International Student Orientation

The Kearney International Center holds an orientation program for new students one week before classes start. Spring 2022 orientation begins on Monday, January 3. Students should plan to arrive by this date so they are ready to attend the first day of classes on January 10. During the pandemic, it is recommended that you consider arriving earlier so you may self-isolate for one week before going to campus. Attending international orientation is mandatory for everyone. It is not necessary to sign up in advance.

During orientation, students receive assistance from peer leaders, meet staff, attend presentations, register for classes, and check-in for immigration purposes. Starting Fall 2021, international orientation will consist of two parts: an online course that can be done at your leisure before or after arrival AND the in-person portion.

spring 2022 Information

For student and staff safety, we will be requiring all individuals to wear masks during International Student Orientation. The Kearney International Center will provide new students with a mask that they can wash and reuse throughout the orientation and academic year. 

There will be a shuttle bus free of charge for students to use during orientation.

A map of the route

International Orientation Schedule

Subject to Change until January 3, 2022. Students are expected to arrive by January 3, 2022; however, we will accept students until January 7, 2022. If you cannot arrive on or before January 7, you must defer your application to fpring 2022 OR begin your program online. If you will be arriving between January 3 and January 7, you can carry this "Late Arrival Letter" with you during travel.

If you arrive before orientation begins, there will be a Welcome Table in front of the Kearney International Center (Centennial Student Union 250) from December 28 to December 30 between 10am - 4pm to help answer any questions you may have. If you arrive before or after office hours, please call our On-Call Phone at 1-507-351-2702 for assistance. This phone will be staffed from 8 am - midnight each day through orientation.

Online Orientation Course

To access the online orientation course, you will need to know your StarID and associated password to log into the course. If you cannot remember your StarID password, you can find directions on how to reset it here.

Online Orientation Sign-In

In-Person Orientation Schedule

Airport Information

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On-Call Staff

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10am - 3pm

Check-In for All Students

Bring the following with you:

  1. Signed Form I-20
  2. Passport/Visa
  3. I-94 Print Out
Centennial Student Union (CSU) 253
10am - 4pm Drop-In Technology Help Armstrong Hall 203, 204, 221

1pm - 4pm

Placement Testing (Limited space available & appointment required) Memorial Library (ML) 109
10:30am; 12noon; 1:30pm; 3pm Campus Tour with MGAs Meet outside CSU Ballroom
5pm - 8pm

Game Night with MGAs

Heritage Room (CSU 101)
10am - 3pm

Check-In for All Students

Bring the following with you:

  1. Signed Form I-20
  2. Passport/Visa
  3. I-94 Print Out

Centennial Student Union (CSU) 253

10am - 4pm Drop-In Technology Help  Armstrong Hall 203, 204, 221

8:30am - 12:30pm & 1pm - 4pm

Placement Testing (Limited space available & appointment required) Memorial Library 109
10am - 12:30pm (IEP Only) Intensive English Program Level Placement Testing (Limited space available & appointment required. Start at 10 a.m.) Memorial Library 081
10:30am; 12noon Campus Tour with MGAs Meet in front of CSU Ballroom
2pm - 5pm Scavenger Hunt with prizes (Optional) Meet in front of CSU Ballroom
9:45am - 11am

Advising Session with Student Relations Coordinators

Please show up promptly at 9:45am. Academic advisors need the entire hour to explain the registration process.

Meet in CSU Ballroom
11am - 11:30am Advising - Individual Q&A Time TBD
11:30am - 1pm Welcome Lunch with Kearney International Center Staff & MGAs CSU Ballroom
1pm - 1:50pm Session: Mankato Public Safety  CSU Ballroom
1pm - 4pm Placement Testing (Limited space available & appointment required) Memorial Library 109
2pm - 3:20pm Faculty Panel & U.S. Classroom Culture - Come ready with your questions about classes, majors, etc. CSU Ballroom
3:30pm - 4:30pm Session: Academic Integrity CSU Ballroom
6pm - 7pm What to Expect at Registration - Student Panel (Optional) CSU Ballroom
8:30am - 12:30pm & 1pm - 4pm Placement Testing (Limited space available & appointment required) AH 327 & AH 331
8:45am - 12noon

Registration Group 1: Transfer & Exchange Students

Please arrive promptly at 8:45am. If you arrive late, you may not be able to register during this time.

