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. 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.

How do I sign up for the online orientation program?

Students do not need to sign up for orientation since it is required. All new international students will be invited to the Online Orientation via Canvas after you confirm your enrollment. Please check your Miami email for a course invitation.

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

Spring 2021 classes will begin on Monday, January 25, 2021. We highly encourage students to arrive by Wednesday, January 20 and check in with ISSS upon arrival. Even though our orientation program is online, we still recommend students arrive early to fully participate in orientation sessions, familiarize yourself with campus, and get adjusted to local time.

There is no international airport in Oxford. What airport should I fly into? Also, I am not sure how to get to campus and where to go when I arrive.

There are several ways to get to Miami University. Options can be found on our orientation/arrival page .

  • If you live on-campus, you will need to visit MacMillan Hall upon arrival to check in with ISSS and pick up your student ID card (which functions as your room key) and orientation welcome bag. iPOLs and ISSS staff will also help you schedule appointments with the Student Health Center and check your immigration e-form submissions.
  • If you live off-campus, we also encourage you to check-in with ISSS upon arrival. However, it is okay for you to drop off your luggage before you check-in with ISSS. ISSS check-in hours can be found here.

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

If you live on-campus, you will receive your housing assignment sometime after you complete the housing contract. You will be given specific instructions in the housing assignment email regarding the move in process and time. Students need to request pre-semester housing through MyCard if you plan to move in prior to your assigned move in time. On-campus students will pick up their room key/ID when checking in with ISSS upon arrival. Graduate students or students living off-campus should contact the apartment leasing office or landlord to arrange a move in time.

When will class registration happen?

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 the test(s) before advising and registration. Students need to learn about the Global Miami Plan and academic curriculum prior to meeting with academic advisors and registering for classes. We will send out additional information about the process later this summer.


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.).