Orientation FAQ

If you have additional questions after reviewing the information below, please contact ISSS at international@miamioh.edu .

Is Orientation mandatory? Why?

Yes, it is mandatory. The primary goal of our orientation is to help new international students have a smooth transition to the Miami University campus and U.S. life. International Student Orientation provides international students with vital information and resources to maintain visa status, learn about Miami’s academic and student conduct policies, introduce students to various resources on campus, and also provides an opportunity to meet and connect with other international students and iPOLs.

Is there a fee to attend orientation?

No, there is no cost to attend orientation. However, all new students will be charged a one-time international student fee. Undergraduate students will be charged $200 and graduate students will be charged $100. You will see this charge on your Miami bill 1-2 weeks after the start of the semester.

Also, please note that for those living on-campus a pre-semester move-in fee of around $40/night will be charged until the housing contract begins.

How do I register for orientation?

Registration details will be shared in the Orientation Newsletter. Please make sure you are regularly checking your MiamiOH.edu email.

I am getting ready to make travel plans. When should I arrive?

Fall 2023 classes will begin on Monday, August 28, 2023. Required in-person international student orientation will begin in the morning of Friday, August 18 for new international graduate students and in the morning of Monday, August 21 for new international undergraduate students.

The earliest students will be able to move into their on campus residence halls is Friday, August 18, 2023.

New international students should plan to move in before their in-person orientation session.

  • Incoming graduate students should move in BEFORE Friday, August 18, 2023.
  • Incoming undergraduate students should move in BEFORE August 21, 2023.

ISSS will have staffing and arrival support services at MacMillan Hall from August 17 - August 27. ISSS will offer one airport pickup on the weekend of August 19-20.

Please check the orientation newsletters for more details.

When can I move in and where do I get my room key?

Students living on-campus will receive their housing assignment sometime after they complete the housing contract. You will be given specific instructions in the housing assignment email regarding the move in process, how to request an early move in date and how to access your room.

Students living off-campus should contact the apartment leasing office, property management or landlord for move-in arrangements and time.

When will class registration happen?

Undergraduate Students:

Miami requires placement tests for most incoming students. Based on the standardized test results that you submitted to the Admission Office, you might need to complete English Speaking, English Writing and Math placement test(s) before advising and course registration. Students need to learn about the Miami Plan and academic program prior to meeting with academic advisors and registering for classes as part of the online orientation program in Canvas, Miami’s learning management system. Once you’ve successfully completed the academic preparation modules in Canvas, you’ll receive information on how to meet with an academic advisor and complete course registration.

Please check your MiamiOH.edu email for additional information about placement testing and preparing for academic advising.

Graduate Students:

Consult with your department to register for courses.

In our orientation newsletter, you will learn more about other important topics such as campus resources, life in Oxford (banking, shopping, cell phone services, festivals, etc.) and departure related topics (what to pack, how much money to bring, shipping packages to campus, etc.).