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Spring Orientation - Essential Student Information

Emergency Mobile Phone Number = 1.518.593.8219

The Emergency Phone will be turned on and answered (phone calls, SMS and texts) as of Friday, January 19 at 4 p.m. (EST) until Saturday, January 27 at 8 a.m. You can also send a Facebook message to our International Student Advisor, Christina Martinez. If you haven’t done so already, please join our SUNY Plattsburgh Spring 2018 International Orientation Facebook group [login required] to meet other new students, GEO staff, and stay current on important information.

During the first week at SUNY Plattsburgh we know our international students have many services and accounts to set up, decisions to make, and things to do. We hope this page will provide the information you need to get started. If you have questions about any of this information after you read through it, please speak to an Orientation Leader or a member of the Global Education Office (GEO) staff.

Domestic students will arrive on campus beginning at 8 a.m. on the Saturday following international student orientation week. The first day of classes is the very next Monday, August 28.

If you have not done so already, please fill out the International Student Arrival Information Form.

Orientation Schedule of Activities

International Student Orientation sessions will begin Tuesday, January 23, end on Friday, January 26. There will be a variety of events planned from about 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. These events will range from a welcome session and lunch with the Assistant Vice President of Global Education, to sessions that will provide you with valuable information to make the most of your time at SUNY Plattsburgh. Attendance at many of the activities on the student orientation schedule is mandatory. Please be sure to attend all events.


Download International Student Orientation Schedule


On-Campus Services

  • Dining options and meal plans: Here you can find out where to eat and explore which meal plan is right for you. Review the Dining Services website for complete information and details before you select your meal plan.
  • Cardinal Cash is a service that allows you to use your student ID like a declining balance credit card at stores and restaurants on and off campus. Cardinal Cash can make your life as a student easier! Visit the Cardinal Cash website for more information.
  • Fitness Center: The SUNY Plattsburgh Fitness Center is a pay-for-use facility requiring a membership each semester. It gives you access to aerobic and strength training machines, climbing wall, group exercises classes, and more. You can pay the fee online in your student account or accept the optional fee that is automatically placed on your student bill. For more information please download the Fitness Center brochure.
  • Health Insurance: International students must use the GeoBlue health insurance provided through SUNY Plattsburgh. Details and your insurance card will be provided at check in.
  • Tuition and Fee Payment: We recommend that all international students use the FlyWire service to pay their tuition and fees to SUNY Plattsburgh. For more information, download and carefully read these instructions for using FlyWire
  • Career Development Center (CDC): You can visit the CDC on campus to discuss career plans, get individualized career coaching, help with resumes and interviews, and much more. It’s never too early to take advantage of this great service!

Off-Campus Services

  • Shopping: We provide transportation to nearby stores where you can purchase the personal items you will need in your residence hall room. Students who have never lived in student housing before or experienced four seasons of weather should carefully review our suggested list of essential items you should consider buying before classes begin.
  • Dining Out: It is always fun to go off campus to eat. You will be pleasantly surprised at the variety of international food options our local restaurants have to offer. We have compiled a list of some local favorite food places that our students recommend.
  • Worship: If you are interested in attending worship services near campus, please review our list of local worship services nearby and within driving distance.

Opening Week on Campus

Domestic students will arrive on campus beginning at 8 a.m. on the Saturday following international student orientation week. The first day of classes is Monday, January 29. Please refer to the general campus Opening Week Information for details about the wide variety of campus events and services that will be offered to all students during opening week.

International Student Orientation Dates

Semester Residence Halls Open for
New International Students
International Student
Orientation Dates
First Day of Classes
Fall 2018 Sunday, August 19, 2018 August 21–24, 2018 Monday, August 27, 2018
Spring 2019 Sunday, January 20, 2019 January 22–25, 2019 Monday, January 28, 2019

If you have not done so already, please fill out the International Student Arrival Information Form, available my emailing 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
  • "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

Office Hours

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