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.

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 program of study

  • 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.

Graduate students are encouraged to attend any and all orientation sessions that interest them; however, the KIC understands that they may have department-specific orientations and may not be available for all sessions. Graduate students are required to check-in and check-out of orientation to ensure that their immigration documents are in order. They may check-in and -out on Thursday, January 6 from 1-4pm. A graduate student welcome event will be held on Sunday, January 9 from 12pm - 4pm in the CSU Heritage Room. 

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 & Health Documents 

Please bring originals and photocopies of your: 

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. 

New entering international students will be placed into math courses using existing measures such as satisfactory SAT Math scores or transferrable college-level course work. If SAT scores don’t exist or are not high enough to place into college-level math, and/or previous college-level coursework does not exist, international students will be able to take the Accuplacer through an online placement exam.

New entering international students will be placed into English courses using existing measures such as satisfactory TOEFL, IELTS, or previous college-level course work. If TOEFL or IELTS scores don't exist or are not high enough to place into college-level English, and/or previous college-level course does not exist, international students will be able to take the Accuplacer through an online placement exam.

The Accuplacer is Minnesota State Mankato’s placement exam for math and English.

This year, international students have the option to take the Accuplacer virtually/online through a system call “Examity”. Testing vouchers will be sent to your personal email or, in some cases, university email (check junk mail). If you believe you need to take a placement exam for math, English, or both math and English, but have not yet received a voucher, please email testingcenter@mnsu.edu.International Student Course Placement

All new students who will study at Minnesota State Mankato (in-person or remote learning) are required to complete an immunization form provided by Student Health Services before they are allowed to register for classes. This form is to indicate your immunizations for Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) and Tetanus/Diptheria (Td/Tdap).

If you have records of immunizations you have taken in the past, bring this information with you to Mankato. The Minnesota College immunization law requires that students show proof that they have been vaccinated against measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus and diphtheria when they enroll in a college in Minnesota. 

Review Immunization Requirements

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.

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

All undergraduate students are required to take a Math and English Placement Test. We highly recommend taking the test before you arrive to help you achieve the highest score possible. Please read through the International Student Course Placement information, so you can understand how we use these tests.

International Student Course Placement

pre-arrival communications

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 5, 2022. If you cannot arrive on or before January 5, you must defer your application to fall 2022 OR begin your program online. If you will be arriving between January 3 and January 5, 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 13 to December 30 (excluding weekends and holidays) between 10 am - 4 pm to help answer any questions you may have. 

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

Maverick Global Ambassadors are available at Minneapolis-Saint Paul Airport for questions December 27 - January 2. MGAs will be located at the booth across from Baggage Carousel #8 and exit door #4 in Terminal 1. Look for the purple shirts!

On-Call Staff

On-Call staff are available each day from December 20 to January 3 between 8 am and midnight. Please call the on-call line at +1-507-351-3702. Don't have service yet? No problem. Text or call us on WhatsApp or Telegram at the same number. 

9am - 3pm

Check-In for All Students

Bring the following with you:

  1. Signed Form I-20
  2. Passport/Visa
Centennial Student Union (CSU) Ballroom
10am - 4pm Drop-In Technology Help Wissink - ACC Open Space (last stop on campus tour)
9am - 3pm

Campus Tour with MGAs

The campus tour lasts 30-40 minutes. The tour is mostly indoors, with just a short 20-foot stretch outside. 

Meet outside CSU Ballroom. 

*All orientation week buses will run the Campus Loop, stepping at Summit & Jacobs, Stadium Heights, Live Active & Highland complexes.

9am - 3pm

Check-In for All Students

Bring the following with you:

  1. Signed Form I-20
  2. Passport/Visa

Centennial Student Union (CSU) Ballroom

10am - 4pm Drop-In Technology Help  Wissink - ACC Open Space (last stop on the campus tour)

By appointment only

Placement Testing (Limited space available & appointment required) WH 115, 118, 119, 125, 125A
10am - 12:30pm (IEP Only) Intensive English Program Level Placement Testing (Limited space available & appointment required. Start at 10 a.m.) Memorial Library 081
9am - 3pm

Campus Tour with MGAs

The campus tour lasts 30-40 minutes. The tour is mostly indoors, with just a short 20-foot stretch outside. 

