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International Student Orientation

Welcome to all of the new international students joining Ferris State University for the Fall 2024 semester! We can't wait to meet you in person. We know that you are going to love our campus, meeting new friends, and attending fascinating classes. There are online tasks to complete before you travel and an on-campus orientation upon arrival. Please start reviewing and completing the checklist below. At any time, you can connect with us by email, WhatsApp, or Zoom (links at the bottom of the page) to ask questions and to stay connected to Ferris staff and other incoming students.

International Orientation Schedule

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Schedule as of May 2024 and is subject to change. For any questions or concerns contact: [email protected] 

Academic Prep

  • Ferris360
  • Complete the Online New Student Orientation  so an academic advisor can contact you.
  • Meet with your academic advisor and register for classes. 
  • Complete ACCUPLACER testing if required (you will be notified by the admissions staff).
  • Prepare to mail or bring official copies of final transcripts and exit exam scores.
  • Coordinate with the admissions staff to finalize transfer credit processing if applicable.
  • Explore required textbooks for classes you have scheduled
  • Visit the Ferris Online Bookstore as one option for ordering textbooks.

Visa and Immigration Process

  • Send required bank statements/financial documents to receive an I-20 immigration document, which is required to apply for an F-1 student visa.
  • Receive your electronic I-20 to print. You can also arrange for optional shipment of your original admission letter and I-20 immigration document through UEMS/E-Ship Global.
  • Pay the required SEVIS Fee.
  • Complete the visa application process for an F-1 student visa. 
  • Schedule a visa appointment at your local embassy/consulate.
  • Prepare a folder of necessary documents to take to the visa interview (passport, I-20, admission letter, bank statement/financial documents, scholarship letter if applicable).
  • Notify the Office of International Education when you receive your visa.

Life on Campus

Arrival and Transportation

  • Arrange your flight and travel plans according to the suggested dates of arrival in your admission letter and  International Student Orientation Schedule, arriving in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.  Details below
  • Submit your travel plans and schedule an airport pickup on the Incoming International Student Travel Confirmation Form.

International Student Orientation (on-campus)

We are planning to host on-campus orientation for new students arriving to the US for the Fall 2024 semester. On-campus International Orientation begins Wednesday, August 21st  (classes begin August 26th). New international students who need to be picked up from the Grand Rapids airport and transported to Ferris State University can schedule their pickup at the the Incoming International Student Travel Confirmation Form.

By the first week of class, all international students should have made a tuition/housing payment. Please refer to your payment plan and eBill on Ferris360. Ferris State University uses Flywire to easily make payments/bank transfers from your home country. Learn how to use Flywire here.

Connections and questions during orientation

  • You can always send an email to [email protected] 
  • Admitted students will receive a link to join a WhatsApp group closer to the semester starting date.
  • All admitted students are required to make a Zoom meeting with Jacob van Laar. If you haven't already, schedule that here.
  • Need help navigating the Ferris360 to sign a housing contract, choose a meal plan, or a payment plan? Schedule an appointment here.

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