What is Orientation?

Orientation events are designed to help you "orient" yourself, meaning to help you find your direction. UAF offers a variety of orientation events at the beginning of every semester.   Review the Orientation schedule for undergraduate international students or for graduate international students.

There are three groups who will help you find your way on campus through orientation programming:

New Student Orientation (NSO)

New Student Orientation is an office that specializes in helping new students find their way around UAF.  NSO plans a variety of events that help you learn about student life, academic life, and life in Fairbanks.  Dedicated student volunteers, called Orientation Leaders, help new students learn about campus and make connections with other students.  New Student Orientation is REQUIRED for all new undergraduate F-1 and J-1 students, but we also encourage new graduate students to attend as well.  You can register for New Student Orientation here

The fee for Fall Orientation is $75, and for Spring Orientation, the fee is $35.  Undergraduate students, because they are required to attend, will automatically have the fee charged to their account.  

International Programs & Initiatives (IPI)

We provide orientation sessions every semester for new international students.  These sessions cover important information about your immigration status and the rules and requirements for being in the United States as a student.  We also cover topics of special interest in a way that is relevant to international students, such as explaining some of the details of higher education in the United States, dealing with culture shock, opening a bank account, and so on.

You do not have to register for International Student Orienation, because we know you will be there! All new international students are REQUIRED to attend International Student Orientation.  There is NO FEE for the International Student Orientation sessions.

UAF Graduate School

The UAF Graduate School provides orientation sessions for new graduate students.  These sessions will help you understand the complexities of being a graduate student, and can make a big difference in your success as a UAF graduate student.  All new international graduate students are required to attend the New Graduate Student Orientation, and teaching assistants are required to attend the New Teaching Assistant Orientation. You can register for it, as well as the TA training required for new Teaching Assistants at the Upcoming Orientation and Trainings link on their home page. The NSO orientation fee is $115.  And the orientation sessions will be held in the Murie Auditorium.

Fall 2014 Orientation for Undergraduate Students

Fall Orientation will run from Sunday, August 31 through Wednesday, September 3, 2014. Undergraduate international students are required to register for and attend the general New Student Orientation in addition to the International Student sessions. You will have some mandatory sessions, and some optional sessions.  The full orientation will be available sometime in August with a link from the UAF homepage.  A $75 UAF New Student Orientation fee will be added to your student account.


Fall 2014 Orientation for Graduate Students - F-1 Status

International graduate students are required to attend the Graduate Student Orientation Sessions and the International Student Orientation sessions.  Graduate students may also choose to pay the $75 fee and register for New Student Orientation.  The fuller orientation experience will help you become familiar with resources for success and help you make vital connections with other students, faculty, and staff. 


Tuesday, September 2, 2015

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Graduate Student Orientation in Murie Auditorium (West Ridge)

         Required for all international graduate students.

1:30 - 5 p.m.: International Student Orientation I in Murie Auditorium (West Ridge)

         Required for all international students with F-1 and J-1 status.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: International Student Orientation II in Murie Auditorium (West Ridge)

          Required for all international students with F-1 and J-1 status.

1 – 4 p.m.: Graduate Teaching Assistant Orientation in Murie Auditorium (West Ridge)

            Required for all Teaching Assistants.

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