Meet in front of CSU Ballroom
4pm - 6pm Game Night with MGAs CSU Ballroom

*All orientation week buses will run the Campus Loop, stepping at Summit & Jacobs, Stadium Heights, Live Active & Highland complexes.

9:45am - 11:30am

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 Ballroom to be dispersed to: 

  • MH 102 - Business
  • AH 101 - Social/Behavioral Sciences
  • TRC 121 - Science, Engineering & Technology
  • MH 103 - Nursing
  • CSU 201 - Allied Health
  • CSU 202 - Education
  • CSU 203 - Arts & Humanities
  • MH 013 - Aviation
  • MH 210 - Undecided
11:30am - 1pm Welcome Lunch with Kearney International Center Staff & MGAs CSU Ballroom
1pm - 3:30pm Cultural transitions, American classroom, coffee/tea, Financial issues, Immigration advising CSU Ballroom
By appointment only Placement Testing (Limited space available & appointment required) WH 115, 118, 119, 125, 125A
6pm - 7pm What to Expect at Registration - Student Panel (Optional) CSU Ballroom

*All orientation week buses will run the Campus Loop, stepping at Summit & Jacobs, Stadium Heights, Live Active & Highland complexes.

8:30am & 1pm Placement Testing (Limited space available & appointment required) Memorial Library (ML) 109
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 and disperse to: 

  • AHN 223A - Allied Health
  • MH 212 - Arts/Humanities & Education
  • ML 47 & ML 81 - Business
  • AH 203 & AH 204 - Nursing
  • AH 331 & AH 327 - Social/Behavioral Sciences/Undecided
  • WH ACC - Science, Engineering & Technology
10:30am - 11:30am

D2L and Technology Info Workshop

WH 125
11:30am-1:30pm International Student Resource Fair MavAve
1pm - 4pm Graduate & Returning Students check-in/check-out CSU Ballroom
1pm - 3pm (IEP Only) Intensive English Program Orientation  CSU 201
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 and be dispersed to: 

Meet in CSU Ballroom to be walked to the following rooms: 

  • AHN 223A - Allied Health
  • MH 212 - Arts/Humanities & Education
  • ML 47 & ML 81 - Business
  • AH 203 & AH 204 - Nursing
  • AH 331 & AH 327 - Social/Behavioral Sciences/Undecided
  • WH ACC - Science, Engineering & Technology
1:30pm - 2:30pm

D2L and Technology Info Workshop

AH 203
3pm - 4:30pm (IEP Only) Intensive English Program Course Registration NH 202 & NH 203
5pm - 9pm

International Dark Night Rise (Rock Climbing)

Limited spots are available. Sign up required.

Sign up here

Myers Fieldhouse

*All orientation week buses will run the Campus Loop, stepping at Summit & Jacobs, Stadium Heights, Live Active & Highland complexes.

9am - 11am Exchange Student Orientation CSU 101 - Heritage Room
By appointment only Placement Testing (Limited space available & appointment required) Memorial Library 109
10am - 4pm Orientation Check-Out  CSU Ballroom
10am - 12:30pm IEP Placement Testing MH 081
11am - 1pm

Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic

CSU 245
7pm - 10pm

DJ Night with DJ Taki

CSU Ballroom

*All orientation week buses will run the Campus Loop, stepping at Summit & Jacobs, Stadium Heights, Live Active & Highland complexes.

KIC Graduate Assistants would like to welcome all new international graduate students to campus with a special graduate student orientation. Please go to the Heritage Room (CSU 101) at 1 pm for an interactive, 3-hour orientation session.

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