Mandatory International New Student Orientation
All new international and exchange students arriving for the Spring 2014 semester must attend a mandatory orientation session beginning Tuesday, January 8, 2014. Students should plan to arrive on either Sunday, January 5, 2014 or Monday, January 6, 2014. Orientation will officially begin on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 and runs until Friday, January 10, 2014 for new international graduate students and international undergraduate students. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. As a service for our new international and exchange students, we arrange to have a staff member pick 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 Sunday, January 5, 2014 or Monday, January 6, 2014. Please note that if you plan to arrive to campus prior to Sunday, January 5, 2014 you will be responsible for transportation and your own lodging in a local hotel.
Meals During Orientation
A one-time $300 orientation fee will be charged to your student bill, which will cover meals and activities during the orientation program (Sunday, January 5, 2014- Friday, January 10, 2014). You will be responsible for your own meals from Friday, January 10 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, January 10 at lunch. 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 Sunday, January 5, 2014. You will be notified of your housing assignment via email, prior to your arrival to Canisius.
Should you have any questions regarding Orientation, contact us via email at email@example.com or calling (716) 888-2784.