International student orientation

Welcome to ASU

Arizona State University hosts a number of welcome events for incoming international students. These fun, informative and interactive programs offer an overview of a wide variety of topics that will help you meet new friends and learn about ASU.

If you are living at the Downtown Phoenix, Polytechnic or West campus, ASU will provide free transportation to and from the Tempe campus to attend the welcome events. Shuttle services end at 5 p.m. You can find more information on shuttle services here.

If you have any questions, please contact us at internationalwelcome@asu.edu or 480-727-4776.

International Student Orientation at ASU

Summer 2019 orientation

The International Students and Scholars Center will be hosting a summer 2019 International Student Orientation on Monday, May 20th from 4 – 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union, Graham Room 226, on ASU’s Tempe Campus.  

This orientation is required for all new international students beginning their undergraduate or graduate studies at ASU during the Summer 2019 semester.  You will join students from around the globe to learn important information about the university and how to prepare for a successful academic year. 

Reserve your summer orientation spot

Fall 2019 orientation

Program information

FAll 2019 International Orientation Week will be from Aug. 15 – 16.

First-year students: You can move into your residence hall beginning Aug. 13 after 5 p.m. If you would like to request early arrival housing, please contact housing@asu.edu prior to Aug. 1. A $49 per night early arrival charge will be billed to your student account for any approved arrival prior to Aug. 13.

Classes begin Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019.

Pre-orientation schedule

Arrival tasks

The days prior to International Student Orientation are designed for you to take care of important items before the start of your classes on Thursday, Aug. 22, such as:

  • Finalizing class schedule.
  • Opening a U.S. bank account.
  • Setting up cell phone services.
  • Moving in your on-campus housing.
  • Setting up your off-campus housing (move-in, electricity, etc.).
  • Getting your ASU ID card.
  • Submitting your MMR immunization documentation.
  • Completing your SEVIS check-in with the International Students and Scholars Center.

Check My ASU to make sure you have completed all required tasks prior to the start of classes.

Orientation schedule

First-year student, Transfer (including IADP), Graduate (including masters and doctoral), Parents and family


Day 1: Thursday, Aug. 15

Opening Ceremonies 
Start your new life as an international student by embracing the rich diversity and culture of ASU at a welcome event with greetings from university leadership and student performances.
Student Pavilion, Senita Ballroom
9 – 9:45 a.m.

Orientation sessions:

First-year Student International Orientation 
Memorial Union, Arizona Ballroom
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Transfer International Orientation
Memorial Union, Ventana Ballroom
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Graduate International Orientation
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

TA Orientation
1 – 5 p.m.

Family Orientation Session
Sun Devil Fitness Center, Tempe campus
3 – 6 p.m.

Play Fair and dinner
Get to know your fellow students by attending this team-building program that features fun activities.
Sun Devil Fitness Center, Tempe campus
3 – 6 p.m.

Shopping trip 
Need stuff for your new home at ASU? Join ASU’s International Student Engagement office for a shopping trip to Target at Tempe Marketplace. The store is filled with a variety of home goods, including bedding, kitchenware, towels and decor items. Transportation will be provided.
Tempe Marketplace, Target
Depart from Circle Dr. at W. P. Carey School of Business, Tempe campus at 6 p.m.
6 – 10 p.m.

Optional campus tours:

Tempe campus tour 
Depart from the Sun Devil Fitness Center
4:15, 4:30, 4:45 and 5 p.m.

Day 2: Friday, Aug. 16

Student breakfasts:

Chinese Student Breakfast 
7:30 – 11 a.m.

Sponsored Student Breakfast 
10 – 11 a.m.

Indian Student Breakfast 
8 – 11 a.m.

Coalition of International Students Breakfast 
9:30 – 11 a.m.

Orientation sessions:

First-year student International Orientation
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Transfer International Orientation
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Graduate International Orientation
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

TA Orientation
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

CIS Carnival and Expo
2 – 5 p.m.