Meet in CSU Ballroom
10:30-12noon International Student Panel CSU Ballroom
11:30am-1:30pm International Student Resource Fair TBD
1pm - 3pm (IEP Only) Intensive English Program Orientation  CSU 202
1:15pm - 4pm

Registration Group 2: New Student Registration

Please arrive promptly at 1:15pm. If you arrive late, you may not be able to register during this time.

Meet in CSU Ballroom
2pm - 3:30pm International Student Panel CSU Ballroom
3pm - 4:30pm (IEP Only) Intensive English Program Course Registration AH 203

 

8:30am - 11am Exchange Student Orientation Heritage Room
8:30am - 12:30pm & 1pm - 4pm Placement Testing (Limited space available & appointment required) Memorial Library 109
10am - 4pm Orientation Check-Out  CSU Ballroom
10am - 12:30pm

(IEP Only) Intensive English Program Level Placement Testing (Limited space available & appointment required. Start at 10 a.m.)

Memorial Library 081
11am - 1pm

Picnic Lunch *

If you would like to go with a group, MGAs will leave from Ballroom at 11am & 12pm.

University Dining Center
11am - 1pm Memorial Library Tours * (Optional) Meet by circulation desk
11am - 1pm Safety Fair * (Optional) Fountain Mall
2pm - 4pm Choose-A-Palooza * (Optional) All over!
4:30pm - 5:30pm A Maverick Tradition: New Student Rally * (Optional) Taylor Center
5:30pm - 7pm Backyard Bash (BBQ) * (Optional) Bell Tower Plaza
7pm - 9pm International Party On with DJ Taki (Optional) CSU 253/4/5

 

Previously Recorded Webinars

Pre-Arrival emails will be send every Tuesday, starting October 5, 2021. You can review our weekly newsletters here:

 

 

During the week, you will: 

  • Report for immigration purposes 

  • Pay your first installment of health insurance right away so you can register for classes 

  • Pay a $300 tuition deposit 

  • Apply for a bank account 

  • Apply for your MavCard (ID card) 

  • Set up your Minnesota State Mankato technology accounts 

  • Find a place to live, if you haven’t already 

  • Take math placement testing 

  • Tour the campus 

  • Meet with the Registrar’s Office if you are transferring credits from another university 

  • Meet with an academic advisor to learn about your study program 

  • Register for courses 

You will also hear presentations on the following topics: 

  • Culture shock and adjustment 
  • The U.S. education system 

  • Safety 

  • Academic integrity 

  • Getting involved in student organizations 

  • Student success 

If you are living on-campus, you can find options for bedding in this guide.

 A $90 orientation fee will be added to your University bill after you arrive.

Pre-Payment of Health Insurance and Course Registration

Students are always welcome to pay their health insurance fees before arriving. Updated instructions about paying online are posted above in the June 15, 2021: Pre-Arrival Newsletter 4

 

Immigration Documents 

Please bring originals and photocopies of your: 

  • Passport/visa  

  • I-20 form (if you have the F-1 Visa) 

  • DS-2019 (if you have the J-1 Visa)

 

Funds 

You will need to pay for your health insurance before you may register for classes during the week. You will also be asked to pay a $300 tuition deposit when you check-in.  

Students who wish to open bank accounts or transfer money by wire may be surprised to find that it can take at least one week for funds to be available or transferred from a home bank to here. Since you will need to pay these fees right away, you may wish to consider options that will allow you to have access to your funds right away. 

If you are an international student without alternative course placement measures that include satisfactory SAT test scores, ACT test scores, or previous college level math course work, you will likely need to take the Accuplacer. The Accuplacer is Minnesota State Mankato’s placement exam for math.

This year, international students have the option to take the course placement exam virtually/online through a system called, “Examity.” Testing vouchers will be sent to your university email (firstname.lastname@mnsu.edu) if applicable (check junk mail) and in certain cases your personal email. If you believe you need a math exam voucher and have not received one, please email testingcenter@mnsu.edu

Students who began their studies online from outside the U.S. and are now coming to Mankato, must submit this form early to maintain any classes that you may have already signed up for. Submit the immunization form now.

If you have records of immunizations you have taken in the past, it is a good idea to bring this information with you to Mankato, too.

Students under the age of 18 are also required to have parent/guardian consent to be seen at Student Health Services. If you are younger than 18 years, please complete the Minor Consent for Treatment form.