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ISSS Pre-orientation program

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International Student and Scholar Service's Pre-orientation program is intended for international students (including members of the Class of 2025, first year students who studied remotely in 2020-21, Class of 2024 students who deferred entry for a year, exchange students, U.S. students living abroad, and international transfer students). To learn more about our pre-orientation program for international students, see the overview below. We learned a lot during 2020-2021 and will incorporate our best practices from this year into future programs. As we develop our plans for next year, we will update this site with details for the 2021-2022 Pre-orientation programs. **Please check out our Pre-Arrival Guide in the right side bar for more information.**

During pre-orientation, new international students meet people who are excited to assist them with their transition to the Middlebury College community. This group includes Program Arrival Leaders (PALs)—experienced students eager to share their knowledge and offer support, as well as the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) staff, who enjoy assisting students from around the world on their journey through Middlebury and beyond.

In addition to meeting other new students, participants learn more about key topics that affect international students—such as maintaining your U.S. visa status (if applicable) and understanding employment options, while also becoming familiar with campus resources and opportunities to get involved. International students find their Early Arrival experience to be very beneficial!

Pre-orientation for International Students
When offered as an in-person program, pre-orientation typically takes place in early September, a few days before MiddView (new student orientation) begins. While we may offer some virtual sessions prior to arrival on campus, we envision and hope that we will be able to hold our 2021 pre-orientation program with some combination of in-person and virtual sessions. This will depend upon national, state, local and institutional policies as well as the public health considerations at that time. We will update this site as soon as we have more information to share about the dates and whether the program will be delivered virtually and/or in person.

Feb pre-oreintation program for International Students
In 2021, our virtual Feb pre-orientation program incorporated both asynchronous and synchronous events, offered in conjunction with virtual February Orientation sessions prior to the start of spring classes. The support continued beyond the start of the semester for the First 50 Days.

We will develop an appropriate program for February 2022, based on current conditions then. We intend to use the lessons we've learned from this year to create an even more effective program for our students who enter mid-year.

Arriving on Campus
By mid-June, ISSS will email deposited students with details about our pre-orientation program and invite them to confirm their participation. We will provide specific information about program logistics when we have more to share.

Students arriving for on-campus instruction will be informed of particular health and safety protocols and related guidance before arrival. Students engaging in remote instruction (if offered fall semester 2021) will be alerted to specific resources available to them prior to the start of the semester.

Note: We will post our future pre-oreintation program dates and details when they become available.

Fall 2021 ISSS pre-orientation program:

Arrival Day: Thursday, September 2nd, 2021

Program dates:  Friday, September 3-Monday, September 6 *until 12pm US EST) 

If our pre-orientation program is in your future, get ready for an unforgettable journey filled with new faces, places and fun to be had. We are eager for you to join us!

Last updated 07/23/2021.

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International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

Service Building - Second Floor
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753
Phone: 802 443-5858