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International Undergraduate Orientation Schedule

International Undergraduate Student Orientation begins on Monday, August 22nd, 2016. All new international students, including transfer students are required to attend the mandatory events that will be held on Monday and Tuesday, August 22nd and 23rd. The events are for students only. Please make your travel plans and other arrangements accordingly.

The example schedule below is the 2015 schedule. We will update this page in June with the 2016 schedule.

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Welcome Breakfast & Introduction
Rise to the delicious aroma of your first breakfast at MIT and the friendly chatter of your fellow international students.
*Remember to sign up for the Duck Tour and the shopping trip!
La Sala de Puerto Rico, Student Center
10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Banking, Loans, & Financial Aid (Mandatory)
Our presenters are staff from the MIT student accounts, loans, financial aid offices as well as the MIT Federal Credit Union.
Room 3-270
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Medical Center Presentation (Mandatory)
Learn about medical services, insurance and get tips and resources for a healthy life.
Room 3-270
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Picnic Lunch and Group Photo
Join your classmates and mentors for your first lunch in Killian! Eat, chat, relax, and show us your best smile for our only group photo.
Killian Court
Rain Location: Lobby 13
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Academic Integrity Presentation (Mandatory)
Learn how, why, and when you cite sources and other critical writing/research tips during this interactive seminar.
Room 3-270
2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. USA 101 (Mandatory)
You are now an MIT student. So, what is that like? Learn about cultural differences and receive tips from upperclassmen in this fun, interactive session.
Room 3-270
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Public Transportation Lab (Mandatory)
Hands-on introduction to public transportation. Walk to Kendall Square with your mentors and learn how to load your MIT card. You will need it tomorrow! (be sure you have $5-10 cash or a credit card)
Kendall Square T Stop
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Dinner Break & Summer Night Social
Come hang out, we'll be ordering burritos from Anna's! Or, if you prefer, along with your mentors, explore the many eating options near campus. Then spend the evening playing games or chatting with your fellow students.
Meet @ Student Center Steps
MacGregor Game Room

* Voluntary – students should feel free to use their meal
card on campus, if they wish.

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Pancake Breakfast
Start the day with a delicious breakfast, pancakes, pastries and fresh fruit.
La Sala de Puerto Rico, Student Center
10:15 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. Immigration Session (Mandatory)
Lean critical immigration information that you need to know as an MIT student.
Room 3-270
11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. USA 102 (Mandatory)
This presentation looks in depth at concepts of culture, cultural shock, and adjustment.
Room 3-270
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Student Support Services (Mandatory)
Meet the friendly staff of S^3 and learn about their services, support and advocacy.
Room 3-270
1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Boston Harbor Cruise (box lunch)
Grab your lunch in Killian then make your way to Boston's Long Wharf. You will cruise along the Charles and the Boston Harbor for a narrated tour of some of Boston's historic sites. (Be sure to have your MIT card with you)
Killian Court, Rain Location: Lobby 13
6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Dinner Break*
Stay in the city or come back to campus. Bring money.
(*Bring money with you.)
Wednesday EXAMPLE
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Breakfast
Join us for pastries, coffee, tea, and juice.
10:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Scavenger Hunt
Explore the MIT campus and learn more about the Institute's folklore and its infamous building numbers.
Meet outside Medical Bldg (E-25)
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Shopping Trip*
Bus trip to Arsenal Mall in Watertown.
Students must sign up, space is limited. (*Bring money with you )
Pick up on Amherst Street in front of McCormick Hall
6:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m. Dine off-campus*
Join international upperclassmen for a local dining experience. (*Bring money with you)
Meet @ Student Center Steps
8:00 p.m. - midnight Game Night
Join us for an evening of games and fun!
Meet @ Student Center
Thursday EXAMPLE
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Breakfast
Light breakfast of pastries, coffee/tea and juice
10:30 a.m. –5:00 p.m. Discover Boston*
Explore Chinatown, follow the Freedom Trail; visit some of the many museums that are free to MIT students; stroll along Newbury St. or Boston Common, or play in Quincy Market and the North End.

(*Bring money & your MIT ID with you.)
Meet @ Student Center Steps

* Voluntary – students should feel free to use their meal card
on campus, if they wish.

TBA stands for “To Be Announced”

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