p.m.: Lunch

  • 2-2:45 p.m.: Public Safety

  • 2:45-4:15 p.m.: Brandeis Counseling Center

  • 4:15-4:30 p.m.: Break

  • 4:30-5 p.m.: Health Center

  • 5-5:30 p.m.: Small Groups Discussion

  • 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Dinner

  • 7-10 p.m.: Target Trips (Meet at Spingold Theatre. Last bus returns at 9:15 p.m. Do not miss the bus.)

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Friday, Aug. 24: Day II

All events take place in Sherman Function Hall, unless otherwise noted.

  • 8-9 a.m.: Breakfast (Sherman Dining Hall)

  • 9-9:50 a.m.: Class Participation and Student Success

  • 10-10:50 a.m.: Academic Session

  • 11-11:50 a.m.: Diversity I-Race and Racial Identity

  • 12-12:50 p.m.: Diversity II-Gender and Sexuality

  • 1-2 p.m.: Lunch

  • 2-2:50 p.m.: Starting Your Global Career-Hiatt Career Center

  • 3-3:50 p.m.: Meet Department of Community Living

  • 4-4:50 p.m.: Using Campus Resources to Succeed at Brandeis

  • 5-5:30 p.m.: Small Group Discussion

  • 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Dinner

  • 6:30-8 p.m.: Free time

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Saturday, Aug. 25: Day III

All events take place in Sherman Function Hall, unless otherwise noted. Please bring your laptop with you if you have one.

  • 8-9 a.m.: Breakfast

  • 9-10 a.m.: Navigating American Culture

  • 10-11 a.m.: Intercultural Workshop

  • 11-11:30 a.m.: Evaluation & Assessment

  • 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch

  • 1-5 p.m. Boston Harbor Cruises (Board bus at 1 p.m. in front of the Spingold Theater. )

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Sunday, Aug. 26

International Students join New Student Orientation at the mid-day start time.

*Please update your information on https://brandeis.medicatconnect.com before visiting the Health Center.

Download the Pre-orientation Schedule