International Student Orientation

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International Education Ambassadors

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, we require all new international students to attend New 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.

Note: Students will be charged a daily $21.50 move in fee if living on campus prior to 09/01/2020.

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

Important Dates


Fall 2020

Spring 2021

Arrival Dates

August 30, August 21 and September 1

January 26-27

Orientation Dates

September 2 - September 7

January 28-31

Math Placement Exam TBD TBD

La Crosse Battery Exam (ESL)



Classes Begin

September 8 February 1