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UMass Dartmouth Navitas Global Student Success Program


Spring Semester 2020

New Students Arrive

January 16, 2020

Mandatory Orientation & Enrollment

January 17-18, 2020

Classes Begin

January 21, 2020

Classes End (Including Exams)

May 7, 2020

*All students are required to arrive in time for the mandatory orientation program before the semester begins. Students who are unable to arrive by the scheduled orientation date may be required to defer to the next semester.

New UMass Dartmouth Navitas GSSP students are required to take part in the UMass Dartmouth orientation activities. The University has designed a special Orientation Program to welcome all new students to campus. This introduction to the University provides an opportunity to let us help you make the transition as smooth as possible.

Coming to Orientation will give you an early opportunity to familiarise yourself with the campus, meet other students, finalise your course selection for the semester prior to when your classes begin. During this orientation program, you will receive academic advising, meet faculty advisors, peer counselors and staff members who will be ready to work closely with you.

In addition to important workshops on topics related to starting your academic career, we have also planned social and recreational activities especially for you. Through working and participating in small groups, you will meet other students and gain a better understanding of some of the important issues on today's college campuses. You will also become familiar with the campus and the resources available to you. Each student will receive individual attention in these small groups.

We believe you will find orientation an enjoyable and informative experience. We are anxious to meet you and look forward to your arrival on campus!

What happens at Orientation?

  • Receive an orientation kit
  • Be introduced to a range of services and facilities UMass Dartmouth Navitas GSSP offers
  • Purchase textbooks
  • Obtain your Student ID Card
  • Meet new friends before beginning study
  • Receive your class schedule

There will also be information sessions concerning accommodation, employment, safety, health coverage, maintaining your visa status as an international student in the U.S., and getting set up with the University's online resources, all designed to help you settle in to your new environment.

Most importantly, for undergraduate students, orientation ensures that you are enrolled in the correct classes after taking your math placement test.

What should I bring to Orientation?

Orientation is a time that should be informal and enjoyable. You should wear casual clothes, bring your questions, a good sense of humor, as well as the following:

  • UMass Dartmouth Navitas GSSP Offer Letter
  • University's Letter of Acceptance
  • Passport
  • Form I-20
  • I-94 Card
  • Address details