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  • Orientation

    International Student Orientation

     Peer Advisors
    International Student Advisor, Miranda Panzer, with Fall 2014 Peer Advisors

    Orientation is mandatory for all new international students!


    Coming to a new country can be an exciting opportunity, but also a challenging experience.  To help with the transition from your home country to the U.S. and UWL, the International Education & Engagement Office requires all new international students to attend International Student Orientation.

    Orientation will provide you with information about campus life, the La Crosse community as well as immigration regulations.  Life as an international student means balancing the requirements of U.S. immigration regulations and maintaining high academic standards.  American culture requires you to take personal responsibility for learning, understanding, and following all regulations.  During orientation week, you will be introduced to upcoming challenges and provided resources to help with any questions you might have.

    We will offer a campus tour, a shopping trip, information about maintaining your immigration status, a banking session, and evening social events to help acquaint you with your fellow students.  You will be assigned a peer advisor, who is a current student and will be available to help you find your way around campus, answer your questions, and be a friendly face throughout orientation week and beyond.

    Upon your arrival at UW-La Crosse, you will receive a detailed orientation schedule.

    Important Dates


    Fall 2015

    Spring 2016

    Summer 2016

    Arrival Dates

    August 30 - September 1

    January 18 and January 19


    Orientation Dates

    September 2-7

    January 20-23

    Math Placement Exam September 1 TBD TBD

    La Crosse Battery Exam (ESL)

    September 1

    January 20


    Classes Begin

    September 8 

    January 25 TBD