Arrival Orientation

Our orientation program is mandatory for all new international and NSE students. After you are admitted, the International Student Coordinator will contact you with information about orientation.

At orientation, will cover the following subject areas:

  • American/Californian Culture
  • Safety in the U.S.
  • Local transportation and amenities
  • Campus life and activities (tour included)
  • Immigration requirements
  • Forms and document scanning (bring your passport/visa and I-20/DS-2019)
  • Academic advising and registration
  • Online resources
  • Health insurance and healthcare in the U.S.
  • Title IX training

As most new students don’t have cars, we also provide an optional shopping trip to Target where you can purchase everything you need that you couldn’t fit in a suitcase. Housing Services provides a helpful list of What to Bring to your on-campus residences. We are also sometimes able to offer additional, optional trips to explore the local area, such as visiting the Santa Rosa Wednesday Night Market or Armstrong Woods National Reserve.

International students stand in a circle talking happily to each other.
International & NSE Student Orientation


International Students visiting animal booth at Santa Rosa Wednesday Night Market. One student in the back is holding a large, yellow python
International and NSE students visiting Santa Rosa Wednesday Night Market


A group of students stand in front of enormous log in the redwoods.
International and NSE students visit Armstrong Woods