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.

International pre-orientation is scheduled from Thursday, August 22 to Saturday, August 24. The goal of 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 2019 international pre-orientation schedule. Schedule is subject to change.

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Tuesday, Aug. 20: Move-in Day

Students participating in international pre-orientation should plan to arrive on this day.

  • 10:00 a.m., 2:30 p.m., & 5:00 p.m. Free shuttles to pick up students from Boston Logan Airport
    • The bus will be parked on the arrival level at Terminal E. Please look for our International Orientation Leaders who will hold up a sign that says "Brandeis." The bus will be a yellow school bus. 
  • 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Check-in and Move-in
    • Check-in tables will be located at North Quad and Massell Quad. Instructions were sent to students via email.
  • 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch available at Sherman Dining Hall
  • 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Dinner available at Sherman Dining Hall
  • 6:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. Shuttle provided to Target

    • The bus will pick up students at Spingold Theater at 6:00 p.m. Target is a large department store where students can buy household items such as bedding and other personal care essentials. The bus will depart from Target at 7:45 p.m.  

  • 9:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. Shuttle provided to Bed Bath & Beyond
    • The bus will pick up students at Spingold Theatre at 9:30 p.m. Bed Bath & Beyond is a large department store where students can buy household items such as bedding and other personal care essentials. They are offering a 20% discount to all students. The bus will depart from Bed Bath & Beyond at 11:00 p.m.
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Wednesday, Aug. 21: "Jet Lag" Day

“Jet Lag" Day is a day for students to adjust to campus, complete essential tasks, or relax in their new environment. Events on “Jet Lag" Day are optional. All international students and their families are welcome to attend the International Families Information Panel and the Welcome Reception.

  • 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast available at Sherman Dining Hall
  • 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Check-in and Move-in

    • Students will be able to check in to their residence hall by visiting the Department of Community Living, located in the Usdan Student Center.

  • 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Bank Account Set-up and/or Cell Phone Information - Shapiro Campus Center

    • Students will have time to set up a local bank account and review cell-phone services as needed. ISSO staff and International Orientation Leaders will be available to answer questions.

  • 9:15 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. Campus Tours – Admissions Office
    • Students and families will meet staff members at the Admissions Building.  Tours will depart at 9:15 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
  • 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Check in with the Brandeis Health Center – Golding-Stoneman Building 

    • Check your email for any communication from the Health Center.  If directed, please go to the Health Center during the pre-scheduled times for assistance. Please update your information on https://brandeis.medicatconnect.com before visiting.

  • 10:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. Library Tours 
    • Students and families can meet library staff members inside the front door near the Goldfarb Library’s Information & Borrowing Desk on Level 1. Tours will depart at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. 
  • 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch available at Sherman Dining Hall
  • 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. International Families Information Panel - Rapaporte Treasure Hall

    • All international students and their families are welcome to attend this event.  Brandeis staff members will be available to answer questions from students and their families. 

  • 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. International Families Welcome Reception - Faculty Club

    • All international students and their families are welcome to attend this reception. This event is sponsored by Institutional Advancement.

  • 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Dinner available at Sherman Dining Hall
  • 6:00 p.m. & 7:15 p.m. Shuttles provided to Target - Spingold Theater

    • The bus will pick up students at Spingold Theater at 6:00 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. The last bus will depart from Target at 9:00 p.m.

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Thursday, Aug. 22: Day I
  • 8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast in Sherman Dining Hall with International Orientation Leaders
  • 8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Meet to Confirm Attendance at Olin-Sang 101
  • 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Official Welcome
    • Students will be introduced to several important offices on campus that support international students.  
  • 9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Icebreakers & Activities
    • Students will participate in team-building activities and meet new international students and their international orientation leaders.               
  • 11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. How to Maintain F-1 Immigration Status 
    • Students will meet the ISSO team and learn about the basic immigration regulations to follow in order to maintain their status in the U.S.
  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch at Sherman Dining Hall
  • 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Navigating American Health Care – Brandeis Health Center, Brandeis Counseling Center, and Brandeis Public Safety
    • Students will learn about health and Safety in the U.S. and on-campus services for health and wellness. The Brandeis Police will also share information about laws to follow and services they provide to students.
  • 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Campus Discovery Activity
    • Students will work in teams to complete a fun activity around the Brandeis campus! The international orientation leaders will help international students become familiar with campus and introduce them to many of the buildings and interesting places around campus.
  • 3:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Shuttle Provided to Target - Spingold Theater
    • The bus will pick up students at Spingold Theater at 3:30 p.m. The bus will depart from Target at 5:15 p.m.
  • 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Dinner at Sherman Dining Hall
  • 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Games and Activities with International Orientation Leaders – Great Lawn/Shapiro Campus Center
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Friday, Aug. 23: Day II
  • 7:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast available at Sherman Dining Hall
  • 8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.  Meet for Attendance at Olin-Sang 101
  • 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Class Participation & Academic Success
    • Students will learn about effective participation in the American classroom, how to use instructors' office hours, and important tips to help them succeed academically at Brandeis.
  • 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.  American Racial Identities
    • During this workshop, students will learn about and reflect on ways that racial identities are defined and experienced in America.
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Navigating American Culture
  • 12:20 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. Lunch at Sherman Dining Hall
  • 1:20 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Department of Community Living and Hiatt Career Center
    • Students will meet the Area Coordinators from the Department of Community Living to learn about living on campus. They will also learn from the Hiatt Career Center about how to prepare for their global career.
  • 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Utilizing Campus Resources
    • Students will learn about how to find and utilize campus resources.
  • 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Student Panel and Reflections
  • 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Dinner available at Sherman Dining Hall
  • 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Gym activities at Gosman Sports and Convocation Center
    • Students can enjoy sports such as basketball and tennis at the gym with International Orientation Leaders.
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Saturday, Aug. 24: Day III
  • 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast available at Sherman Dining Hall
  • 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Charles River Cruise - Spingold Theater 
    • The bus will depart at 9:00 a.m. from Spingold Theater. The bus will leave from CambridgeSide Galleria after the river cruise at 12:30 p.m. to return to campus.  
  • 1:00 p.m. End of International Pre-Orientation
  • 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch available at Sherman Dining Hall
  • 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Dinner available at Sherman Dining Hall
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Sunday, Aug. 25

International students will attend the Brandeis University New Student Orientation

  • 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast available at Sherman Dining Hall
    • Meal vouchers will be provided to students for this meal. Please remember to bring your meal voucher.
  • 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. First-year and transfer students move in
    • Be prepared that your roommates may move in starting from 8:30 a.m.

Download the International Pre-Orientation Schedule (PDF)