As you prepare to come to Gordon and to the U.S., here are some useful resources and tools to assist you in your transition. Please do not hesitate to contact the International Student Advisor, Cheryl DeLuca, or any of the ISO Leaders if you have questions!
ARRIVING AT GORDON
Spring 2014 Orientation
Orientation for students enrolling for Spring 2014 students will be held January 12–14. International Students can move into their residence halls on Sunday, January 12.
Transportation to campus from the airport or train station will be provided by orientation staff. Please e.mail orientationgordon.edu and firstname.lastname@example.org with your arrival information. Student information as well as packing tips, etc. can be found at orientationgordon.edu/orientation. We are looking forward to your arrival and introducing you to our wonderful Gordon community.
Fall 2014 Orientation
Before joining the rest of Gordon’s incoming freshmen for Orientation, international students and U.S. citizens living abroad are invited to attend the International Orientation hosted by the International Student Organization (ISO) and the Global Education Office (GEO). (Please note: F-1 Visa students are required to attend International Student Orientation as indicated on your I-20).
You may arrive as early as Tuesday, August 19. Orientation begins on the evening of Wednesday, August 20th. Please email orientationgordon.edu and Caroline.Dixon@gordon.edu with your flight information.
|Wed, Aug 20
|Welcome Dinner for all new international students and the International Student Organization (ISO) leaders.
|Thurs, Aug 21
||International Student Orientation begins (schedule and information to follow)
|Fri, Aug 22
|All-Student Orientation begins with a welcome dinner and meeting your Orientation CREW|
Orientation will cover U.S. laws for visa students, academic and cultural issues and offer perspectives from returning Gordon College international students. Lunch will be provided.
During Orientation there will be an optional shopping trip for supplies.
*Please note: As you plan your La Vida experience, we recommend that you select a La Vida experience that is NOT the August 2014 trip. The August 2014 trip conflicts with International Student Orientation, which you are required to attend as a condition of your F-1 Visa.
Orientation Schedule (Immediately following International Student Orientation)
Here are some ideas to help make packing easier:
Winter clothes: For much of the year Massachusetts is cold and has a snowy winter! Ideal clothing includes waterproof boots, thick coats, warm socks, scarves and gloves.
Room Decor: Feel free to bring photos, souvenirs and other personal items from home to make your dorm room special.
Bedding: You are responsible for providing your own twin-size duvets and blankets. These might be too bulky for plane travel so you will have the option to purchase them during orientation.
Toiletries: Be sure to have at least enough soap, shampoo, toothpaste and towels for the first few days—additional items can be bought after you arrive.
Laundry: All residence halls contain free washer-dryer units; students will have to purchase HE (high efficiency) washing liquid.
During International Orientation you will have the chance to go shopping and buy all these items, so do not feel you have to bring it all!
As an international student studying in the U.S., you are required to file U.S. taxes. Spring workshops are offered to help you through the process.
Housing during breaks
Gordon’s international students can stay on campus during annual breaks for the following fees:
During the Summer Gordon students may store 2 items (they can be large boxes) in the resident hall storage rooms.