Spring 2014 Orientation & Document Check

Thursday, January 15, 2014  |  Location to be announced

We hope you can join us for this day-long event. Get helpful information and network with other new students like yourself!  Listed below is our SAMPLE program.  We're still working out the details, so please come back back here again in January to see the latest updates!

8-9am | Document Check & Breakfast

Berkeley International Office will treat you to a continental breakfast while we complete the required visa document review. ***If you are unable to attend Orientation, an alternate Document Check is scheduled for January 23rd 4-5pm @ International House.*** Please bring the following to Document Check:

  1. Passport
  2. Passport admission stamp or I-94
  3. Form I-20 (F-1) or DS-2019 (J-1)
  4. Arrival Form [doc](fill out in advance)

9am-5pm | Orientation Program

9am Welcome & Introductions
We’ll introduce the BIO staff who are here to help you.
9:15am Campus Road Map
We'll look ahead and map out what to expect in your academic and social life at Cal.
9:45am Team Builders
Get to you know your fellow classmates through some fun activities led by current UC Berkeley students.
10:15am Academic Advising
Academic Advisors will cover basic requirements for your program and answer your questions.
11am Academic Success
Staff from University Health Services and the Student Learning Center will share their perspectives on the U.S. classroom, accessing advising services, and academic culture and integrity.
11:25am Nobody Ever Told Me About That
Common mistakes students make and how to keep your most critical business in order.
11:45am Team Photos & Lunch
1:15pm Getting Around Berkeley
Get tips on public transportation and an orientation to the city and local businesses.
2pm Health & Safety
Find out about the wellness resources on campus to keep you healthy! Safety tips and services will also be discussed.
2:45pm The Personalized Experience
Discussion about common challenges students face at Cal. Current international students will talk about their experiences.
3:30pm Top Campus Resource Hunt
Find resources and learn about Berkeley traditions! Team up with new friends to solve puzzles and complete your mission! Return to Dwinelle for refreshment and an exciting conclusion.
5pm Pizza Party!
Celebrate the start of the semester and enjoy a slice of Berkeley’s best pizza with your new friends.