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New International Student Orientation

Spring Orientation

NEW INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION

  • Pre-Arrival Orientation: All new international undergraduate students need to complete the Cranwell online Pre-Arrival Immigration Orientation. Students need to watch the videos and obtain 100% on all the quizzes. Information regarding the Pre-Arrival Orientation will be sent from international@vt.edu.
  • Orientation: New Student and Family Program (NSFP) coordinates orientation for new undergraduate students including international students. Information regarding mandatory online modules and registration for orientation on January 13 will be sent from orientation@vt.edu. The detailed orientation schedule will be communicated by NSFP and may be viewed on the Hokies on Track app once it is updated.
  • Academic Advising: Academic advising for new international students is coordinated by each college. Please look out for emails from your academic college/department. You will meet with your academic advisor and select classes during the advising sessions.
  • On-campus housing move-in: If you are a new international student who has an on-campus Housing contract for Spring 2023, you will be able to move in on January 13. The detailed moving information will be communicated by Housing; please look out for emails from housing@vt.edu.
  • Pre-Arrival Orientation: All new international undergraduate students need to complete the Cranwell online Pre-Arrival Immigration Orientation. Students need to watch the videos and obtain 100% on all the quizzes. Information regarding the Pre-Arrival Orientation will be sent from international@vt.edu.
  • New International Student Graduate Pre-Arrival Webinar: November 8 8:00-9:30am Cranwell hosted a virtual session for new international graduate students to go over pre-arrival and arrival information. Please download the presentation slides below and review them:
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International Graduate Student Pre Arrival Webinar Spring 2023.pdf
  • International Graduate Student Orientation: January 11 9:00am-2:00pm. You will learn important information from staff from Cranwell International Center, Graduate School, and multiple campus resources (Payroll, Schiffert Health Center, Medical Insurance, Writing Center etc.) to help you navigate life at Virginia Tech as an international graduate student. Coffee and lunch will be provided, registration is required, registration closes at January 6th noon EST.
  • Grad School orientation and welcome events: The Graduate School will offer orientation to all new graduate students, please check their website to see updated information.
  • Departmental orientation: Each academic department will hold orientation, dates and times vary. Please check with your department to confirm. If there is a time conflict between the international student orientation on January 11th, please prioritize your departmental orientation.

WELCOME ACTIVITIES FOR NEW INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS (GRADUATE AND UNDERGRADUATE)

WoW is an extended orientation and transition experience. Multiple events and programs are being offered; you can check the event schedule on Hokies on Track app.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS FOR NEW INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

All new students are required to submit a completed Immunization History Form to the Schiffert Health Center, by December 31 (If your form is not received by the due date, you may be subject to a late fee of $100). For additional questions regarding this requirement, students may contact the Schiffert Health Center at +1.540.231.6444 or at health@vt.edu. If the immunization history is missing or not meeting the requirement, please contact Schiffert to schedule immunization appointment upon arrival. 

University policy requires that international students in F-1 and J-1 status, as well as any accompanying dependents, maintain adequate health insurance coverage during their time at Virginia Tech. Students may select a policy or insurer of their choice, as long as the coverage meets or exeeds the minimum requirements. Students who do not comply with this requirement will receive a registration hold on their record.

VIRGINIA TECH POLICY: Students who are enrolled full-time are encouraged to purchase coverage through Aetna, which provides a plan through Virginia Tech that meets the minimum university requirements. 

NON-VIRGINIA TECH POLICY: Students may choose to purchase a policy not associated with Virginia Tech, however, it must meet the minimum university requirements (see below) and students must submit a waiver to the Student Medicial Insurance office. 

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