Fall 2014 International Orientation

Required Document Check

Final week! August 25-29

Don't forget! All new international students are required attend one Document Check to confirm their arrival in the U.S. and to complete the final review of visa and arrival documents. It only takes a few minutes to complete, so don't delay.

Document Check Schedule & Requirements

Getting Your Bearings (GYB) Events
August 23- September 14

Berkeley’s welcome program, ‘Getting Your Bearings’ consists of three weeks of orientation activities for all new students. Visit welcome.berkeley.edu to find all events and download the free mobile app. The events below are sponsored by Berkeley International Office and designed for international students:

Week 1:  August 25-29

Pronunciation Tips for International Students 

Tuesday, August 26  |  1-2pm  | @International House
Take advantage of this opportunity to learn practical tools for improving your American-English pronunciation. This workshop will be taught by a professional ESL instructor from the English Studies Institute. Register here: http://bit.ly/1kHQxeB

Meet Your International Student Advisor

Tuesday, August 26  |  3-4pm  |  @International House
Join us for this informal get-together to chat with your Berkeley International Office advisors and other international students.

Wake Up and Excel: Making the Most of Your Sleep

Wednesday, August 27 |  1-2pm  |  @International House
Cal students will discuss the benefits of sleep, consequences of not getting enough sleep, and sleep disorders. Participants will think about their sleep patterns, learn about how to maximize their sleep efficiency as well as the many health benefits of sleep.

Student Store International Discount Event

Wednesday, August 27 | 5-7pm | 2470 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA
Get set with all your school supplies and Cal gear. 20% off clothing, gifts, and school supplies. May not be combined with any other offer. Valid in store and on selected items only. Excludes textbooks, gift cards,diploma frames, clearance items, promotional items, previous and online purchases, calculators, computer hardware, supplies, and software. Photo ID is required.

What’s Up With That? U.S. Cultural Surprises

Thursday, August 28  |  4-5:30pm |  @International House
Advisors from Berkeley International Office will share their tips to help you plan your strategy for adjusting to life in the U.S.

Week 2:  August 31- September 6

Coffee Break!

September 3  |   3-4pm |  @Julie’s Cafe, 2562 Bancroft Way
This is a weekly event that takes place on Wednesdays!  Take a break with friends. Free coffee for UCB students only and great conversations!

U.S. Football 101

September 3 | 7-8:30pm | @Memorial Stadium, Meet at Gate 2
Get a tour of Memorial Stadium and the basics of U.S. Football presented by Cal football players! Plus, free tickets to the first game of the season and more giveaways!

Connecting with Employers at Career Fairs

September 4 | 6-7:30pm | @Career Center, 2440 Bancroft Way
Are you ready for all the career fairs that are happening in September? Hundreds of employers are coming to campus to meet you!

Transfer Students: Achieve Your Career Goals

September 9 | 12-1pm | Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way)
Learn practical steps to build skills, grow your network, and gain practical experiences while at Cal.

Week 3:  September 6 - September 14 (and beyond)

Working in the U.S.:  What to Know About Your Status

September 10   |  @International House  |  F-1 Students:  3-4pm  |    J-1 Students:  4-5pm
This workshop will review the work authorization options available for employment in the U.S. during and after your program of study.

Library 101

September 11  |  3:30-5pm  |  @350C Moffitt Library
Learn how to get started on a research paper, identify appropriate research sources, search OskiCat- the library catalog, and use citation management software.

Day of Service (hosted by Cal Rotaract)

September 13 | 9:30am -2pm | Meet @Dwinelle Hall Entrance  |  Register Online
Volunteer and give back to the community! Breakfast and snacks provided. Visit Cal Rotaract: calrotaract.org

The On-Campus Job Search

September 17 | 4-5:30pm | @Career Center  |  Register Online
A panel of international students and Advisors will share their tips on finding a campus job.

iMix Game Night!

September 17  |  5-7pm  |  @International House
Join us for this monthly social event!  This month, we’ll play games and enjoy some fun and refreshments.  All are welcome.

WEBINAR: Applying for F-1 Optional Practical Training

September 19 | 2-3:30pm |  Register Online
We’ll be talking about the how, when, and where to apply for OPT and why it’s an important part of your academic life. Registration required.

International Spouse and Partner Welcome Reception

September 25  |  10am -12pm |  @YWCA 2600 Bancroft
Register at: http://tinyurl.com/InternationalSpouses
Speak with campus groups and learn about programs and resources offered at University Village and within the community.

WEBINAR: F-1 Employment Authorization for Off-Campus Internships

September 26 | 1-2pm |  Register Online 
Understand the options available to F-1 students for off-campus internships and employment including Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT). Registration required.

Hike to the Big C with BIO Advisors

September 26 | 2-3pm |  Meet at International House entrance.
Join Advisors from Berkeley International Office and your friends on this easy 30-minute hike to enjoy the breathtaking view of the bay! Bring a camera and wear comfortable shoes.