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International Student Orientation

Mandatory International Student Orientation for Spring 2019: January 10 and 11.

A group of students in a photo booth at International Student OrientationDuring the two day International Student Orientation (called International BroncoVenture)  undergraduate program, you will have the opportunity to take both Math and English course placement tests, meet with an academic advisor to pick out classes, learn about other university resources, learn about immigration regulations, and register for your classes. Orientation will familiarize you with the American higher education system and introduce you to the many resources and opportunities offered by the Boise State University community. You will also meet Center for Global Education staff, other university staff members, current Boise State students, and fellow international students!

Graduate students also attend the International Student Orientation to learn about graduate student resources and opportunities at Boise State University, as well as important immigration regulations. Please check your email frequently for further information.

How do I sign-up?

One month before the semester begins, you will receive an email with information about how to sign up for International Student Orientation.

Important: Check both your personal email account, as well as your BroncoMail account (official Boise State University email) frequently during the weeks leading up to International Student Orientation as you will be receiving additional information about your program via email.

Is it mandatory to attend orientation?

YES. All international students with an F1 or J1 visa who are new to Boise State University are required to attend the International Student Orientation.

It is important that you attend all days of your orientation.  United States Immigration Services require every international student to personally check in with their international student advisor. We are required to report your arrival to Boise State University to United States Immigration Services. If you do not come to orientation, we will have to report that you have not arrived.

If you have other appointments or errands you need to complete, such as meeting with a professor, setting up a bank account, and so on, you will need to take care of these tasks outside of the orientation program. Please do not schedule any other meetings or appointments during the orientation.

What should I bring with me?

The main items you will need to bring to orientation are your passport, visa, and I-20 / DS-2019.  Please bring photocopies of these items if possible.  As orientation is a mandatory part of your immigration transition, we will be taking record of these documents at the orientation program.

When can I register for classes?

Most international students register for their first semester of classes at International Student Orientation. During orientation, you will take placement tests in Math and English that will allow you to register for appropriate classes for your major. Academic advisors will also be at the orientation to help you select and register for your classes and understand what your placement test results mean. Don’t worry, there will be open classes for you to take, even though the semester will begin soon.

Important: The placement tests you will take at International Student Orientation are different from the IELTS or TOEFL test you may have taken in order to be admitted to Boise State University.

Can my family members attend orientation with me?

International Student Orientation is designed just for students and does not include information for family members and guests. Please note that orientation may not be interesting for children. Child care will not be provided but crayons and coloring paper will be available on request.

Please encourage your family to activate their free family membership in the Parent & Family Association to receive a quarterly newsletter! Go to the parents and family website for more information for your family members.

Where is my orientation?

Orientations are held in the Student Union Building on the Boise State main campus. You can find Boise State University between Broadway Avenue and Capital Boulevard, just a short distance from Interstate 84 and less than 4 miles from the Boise Airport. The Student Union Building is located at 1700 W University Drive, Boise, Idaho, 83725.


During the weeks prior to your orientation program, you will receive a preparation email that will describe when to arrive for orientation, where and how to park if you are driving, and other related details. Please note that free parking will only be available in areas designated by International Student Orientation staff.