All new students must attend orientation week, which includes immigration check-in, a campus tour, and practical information about the IELP, the PSU campus, and Portland. It's an important introduction to your new life here—and it's also fun. Attendance is required on all days.

Orientation Dates

Orientation dates by term
Term Fall 2021 Winter 2022 Spring 2022 Summer 2022
Dates September 22-24 December 28 (Online) March 24 June 16
Adviser talking to student about their immigration documents

Immigration Check-In

For students on an F-1 student visa, we will review your immigration documents to make sure everything is in order. Please bring your:

  • Passport
  • Local address and phone number
Students at orientation

What to Expect on Orientation Day

Orientation is more than an information session. It's a chance to meet your academic advsiors, make new friends, interact with our IELP student mentors, become familiar with your new surroundings, and ask questions. First, all IELP students will receive a welcome packet containing helpful information about the PSU campus and the city of Portland. We will tell you more about course requirements, PSU's medical insurance requirement, and the fun activities we have planned for you throughout the term.

Walking tour of campus

Lunch and Campus Tour

You'll get a chance to relax and talk with your new classmates. On the campus tour, we will visit all the main buildings (including the Student Rec CenterStudent Health CenterPSU Transportation OfficeMulticultural Center, etc.) and show you how to get your PSU student ID card, how to activate your PSU computer/printing account, and where students like to socialize on campus. Prepare to meet many new faces, take notes, and immerse yourself in your new student life!