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. We will have more information on this soon.

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

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International Student Orientation at ASU

Pre-orientation events

Fall 2018 International Student Orientation will be from Aug. 8 – 10. Please plan to arrive in the U.S. no later than Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, to take part in International Student Orientation programs that week. Learn more about fall 2018 Welcome Week activities happening around campus. Classes begin Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018.

Monday, Aug. 6 — Tuesday, Aug. 7

Arrive on campus before the start of International Student Orientation for a chance to settle in and take care of any last minute items before the start of the semester. Important to-do's might include:

Visit My ASU for more required tasks prior to the start of classes.

Optional campus tours

During your first days at ASU, take a campus tour to familiarize yourself with the Tempe campus before the start of orientation. Tours begin at the Student Services Building lobby.

Upcoming tours: 

  • Aug. 6, 2018, 10 a.m.
  • Aug. 6, 2018, 11 a.m.
  • Aug. 7, 2018, 10 a.m.
  • Aug. 7, 2018, 11 a.m

Orientation week schedule

First year, Transfer (including Exchange and IADP), Graduate (including masters and doctoral)

Day 1: Wednesday, Aug. 8

Chinese Student Breakfast
Memorial Union, Arizona Room
Time: 7:30 - 11 a.m.

Sponsored Student Breakfast
Memorial Union, Alumni Room
Time: 8:30 - 11 a.m.

Indian Student Breakfast
Student Pavilion, Senita
Time: 8:30 - 11 a.m.

Exchange Student Breakfast
Memorial Union, Turquoise Room
Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Coalition of International Students Breakfast
The Coalition of International Students is pleased to warmly welcome you to ASU and invite you to get fueled up and join us for the Fall International Orientation Breakfast. This will be your opportunity to mingle with fellow international friends from all over the world, and get to know more about CIS and Global Guides.
Memorial Union, Ventana, room 2H
Time: 10 – 11 a.m.

Opening Ceremonies
ASU Gammage
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Lunch and Play Fair
Play fair is the most popular campus attraction in history for New Student Orientation. With more than 375 on-campus performances every year, it’s entertaining, fun and educational. Students bond through fun interactive games and sharing experiences. There is no competition, which means the group “swims together or sinks together,” and most importantly laughs together. It's the perfect way to make new campus friendships. Play fair is more than just an entertainment event — it is a team-building experience that has a long-lasting effect on the members of our ASU community.
Sun Devil Fitness Complex, Tempe campus
Time: 1 – 4 p.m.

Shopping trip to Tempe Marketplace
In the spirit and tradition of engaging global students, this trip helps students purchase supplies they’ll need to be successful in their academic pursuits and persist to graduation. Students are encouraged to purchase supplies they can use over the next year or two to be successful in college.
Tempe Marketplace
Depart from Circle Drive at W. P. Carey School of Business
Time: 5 – 9 p.m.

Day 2: Thursday, Aug. 9

First–Year International Orientation
Memorial Union, Arizona Ballroom, room 221
Time: 9:15 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Transfer International Orientation
Memorial Union, Ventana Ballroom, room 2H
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Graduate International Orientation
Student Pavilion, Senita Ballroom
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Lunch: Taste of America and Wellness
Taste of America is an opportunity for international students to learn about the food culture in the U.S. Explore the cultural differences of dining in the U.S., find healthy options and become familiar with local vendors. Taste a variety of food menu options in this exploratory experience.
Sun Devil Fitness Complex
Time: 1 – 4 p.m.

TA Orientation
Murdock Hall, Room 101, Tempe campus
Time: 1 – 5 p.m.

Day 3: Friday, Aug. 10

First Year International Orientation
Memorial Union, Arizona Ballroom
Time: 9:15 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Transfer International Orientation
Memorial Union, Ventana Ballroom
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Graduate International Orientation
Student Pavilion, Senita Ballroom
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

TA Orientation
Murdock Hall, Room 101, Tempe campus
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Lunch and Carnival
The Coalition of International Students and its member organizations host a carnival to welcome new international students. Celebrate the beginning of your journey at ASU with carnival games such as a photo booth, inflatables and other interactive games. Student clubs will also share resources and information to help new students get acclimated to ASU.
Sun Devil Fitness Complex, Tempe campus
Time: 1 – 4 p.m.

Orientation Event Transportation

Arizona State University and the metro Phoenix area have many public transportation services in place for our students. Bike valet, ASU’s bicycle parking services near the Memorial Union and Student Pavilion, will be open during International Orientation. Intercampus shuttle services will also be available for students traveling from the Polytechnic, Downtown Phoenix and West campuses to the Tempe campus for International Orientation Week events. If you have any questions, please contact us at internationalwelcome@asu.edu or 480-727-4776.