Required for all incoming new international students, including bachelor, master, doctoral, exchange, and transfer students.
Spring 2024 New International Student Orientation
The Global Engagement Center (GEC) holds international student orientation each semester for incoming students. This orientation is required and is separated into two parts. The first is on Blackboard, a virtual platform, to allow students to learn some important information before arriving to campus. Additionally, we will hold an in-person session on campus to clarify expectations and build community. Lunch will be provided. Please see below for information pertaining to arrival preparation and orientation.
Date: In-person orientation will occur January 12th, 2024, 11:00am-1:00pm
Please Register for Orientation HERE!
Location of Orientation: Sam Houston State University (main campus), Farrington Building, 1908 Avenue J, Room 105
Bring these documents to Orientation: Passport with visa, Initial I-20, I-94 record (find here after you enter the U.S.)
Note: Failure to check-in at orientation with your documents may result in termination of your SEVIS record and F-1 status.
International Student Orientation (modules)
Blackboard module access will be available by August 1st. Complete virtual orientation modules before August 13th, 2023.
Part of International Student Orientation is delivered on Blackboard, as a series of modules. Please see the steps below:
Note: The orientation does not have to be completed in one sitting.
Failure to complete all 12 modules and quizzes by January 16th will result in a registration hold being placed on your account.
We are offering airport pick-up to new incoming international students (if arriving from outside the U.S.) on a first-come first-served basis. Please note that pick-up is only for students arriving at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and is only offered on specific dates. Your flight must arrive before 4 p.m. to be eligible for the airport pick-up.
Please read the complete guidelines and schedule your pick-up HERE.
Arrange your housing: There are many great housing options in Huntsville, but they fill up quickly, so we recommend that you secure housing for Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 as early as possible.
****New International Student Orientation is mandatory for all incoming international students.
Do you want the GEC to pick you up from the airport when you first arrive? Don't forget to also register for airport pickup.