New International Student Orientation

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Welcome Future Bearkats!

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Welcome Future Bearkats!

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Welcome Future Bearkats!

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

Spring 2020 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: Optional lunches are provided for all students with no additional costs.

All new incoming international students are required to do the following:

  1. Check into the Office of International Programs (located in the Farrington Building, Room 116) upon arrival to receive your updated I-20.
  2. Attend a Mini-Orientation session on Friday, 1/10, Monday, 1/13, OR Tuesday, 1/14. (You are only required to attend one day). The schedule for each Mini-Orientation will be as follows:

10:30 a.m.: Check-in and welcome to SHSU
10:45 a.m.: Welcome to SHSU, What to do when you arrive
11:15 a.m.: F1 student rights and responsibilities
11:45 a.m.: Guide to international student insurance
12:00 p.m.: Welcome lunch at General's Market (optional- free food!)
1:00 p.m.: Campus tour (optional)

Click here to register for new international student orientation

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

Do you want the OIP to pick you up from the airport when you first arrive? Don't forget to also register for airport pickup.

Click here to register for airport pickup

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 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
Justin Ball Justin Ball
Director of International Programs 936.294.4607 F116 D
dana Dana Van De Walker
Recruiter and Special Programs Coordinator 936.294.2746 F116 A
Ricardo Professional Picture Ricardo Williams
International Student Advisor 936.294.3892 F116 F