International student orientation is mandatory; all new international students must attend. While you may receive information about other orientation events on campus (from your program or Adult Student Life), international student orientation is the only event that covers information regarding immigration status. Our orientation sessions are always scheduled for the Thursday and Friday before the semester begins; the sessions are from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on both days. For instance, if the fall semester begins on Monday, August 28, International Student Orientation will be Thursday, August 24 and Friday, August 25. You should plan to arrive in Philadelphia BEFORE orientation so that you are prepared to attend both days.