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International Student Orientation

Fall 2020 International Student Orientation

Congratulations on your admission to Vanderbilt University!  The following information is designed to assist you as you begin your journey here.  Additional details will be posted throughout the semester and the summer.  Please check back regularly for updates.

International Student Orientation is required for all first-year undergraduate students. It is free for all attendees.  Undergraduate international students will be able to move into their residence halls early at no charge during International Student Move-In Day on Wednesday, August 19, 2020. Please make sure that your travel arrangements will allow you to move in on this date.

After International Student Orientation, first-year international students will also participate in the required CommonVU Orientation.

*International Student Orientation is required for all incoming first-year international students. International transfer students and domestic students currently living abroad are also welcome to attend, but it is not required. New international graduate students should consult with their individual programs and departments for a complete orientation schedule.

International Student Move-In Day, Housing, and Dining

On Wednesday, August 19, 2020, between 8:00 a.m. and Midnight, Vanderbilt staff will be on-hand at the Nashville International Airport (airport code BNA) to welcome you!  Transportation directly to The Commons Center on Vanderbilt’s campus will be available, so that you may pick up an arrival packet and residence hall room key. There will also be staff available when you reach campus to assist with your move-in to your residence hall room.  The Commons Center is located at:

230 Appleton Place, Nashville, TN 37203

If you need to arrive in Nashville earlier than International Student Move-In Day, you may consider exploring these hotel options. Those who arrive early will still need to go to The Commons Center to retrieve their arrival packet and residence hall room key on International Student Move-In Day. With questions about your housing assignment, please contact the Office of Housing Assignments.

Dining halls will be closed during International Student Orientation. However, Vanderbilt will provide most of your meals until the dining halls open. Meal money will be available for usage during this time, though students are encouraged to bring funds to cover some meals at local restaurants.

Parent & Family Programs

While International Student Orientation is primarily designed for students, resource information will be provided to parents and families who choose to accompany their student to campus.  More information on these activities will be available later in the summer.  Parents and families are also encouraged to connect with the Vanderbilt Parents and Family Programs Office for additional support. Parents can also find support by calling the Parent Helpline at (877) 887-2736 or emailing parents@vanderbilt.edu.

iLEAD: International Orientation Leaders

iLEAD is a student organization composed of International Orientation Leaders (IOLs). IOLs provide support, guidance, and fun to incoming international undergraduate students during International Student Orientation. Over the summer, you will be assigned an IOL who will reach out and offer support as you prepare to come to campus. To learn more about the iLEAD organization, visit their organization page. You can also follow iLEAD on Instagram @vu_ilead.

To assist you with making this transition, all incoming international students will be assigned to one of eight to ten International Orientation Groups.  These groups – each of which is comprised of approximately 10 international students – meets throughout International Student Orientation.  International Orientation Groups help you form connections and support networks as you establish and navigate your new life at Vanderbilt.

Each International Orientation Group is led by one IOL.  IOLs work collaboratively with Transfer Student Leaders and VUceptors to welcome all new undergraduate students to campus each year.

Applications to be a 2020 IOL are open until February 9.

Have Questions?

For questions about move-in and orientation, call the New Student Hotline at (615) 322-4948 or email commons@vanderbilt.edu.  You can also visit the First-Year Housing Move In Guide for more information about housing and what to bring to campus.

For questions about immigration status and the mandatory check-in process, contact International Student and Scholar Services at (615) 322-2753 or isss@vanderbilt.edu.

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