Orientation

Federal regulations require international students to check-in with International Student and Scholar Services and Outreach (ISSSO) when they arrive. During this process we verify your physical presence and register you as an active student in the SEVIS database. This process takes place each semester during international student orientation. Failure to register with ISSSO when you arrive is a violation of your visa category and has serious consequences. Below you will find details about our next international student orientation and information about everything you need to know to prepare for your trip to the U.S.

New International Students will complete online orientation assignments in AsULearn-Projects in December 2022. 

There will be two Zoom orientation sessions on Thursday, December 15, 2022 and Friday, December 16, 2022.

International Student Orientation - Spring 2023

International Student and Scholar Services and Outreach (ISSSO) will provide free airport pickup on Tuesday, January 10, 2023 from Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) for students staying at the Best Western Plus Sterling Hotel and Suites. You will then spend the night of January 10 at the hotel and travel to Boone the next morning. You must make a reservation at the Best Western Plus Sterling Hotel and Suites on your own. Appalachian will not make the reservation for you. 

International Student Orientation is mandatory and will take place on-campus from Wednesay, January 11, 2023 through Friday, January 13. Information about airport pick up, orientation, and how to make hotel reservations can be found in the New Student Arrival Plan.


Traveling to Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Federal regulations prevent F-1 and J-1 students from entering the United States more than 30 days prior to the Program Start Date listed on your I-20 or DS-2019. J-1 students must depart the US no more than 30 days after the Program End Date.

  • If you are an exchange student staying one semester the earliest you may legally enter the U.S. is December 18, 2022 and you must leave the U.S. by June 12, 2023.  The final day to move out of the residence halls will be May 12, 2023.
  • If you are an exchange student staying for two semesters the earliest you may legally enter the U.S. is  December 18, 2022 and you must leave the U.S. by January 15, 2024.  The final day to move out of the residence halls will be May 12, 2023. For Fall,  the move in day will be Friday August 18, 2023; the final day to move out of the residence halls will be December 14, 2023.
  • Students who are enrolling at Appalachian this January 2023 to complete a degree on a F-1 visa may enter the U.S. as early as December 18, 2022.

Please plan your travel accordingly.

 

Virtual Tour

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do I have to attend every session of orientation?
    YES, you must attend every session! It is important, so you are familiar with the campus and all of the resources available to help you succeed during your time at Appalachian.
  2. Does it cost anything to attend orientation?
    NO, it is completely free. All you have to do is show up. 
  3. Do I need to bring anything to orientation?
    It may be a good idea to bring some paper and a pen to take notes, however, it is not required. 
  4. What if I can't make it on the airport pick up day?
    If you are unable to get a flight to Charlotte, NC on the airport pick up day, you will need to find your own form of transportation to Boone, NC. We will not be able to pick you up any other day. 

Arrival and Orientation Schedule

 

Tuesday, January 10, 2023  - Airport pick up from CLT and stay overnight in hotel

Wednesday, January 11, 2023 - Travel to Boone via free bus and begin International Student Orientation

Wednesday, January 11, 2023 to Friday, January 13 - Required in-person orientation activities 

Tuesday, January 17, 2023 - First day of classes

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