International Student Orientation Dates

Semester Residence Halls Open for
New International Students
International Student
Orientation Dates
First Day of Classes
Fall 2016 Sunday, August 21, 2016 August 23–26, 2016 Monday, August 29, 2016
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 Student Arrival Information Form and email it to us at 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
  • Opening session with information about immigration and the United States higher education system
  • Opening dinner with all of the new students and families
  • Technology training with information about Cardinal Cloud (the campus email system) and BannerWeb (online student information system)
  • English Reading Placement Exam
  • English Writing Placement Exam
  • English Speaking Placement Exam
  • English Listening Competency Exam
  • Math Competency Exam (if applicable)
  • Partners in Cross-Cultural Learning (PICL) information session
  • Banking Session
  • Transfer Session (for transfer students only)
  • English Bridge Program meeting (for EBP students only)
  • Meeting with academic advisor and course registration
  • Shopping trips
  • BINGO night
  • Movie night
  • Games Night
  • Lunches and 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

Office Hours

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