Orientation Schedule of Events
Go Shopping: Rides to Wal-Mart Super Center
Mondays: Jul 23, Jul 30, Aug 6, Aug 13, Aug 20 - 1 to 4 PM – depart from Student Life Center Driveway on 25th Avenue
Shop for items to help you settle in to your new home. Please stop by ISSS to sign up for a shuttle spot.
Social Security Shuttles
Thursdays: Jul 26, Aug 2, Aug 9, Aug 23, Aug 30 (bus will leave at 8 am); Student Life Center Driveway on 25th Avenue
If you will be working on-campus and do not have a Social Security Number, ISSS will provide shuttles to the Social Security Administration office. Please stop by ISSS to sign up for a shuttle spot.
International On-Campus Move-in
Wednesday, Aug 15 and Thursday, Aug 16 – 8 AM to Midnight – ISSS Office, Student Life Center
Aug 16 (Thurs), Aug 21 (Tues), Aug 22 (Wed) – 9 AM – Student Life Center, International Suite 103
Need the inside information on where to go on campus? Current students will lead these tours, highlighting useful offices, places to eat, and favorite spots to study.
Commons International Welcome Dinner
Thursday, Aug 16 – 8:30-10pm, Commons Center Dining Hall
First year international undergraduates are invited to join the Commons Faculty Heads of House and the student VUceptors for dinner.
Friday, Aug 17 - 9 to 10 AM - Student Life Center, Ballrooms A & B
Meet representatives from Vanderbilt departments and local businesses to learn more about the resources available to you! Including Student Health Center, English Language Center, local banks, and cell phone providers.
*INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION*
*Mandatory for all new international students*
Friday, Aug 17 - 10 AM to 1 PM - Student Life Center, Ballrooms A & B
Please arrive early to sign-in during the Information Fair. Orientation will cover immigration regulations, US culture and academics, and introductions to your International Orientation Groups.
Commons Coffee Hour
Friday, Aug 17 – 8-10pm, Crawford House
Commons Faculty Head of Crawford House Dr. Paul Lim invites all international first year undergarduates to share coffee and conversation.
Making Connections: Navigating Your New “Social Network”
Undergraduate students: Saturday, Aug 18 - 10:30 to 11:30 AM – Commons 320
Graduate students: Saturday, Aug 18 - 1 to 2 PM – Buttrick 202
Making new friends from different cultural backgrounds can be a challenge. This workshop will guide you through some different communication styles and friendship patterns that you may encounter in your new home. Look forward to tips from current students on their adjustment process.
Orientation Group Activity
Undergraduate students: Saturday, Aug 18 - 12 to 2:30 PM – location to be announced
Graduate students: Saturday, Aug 18 - 2:30 to 5 PM – location to be announced
Get an insider’s perspective as your orientation leader takes you through a Nashville experience you won’t read about in the tour guides.
Student Organizations Fair
Friday, Aug 24 - 3 to 6 PM – Commons Center
Check out Vanderbilt student organizations and join a group! Get involved, meet new people, and have fun!
Welcome to Nashville Fair
Monday, Aug 27 – 3 to 6 PM – Student Life Center Ballroom
This event will provide new and returning students with information about life beyond the “Vanderbubble.” Local and national businesses participating in the event will provide giveaways, door prizes, coupons, and more. A detailed list of all exhibitors involved will be published in the Hustler student newspaper known as the “Welcome to Nashville” issue.
Ice Cream Social
Tuesday, Aug 28 - 4 to 6 PM – Student Life Center, International Suite 103
Meet ISSS staff and other new international students! Spouses, partners, and children are welcome!
Nashville Bus Tour
Saturday, Sep 1 – 11 AM to 5 PM – depart from Student Life Center Driveway on 25th Avenue
Only $10!! Kids $5!
An Orientation tradition! This popular, annual tour takes you through several hotspots in Nashville! Come to ISSS to buy your tickets. You must pay in full to reserve your seat on the bus. Hurry! Seats are limited!
First Friends Match Day Picnic
Sunday, Sep 9 - 2:30 pm – Fannie Mae Dees Dragon Park, 2400 Blakemore Ave
For new First Friend partners only. Sign up on the ISSS website. Picnic dinner provided. Participating students must arrive by 2:30pm for a brief, mandatory orientation!
Spouse & Partner Orientation
Monday, Sep 10 - 5 to 7 PM – Student Life Center, International Suite 103
ISSS invites all spouses and partners of international students & scholars to attend this welcoming program. It is a great opportunity to meet ISSS staff and other spouses & partners of Vanderbilt students and scholars. Learn about available resources from campus and community partners.
Vanderbilt Academic Life and the Classroom Experience
This session has been cancelled.
Tuesday, Sept 18 – 5-7pm - Branscomb Recreation Room
Get ready for a night of fun and food. Take the opportunity to meet new and current international students and their families, and challenge each other at different carnival games. This event is FREE!
Fall Picnic for all Nashville-area International Students
Saturday, Sep 29 – 11 AM – Fannie Mae Dees Dragon Park, 2400 Blakemore Ave.
Come meet other international students studying at Nashville-area universities for an afternoon of food and games. Stay tuned to your email for more announcements about this event.