Summer 2014 Orientation

International students who will begin their studies at Florida Institute of Technology in the summer 2014 semester can check in with the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) between the dates of May 2, 2014 and May 8, 2014, depending on your semester start date.  Arriving no later than May 8, 2014 will ensure your  attendance at University Orientation, which is the first formal U.S. immigration responsibility you must complete when studying in the United States.  During University Orientation, ISSS provides a specific international student orientation program to assist you in meeting both your legal reporting requirements and to facilitate your transition to academic life in the United States.

All newly admitted students (including transfer students from other schools in the USA and students rising from undergraduate to graduate level) must check-in at the ISSS Office, located in room 334 on the 3rd floor of the Florida Tech Commons Building (#58 on this map) between the hours of 10:00am and 3:00pm.

It is very important that you bring your immigration documentation with you, i.e. your I-20 or DS-2019, passport, visa, and I-94 card (if you receive one). We will not be able to check you in unless you have this documentation with you.

As an international student, the ISSS Office will be your primary point of contact on campus. Our role is to help you acclimate to Florida Tech through our services and programs and act as your primary liaison with the United States Department of Immigration. Your status in the United States is our primary concern.

Before your arrival, be sure to review  important predeparture and arrival information as well as the  International Student's Resource Guide for important information you need to know as an international student coming to the United States.  We also recommend you visit Homeland Security's "Study in the States" website for information on how to study in the U.S. and how to maintain your visa status.  The Office of International Student and Scholar Services has made arrangements for a one-time courtesy service to first-time international students from Orlando Airport.  Be sure to visit the Airport Pickup webpage to place your request for airport pickup.

Since familiarity with your immigration rules and responsibilities is a requirement of U.S. immigration, your failure to attend orientation could result in termination of your status as a new student, so please plan your arrival accordingly.

Planning your Arrival Date:

For students who will be living on campus:  International students who wish to live on campus should contact the Campus Housing department no later than April 18, 2014 in order to reserve an on-campus room.  This is very important, as it will guarantee that there is a room available for you to move into upon your check-in date.

For students who will be living off campus:  Those students who elect to live off campus are required to make their own arrangements for housing upon your arrival in the United States. We strongly recommend you arrive in the United States a few days early so that you have time to settle in, adjust to the time difference, and be rested to begin the orientation program starting on Thursday, May 8, 2014.   A listing of local hotels can be found in the International Resource Guide.

Orientation will include important sessions such as placement exams, registration and academic advising.  Details of the general orientation program can be found on Florida Tech's Orientation Website.

If you have further questions regarding general orientation, please contact the Office of Student Activities at   (321) 674-8080, or e-mail orientation@fit.edu. For specific questions pertaining to your status as an international student (your arrival/immigration issues, etc.), please contact International Student and Scholar Services at (321) 674- 8053, or e-mail isss@fit.edu.