Mandatory International New Student Orientation

Fall 2015

All new international and exchange students arriving for the Fall 2015 semester must attend a mandatory orientation session beginning Sunday, August 23, 2015. Students should plan to arrive on either Saturday, August 22, 2015 or Sunday, August 23, 2015 by 12pm at the latest. Orientation will officially begin on Sunday, August 23 for new international graduate students and international undergraduate students. On Thursday, August 27, 2015 all international undergraduate and undergraduate exchange students will begin New Student Orientation with the college.

Your orientation schedule will be given to you upon arrival. It is imperative that you arrive by this time in order to ensure that you are well rested for language proficiency testing, which is part of Orientation. Orientation includes a mixture of academic sessions and social events, to ensure that you are acquainted with the college, the local community, our academic structure, and other students here at Canisius.

Pre-Arrival Guide

Prior to arrival to campus, we will be emailing you the Pre-Arrival Guide. This guide will provide you with information that you should take some time to read over. In it, we have a contact cell phone number. Please be sure you copy this number down and carry it with you in your travels. Should you encounter a flight delay or cancellation, please be sure to call us and let us know. You will also find a list of suggested items that you either bring with you or plan to purchase upon arrival.

Arrival to Campus

Once you make your travel arrangements to arrive to Canisius, you should email our office with your arrival information. We ask that you email us your flight information as soon as possible As a service for our new international and exchange students, we will arrange to have you picked you up from the airport, train station, or bus terminal in Buffalo, if you will need a ride to campus for Orientation. You should schedule your flight to arrive to Buffalo on either Saturday, August 22, 2015 or Sunday, August 23, 2015 by 12pm. Please note that if you plan to arrive to campus prior to or after Saturday, August 22, 2015 you will be responsible for transportation and your own lodging in a local hotel.

Meals During Orientation

A one-time $400 orientation fee will be charged to your student bill, which will cover meals and activities during the orientation program (Saturday, August 22, 2015- Thursday, August 27, 2015). You will be responsible for your own meals from Friday, August 28 onwards. As part of the orientation schedule, you will have the opportunity to go grocery shopping at a local supermarket. If you sign-up for an on-campus meal plan, meal plans begin on Friday, August 28 at breakfast. To sign-up for an on-campus meal plan, click here for more information.


If you will be living on-campus, you will be permitted to move directly into your housing assignment as long as you do not arrive prior to Saturday, August 22, 2015. You will be notified of your housing assignment via email, prior to your arrival to Canisius. Please note that the college requires all first year, second year, and exchange students to live on-campus in college owned housing.

Should you have any questions regarding Orientation, contact us via email at or calling (716) 888-2784.