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

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.

Classes begin Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019.

Reserve your fall orientation spot

Arrival information

ASU offers free shuttle transportation to take you to your housing location when you arrive at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Please fill out and submit the airport transportation form before you travel to the U.S.

SuperShuttle instructions  Reserve airport transportation

Parent and Family Orientation information

Parents and family members of international students are invited to attend the Parent and Family Orientation programming happening on Aug. 15 and 16. Please sign up to reserve your attendance.

Register for parent/family orientation


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.
ASU Gammage Auditorium
9 – 9:45 a.m.

Orientation sessions:

First-year Student International Orientation 
Student Pavilion, Senita Ballroom
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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

Graduate International Orientation
ASU Gammage Auditorium
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Family Orientation Session
Memorial Union, Ventana Ballroom
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Team building 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 
Student Pavilion, Senita Ballroom
7:30 – 11 a.m.

Sponsored Student Breakfast 
Memorial Union, La Paz room
10 – 11 a.m.

Indian Student Breakfast 
Sun Devil Fitness Complex, 3 bay gym
8:30 – 11 a.m.

Coalition of International Students Breakfast 
Memorial Union, Arizona Ballroom
9:30 – 11 a.m.

Orientation sessions:

First-year student International Orientation
Student Pavilion, Senita Ballroom
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Transfer and special programs Orientation
Memorial Union, Arizona Ballroom
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

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

Family Orientation Session 
Memorial Union, Ventana Ballroom
9 a.m. – Noon.

Coalition of International Students Carnival and Resource Fair
Sun Devil Fitness Complex
2 – 5 p.m.

 

Sunday, Aug. 18

Big Community Welcome: Ice cream social
Sun Devil Fitness Complex
2 – 5 p.m.