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 $36/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?

Spring 2022 classes will begin on Monday, January 23, 2022. Required in-person international student orientation will begin in the morning of Wednesday, January 18. The earliest students will be able to move in to their on campus residence halls is Jan 17, 2022.

Please check the orientation newsletters that will be released throughout December 2022 and January 2023 for more details.

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. The earliest students can move in to their rooms is January 17. 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.

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 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. Academic curriculum information is a part of the online orientation program in Canvas. Once you’ve successfully completed the modules in Canvas, you’ll receive information on how to complete advising and course registration during the in-person orientation program.

You will receive additional information about placement testing from the Admission Office via email.

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.).