New International Orientation

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Required for all incoming new international students, including bachelor, master, doctoral, exchange, and transfer students.

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Fall 2017 New International Student Orientation Schedule

At the orientation, you will learn important immigration rules and responsibilities that help you maintain your international student status, as well as different resources on campus. You will also have a chance to interact with staff and faculty members from different departments.

Please Note: Breakfast and lunches are provided for all students with no additional costs.


Time: 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Date: Monday, August 21, 2017

Place: Farrington, 105

****New International Student Orientation is mandatory for all incoming international students. Students with a conflict should contact Dana at d.vandewalker@shsu.edu as soon as possible. Only students with an approved conflict will be excused from orientation.


2. New International Student Service Fee 

For Undergraduate/Graduate Students  

The New International Student Service Fee is mandatory for all first-time undergraduate/graduate international students, including bachelor and transfer students (except previous SHSU ELI students). This is a one-time, non-refundable fee of $125.

Click below to pay the New International Student Service Fee. Simply add the product to cart and check out. (We apologize that our office is not able to accept money order, check, or cash, thus students have to make the payment online through this link.)

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The Office of International Programs (OIP) is responsible for all international students and scholars once they arrive at Sam Houston State University. We are glad to assist each department here at SHSU in bringing international students, visiting scholars/researchers and international faculty members to our campus.    

International students and scholars that have questions regarding their time here at SHSU can always visit us in OIP, we are located in the Farrington Building, room 116.  You can send us an email at oip@shsu.edu or call us at (936) 294-4737.   

OIP provides information on most immigration issues and concerns for all international students and scholars here at SHSU.  We are glad to help with other issues such as cultural adjustment, language barrier, financial problems, and health related matters during your time at SHSU.  OIP offer several events during the year for all international students and scholars at SHSU. 

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Contact Information
Barbara Eckenfels

Barbara Eckenfels

Executive Director of International Programs

eckenfels@shsu.edu 936.294.4455 F116B
dana Dana Van De Walker
Recruiter and Special Programs Coordinator
 d.vandewalker@shsu.edu   936.294.2746  F116 D
Justin Ball Justin Ball
International Student and Scholar Advisor
 grad.intl@shsu.edu   936.294.4607  F116 c

Vacant 

International Student Advisor

936.294.3892

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