Traveling to America

Studying at a new school, in a new educational system, in a new community.  Living away from close family and loved ones.  Learning about new laws and rules to follow. Speaking a new language.  All of these events can be exhausting, stressful, and exciting.

Orientation is the place to gain a level of comfort.  It is the key to your success at Lewis and in adjusting to life in the United States while you are studying here.  The International Students & Scholars Office provides a two day "International Student Orientation" program to address the specific needs of international students. All new and transfer, undergraduate and graduate international students are required to attend. 

Orientation is a place to practice your English, learn your way around campus, learn about the U.S. academic system including what is expected of students, research resources, class participation, meeting with your advisor, and student services.  It is also a place where you can register for classes, get a free lunch, and meet new friends.  

The International Student Orientation will also provide information on health care and insurance in the U.S., on and off campus housing, obtaining a Social Security Card, and information on some practical maters concerning life in Romeoville or in the U.S. in general. 

You can also get help finding your way through the maze of paperwork, and find out about American culture, about U.S. immigration rules and benefits, and meet your international student advisor.

Dress comfortably and casually, feel free to ask questions and plan to be on campus all day. Please refer to the cover letter and flyer you received with your I-20 or IAP-66 for the specific time and location for Orientation.

We look forward to seeing you at orientation.  It is mandatory for a reason.  That reason is that we want to make your stay in the United States, and your academic objectives at Lewis University a success!

Orientation is key to your success.  You can learn about housing, transportation, shopping, as well as valuable resources here.  You can also learn how you can get involved in student groups and activities

Orientation will help you make a smooth adjustment to American culture and get the information you need for successful academic achievement.

It is also a great place to make new friends!