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    International Student Orientation

     IEA Fall 2015 Photo
    Fall 2015 International Education Ambassadors, Graduate Assistants, & Interns

    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


    Spring 2016

    Summer 2016

    Fall 2016

    Arrival Dates

    January 18-19


    August 27-29

    Orientation Dates

    January 20-23


    August 31-September 2
    Math Placement Exam January 20 TBD August 30

    La Crosse Battery Exam (ESL)

    January 20


    August 30

    Classes Begin

    January 25

    TBD September 6