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Attending orientation is important for a successful start to any program of study and begins your journey as a UMass Dartmouth Navitas GSSP student. It is where you will meet the people who will become your friends in the U.S. as well as the people who will help you to be academically successful!

All new students are required to attend the International student orientation program, in addition to the UMass Dartmouth Navitas GSSP orientation meetings. Please see the checklist provided with your I-20 for dates of designated check-in and orientation.

International student orientation

The International student orientation is a mandatory, multi-day orientation program which consists of orientation activities and information sessions. These are designed to welcome new students, introduce them to American culture, inform them of services and resources offered by the University, as well as university policy, and review important immigration regulations, and of course have fun and making new friends. One of the most important things covered during orientation will be the requirements of your academic program and the immigration regulations as an international student in the U.S with an F-1 visa. The orientation period also allows time for you to adjust to your new surroundings before classes start.

UMass Dartouth Navitas GSSP orientation

At the UMass Dartmouth Navitas GSSP orientation meetings, you will meet our staff, learn more about your program of study and the pathways program, receive your course schedule, be introduced to Navitas GSSP resources, and meet other Navitas GSSP students! Many current UMass Dartmouth Navitas GSSP students volunteer as orientation leaders to help welcome students as well. They can assist you in transitioning to the university as well as answer questions about campus life. Here, you have the opportunity to acquaint yourself with the Navitas GSSP staff we well as make new friends before beginning your academic studies!

What should I bring to orientation?

Orientation is a time that should be enjoyable. You should bring casual clothes, your questions, and a good sense of humour! When checking in before orientation you should bring:

  • UMass Dartmouth Navitas GSSP Offer Letter
  • University’s Letter of Acceptance
  • Passport
  • Form I-20
  • I-94 Printout
  • Home Address details
  • Emergency Contact information

What happens if I miss orientation?

Attending orientation is mandatory and extremely important to your success as it offers valuable information and provides you an early opportunity to familiarize yourself with the campus, other students, and staff. When making travel arrangements, you should plan to arrive prior to or on the designated check-in day. If you are not able to attend Orientation, you must contact UMass Dartmouth Navitas GSSP staff as soon as possible to discuss your options, as you may be required to defer to a later semester. Late arrivals are only permitted in extenuating circumstances, with prior approval.

Orientation Schedule, Spring 2020

New students arrive:  January 16, 2020

Mandatory orientation & enrollment: January 17-18, 2020

Classes begin: January 21, 2020

Classes end: May 7, 2020