The Global Nomad's Guide to University Transition

What does 'International Orientation' mean?

Find out what International Orientation means. International Orientation is explained by Tina L. Quick - author of The Global Nomad's Guide to University Transition

International Orientation

A separate orientation program offered by most colleges and universities for incoming foreign students. Third culture kids who hold a domestic passport are sometimes invited to attend. This orientation usually takes place before the normal first-year students’ orientation which is much larger. “I.O.” as it is commonly referred to, provides a smaller, intimate group to interact and get to know the campus and each other before the main influx of students and often teaches foreign students about cultural differences in their country of study as well as discussing visa and immigration issues.

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"... into her new surroundings extremely well. She says, Leslie is now in her third year at college. She has become a counselor at her university’s International Orientation program, and is highly involved in the International Club on campus. - A Double Adjustment - Regardless of which ..."

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"... information you can get your hands on. ▪ Even if you consider yourself to be 100% native in your passport country, think about approaching it as a foreign student. We will talk about this more when we discuss International Orientation in Chapter 6. ▪ Find someone you can actually talk ..."

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"...Global nomads are “caught between two worlds” in the truest sense of the phrase. Many feel they don’t belong to any group – domestic or international. Such was the case with Rita who came to college a few days early to attend International Orientation (I.O.). While attending your school’s I.O. is a wonderful idea and one that I highly encourage TCKs to do, you may not always find the connection with others you are hoping to find. Rita found that the international students split off into groups based either on ethnicity or shared ..."

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"...Many TCKs I have spoken with highly recommend doing a pre-orientation program whenever and wherever it is offered. This could be International Orientation, affectionately referred to as I.O. by those who went through it, or the outdoor adventure programs offered by many colleges. The people you meet at these programs may become your best friends. ..."
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"... or the outdoor adventure programs offered by many colleges. The people you meet at these programs may become your best friends. - International Orientation - When I speak to students at international schools, I highly encourage them to attend International Orientation. Some of you will ..."
"...When I speak to students at international schools, I highly encourage them to attend International Orientation. Some of you will be tempted to say that you are an American, Canadian, Brit, etc. and no one needs to teach you about your own country. But you are wrong! You are not a true American, Canadian or Brit anymore. I will risk being boringly repetitious, but you ..."
"...The University of Massachusetts at Amherst has a student panel for their International Orientation program where international students can ask upperclassmen anything that is on their minds. Many want to know how dating works in the U.S., how safe the campus is, how much students drink, and what they do for fun. These are all very cultural issues and worth finding out what ..."
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"... drink, and what they do for fun. These are all very cultural issues and worth finding out what the differences are. One Tufts University TCK says of International Orientation: “To do the regular orientation with everyone else is too overwhelming. There is too much going on to integrate. ..."
"...We’ve already discussed a few possibilities like attending your school’s International Orientation where you will meet other people in the same cross-cultural situation as you, but you may also meet other TCKs at I.O., particularly if it is a large school. You may even meet a TCK who doesn’t even realize he or she is one. That might become evident if ..."
"...need to find and/or build their own communities on their campuses. Universities like Lewis and Clark have had such communities for some time now. Others are just beginning to look seriously at how they can better support this unique population. Boston College held their first-ever TCK Orientation which preceded International Orientation by a couple of days so their TCKs could do both. They will undoubtedly soon be celebrating their very own campus community. ..."

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"...an accumulation of small encounters such as continuously being asked the “Where are you from?’ question. This, of course, is happening several times a day when starting off at college or university. Remember Rita’s story? This could have been her Encounter experience. It could have also been during International Orientation when she realized she didn’t fit in with any nationality, including the one written on her passport. It could have been a combination of the two experiences. ..."

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