International Student Orientation

Fall 2018 Orientation

International students with flags on football field

International Student Arrival Days will be from Saturday, August 18 to Monday, August 20.

International Student Orientation will take place from Tuesday, August 21 to Saturday, August 25. At orientation you will be introduced to the University of Montana, meet other new students, learn about important services and programs, meet key advisors and administrators, receive academic advising for choosing your classes, and get help for all registration and administrative procedures at the University, plus have the opportunity to participate in fun activities. 

 

Below is the complete Fall 2018 International Student Orientation Schedule or you can skip to a particular section or day by clicking the links below:

Day one, August 21

Day two, August 22

Day three, August 23

Day four, August 24

Additional Activities, August 25 - September 5

Field Trip Information

 

The University of Montana

International Student Orientation, Fall Semester 2018

 

Hosted by International Students and Scholars Office, Global Engagement

Main Dates: August 21-24;   Additional Activities:  August 25-September 3

 

Check-In and Meeting Room:  Please proceed to the building called Eck/Liberal Arts and check in there on 3rd floor in Eck/LA 304/305.   All meeting will be in ECK/LA 304/305 unless listed otherwise. Please note that there is construction on 1st and 2nd floor, but just proceed to 3rd floor.


Schedule Codes: 
no code:  Regular information sessions, most are specific to international students
##   Special Events and fun programs for International Students
*** University of Montana “Griz Welcome” events for all students.  Meet American peers!

 

Day 1 of International Orientation, Tuesday, August 21, 2018

8:15 AM   Orientation Check in with Free Breakfast Treats (ECK/LA 304/305)

9:00 AM   Morning Orientation Program (ECK/LA  304/305)

  • Welcome and introduction by Global Engagement staff
  • Special welcome by UM Provost Jon Harbor
  • Invitation to join Global Partners Program and Missoula International Friendship Program
  • Information on Health and Immunization Documentation (required for registering and attending classes)
  • Information on how to get your Student Identification Card (“Griz Card”)

##10:45 AM   Campus Tours with Global Engagement Staff and Orientation Assistants (Depart from ECK/LA 304/305)

  • 12: 00 PM Lunch Break: Students are free to purchase lunch on their own from the University Center (Student Union) UC Market, Pizza Hut in the Lommasson Center Food Zoo, or from nearby local restaurant. Liquid Planet, for example, is across the street from Jesse Hall.
  • If time allows, students should get their Griz Card in the UC Center because the Griz Card Center will be very busy in the following days. The Griz Card Office is located in the center of UC Building on the first floor.

1:00 – 5:00 PM   All Afternoon: Program Information, Advising, and Registration for Classes

  • Students will be divided into groups based on their enrollment status at UM and will proceed with their group to meet with UM Advising staff for specialized consultation.
  • All new international students must attend this advising session even if they have already registered for classes. Scheduling and advising may take all afternoon for some students, while others may finish in less than 2 hours, allowing for free time.
  • English Language Institute (ELI) students will meet ELI advisors here and then take English placement exams.
  • If time allows, students should get their Griz Card in UC! 

5:00 – 6:00 PM   Mandatory Meeting for all students interested in the Missoula International Friendship Program (ECK/LA 304/305)

##6:15 PM   Free Welcome Dinner and Social Time, hosted by the Missoula International Friendship Program & the Global Engagement Office (International Center Building - see campus map) 

Students are invited to come to the International House, located on the far edge of campus at 659 South 5th Street East, to relax and mingle with new friends at the end of the first day of orientation. 

 

Day 2 of International Orientation, Wednesday, August 22, 2018

8:00 AM – 12 Noon    Morning Orientation Program:       

For the Curry Health Center Check–in: students should come according to the time assigned to their color folder (the campus map can provide more information). Only students needing Health Checks (as identified on Tuesday) need to complete Health and Immunization Documentation, but every student should attend the Culture Adaptation Session according to their assigned color's time as listed below. Additionally, everyone who is interested in Global Partners should attend the 11am informational session.  Finally, everyone will join together again at 11:00 for a fun Explore Missoula event!

Bring all of your health and immunization records with you to the health documentation if you have them please

Red Color Group

8:00 AM   *Health and Immunization Documentation: at Curry Health Center check-in desk (Red group must come at this time)

10:00  AM   *Session:  Cultural Adaptation and Success with Caroline McLean (ECK/LA 304/305)

Yellow Color Group

9:00 AM   *Health and Immunization Documentation: at Curry Health Center check-in desk (Yellow group must come at this time)

10:00  AM   *Session:  Cultural Adaptation and Success with Caroline McLean (ECK/LA 304/305)

Green Color Group

 9:00  AM   *Session:  Cultural Adaptation and Success with Caroline McLean (ECK/LA 304/305)

10:00 AM   * Health and Immunization Documentation: at Curry Health Center check-in desk (Green group must come at this time)

 

##11:00 -3:00 PM   Explore Missoula Photo Contest! Meet at Grizzly Bear Statue outside on "the oval". 

Your will be divided into small groups and go downtown with a student guide, also learning to ride Missoula’s free buses.  Please bring your cell phone or cameras for the scavenger hunt & photo contest and money for your lunch at the festival.  You can buy lunch will be at Missoula’s Wednesday summer Festival “Out to Lunch in Caras Park”, which features free live music and many food trucks.  Meet new friends, discover Missoula, and win fun prizes from the photo-contest!

