International Student Orientation Dates

Semester Residence Halls Open for
New International Students
International Student
Orientation Dates
First Day of Classes
Spring 2017 Sunday, January 15, 2017 January 17–20, 2017 Monday, January 23, 2017
Fall 2017 Sunday, August 20, 2017 August 22–25, 2017 Monday, August 28, 2017
Spring 2018 Sunday, January 21, 2018 January 23–26, 2018 Monday, January 29, 2018


If you have not done so already, please fill out the International Student Arrival Information Form.  You can find a general schedule of our activities below.

Student Orientation Events

International student orientation is mandatory for new students, but it is also a lot of fun! A finalized schedule of orientation will be available about 1 week prior to each orientation session, and included in your packet that we give you when you arrive on campus. Below is a list of some of the most important things you will do and learn during a typical orientation week.

  • Pay bill and get your student identification card
  • Medical/Immunization verification at the Student Health Center
  • Campus Tour
  • "American Culture 101" session
  • Sessions with information about immigration and academic expectations in the United States higher education system
  • Opening meal with all of the new international students
  • Technology training on how to use your MyPlattsburgh portal
  • English competency/placement exams: reading, writing, speaking, and listening
  • Global Education Office (GEO) programs and services
  • Campus life and wellness
  • Banking session
  • Transfer session (for transfer students only)
  • English Bridge Program meeting (for EBP students only)
  • Meeting with academic advisor and course registration
  • Shopping shuttle
  • Social activities such as BINGO night, movies, games
  • Group lunches and some dinners

Contact Information

If you have any questions about services for international applicants and students at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Global Education Office
State University of New York at Plattsburgh
Kehoe Administration Building, Room 210
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, New York 12901 USA

Phone: (518) 564-3287; (877) 877-5170 (in U.S. and Canada)
Fax: (518) 564-3292
Email: geo@plattsburgh.edu

Office Hours

Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.