Five students walking together on campus.

Orientation is the official start of your program and an important opportunity to meet and network with your classmates. The following information is for spring 2021.

Orientation is made up of three components:

  1. Getting Started at MIIS virtual course: December 10–January 22 (mandatory with some optional content; every student will have required assignments in this course that must be completed by Monday, January 18, 2021.)
  2. Welcome Week live virtual activities, sessions and asynchronous work: January 19–22, 2021 (mandatory; new students not taking January term classes register on Friday, January 22)
  3. Continued, optional spring cohort-based activities: through April 

All incoming students are encouraged to attend as many parts of orientation as possible; Welcome Week (January 19–22) is fully mandatory. You will participate in a number of worthwhile sessions, many of which focus on career readiness and how you can maximize your time at the Institute to achieve your professional goals. Orientation is the perfect time to begin building relationships with what is likely to be your lifelong personal and professional network. For students with a language component to their degree, final language placement information will be made available no later than Welcome Week.

During the three-part-orientation, we will guide and support you in the following:

  • Increasing your career-readiness focus

  • Setting expectations for the community and work culture

  • Helping you to map out your registration plans

  • Fostering engagement across the community