3:30-4:30 PM   Afternoon Session:  Academic Rules and Student Academic Services (ECK/LA 304/305)

* 5:30 PM   Griz Welcome Activities for all new students. Students can join their new American student peers for these “Griz Welcome” activities:

  1. New Student and Family Welcome Dinner: 5:30-8:30 PM on the Oval (outside lawn at center of UM in front of “Main Hall”)
  2. Touring Home Away from Home (dorm tours): 5:30 -7:00 pm
  3. Speed Friending : 8:30 – 10:00 pm  in University Center Commons (2nd floor)

 

Day 3 of International Orientation, Thursday, August 23, 2018

9:00 AM   Walk-in Academic Advising Assistance at Undergraduate Advising Center (UAC), Office for Student Success.

  • If any students that still need help with their schedule can stop by Lommasson Center 269, advising is on a first come first serve basis. 
  • This service is also available today from 1:00 - 4:30 PM, but you will have to make up the afternoon sessions listed below if you miss them. Students can see Mona Mondava in the International Students & Scholars office for details.

Walk-in Advising at International Students and Scholar Services, Global Engagement

  • Students can stop by and meet with an ISS advisor if they have any additional questions in room 219 in the Lommasson center.

11:00 AM   International Student Information Sessions (ECK/LA 304/305)   

  • UM Campus Recreation/Outdoor Programs
  • Fieldtrips for International Students
  • How to Get Around Missoula Without A Car             
  • Services of Global Engagement/International Students & Scholars/English Language Institute
  • Employment Opportunities at UM through UM Dining Services

12:30 – 1:30 PM  Students have free time for an independent lunch (see Tuesday's lunch schedule for information)

1:30 – 2:30 PM   Mandatory Bystander Intervention Training (with Domestic Students), University Center (UC) Theater on 3rd floor (located in the middle of the large lobby)

2:30 -2:45 PM  Griz Card Swipe Session for Bystander Intervention attendance verification

2:45  PM   Students will meet guide from International Orientation to walk together to next session (meet in lobby just outside of UC Theater)

3:00 PM   Tour of Curry Health Center and explanation of services at the Curry Health Center

4:00 PM   Residence life presentation - services and rules for dormitory and Lewis and Clark/University Villages living (ECK/LA 304/305)

## 5:00 PM   Suggested Activity: Visit the event called “Downtown Tonight" 

Students can walk from campus with their new friends to Missoula’s weekly summer evening festival at Caras Park “Downtown Tonight”.  Students can enjoy free live music by the funk/rock band "Left on Tenth", a dinner bought from one of the Food Carts, and enjoy a summer evening outdoors! The walk to Caras Park takes less than 20 minutes and is a scenic route along Missoula’s River Trail. Maps will be available for students at Thursday's 4pm session. Additional  information about Downtown Tonight can be found on the city of Missoula's website. 

 

Day 4 of International Orientation, Friday, August 24, 2018

8:30 AM – 12 Noon   Morning Orientation Program & Mandatory Visa Documentation

Students will check in at Lommasson Center suite 154 (Career Services) according to the time indicated their folder color. Students should please bring their passport, visa, and Form I-20 or DS 2019.

Green Color Group

8:30 AM   Step 1: Check in at Lommasson Suite 154 and complete the required documents for the next meeting

9:00 -10:00 AM   Step 2: Students will meet with an Immigration Advisor in Lommasson 219 (GEO: International Students and Scholars). Students will be directed to the International Students and Scholars office after they go through check in procedures as outlined in step 1. Note: The times listed are approximate and may run a bit longer 

Red Color Group

9:30 AM   Step 1: Check in at Lommasson Suite 154 and complete the required documents for the next meeting

10:00 – 11:00 AM   Step 2: Students will meet with an Immigration Advisor in Lommasson 219 (GEO: International Students and Scholars). Students will be directed to the International Students and Scholars office after they go through check in procedures as outlined in step 1. Note: The times listed are approximate and may run a bit longer 

Yellow Color Group

10:30 AM   Step 1: Check in at Lommasson Suite 154 and complete the required documents for the next meeting

11:00 AM  – 12:00 Noon  Step 2: Students will meet with an Immigration Advisor in Lommasson 219 (GEO: International Students and Scholars).   Students will be directed to the International Students and Scholars office after they go through check in procedures as outlined in step 1. Note: The times listed are approximate and may run a bit longer 

12:00  PM   Students have free time for an independent lunch

1:00 PM   Campus Safety and Security Informational Session (ECK/LA 304/305)

2:00 PM   Immigration Regulations Informational Session (ECK/LA 304/305)

Library Tours for International Students (1/2 hr based on color group) - Students will meet a librarian in the Front Lobby of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library (“Mansfield Library") and learn about library resources and how to get help for research papers

3:00PM Yellow Color Group 1/2 hour Library Tour

3:30PM Green Color Group 1/2 hour Library Tour

4:00PM   Red Color Group 1/2 hour Library Tour

3:30 – 6:30  PM   Optional: Cell phone sign up for International Students (International House) - Come anytime

  • The International House is located at the north (river) edge of campus, at 659 South 5th St. East.  See map. This cell phone plan is advantageous to international students because it is contract free, and you can use your own phone.

6:00 – 8:00 PM   Students will have dinner on their own

***8:00 PM – 11:30 PM   Griz Welcome: Silent Disco on the Oval! 

 

Additional Orientation and “Griz Welcome”Activities

Saturday, August 25, 2018

***Griz Welcome Activities:

7:30 AM – 4:00 PM   Rafting Trip with Outdoor Programs Office 

9:30 – 11:59 PM   Movie on the Oval: “Monsters, Inc.”  

Food Zoo Open for Free "Early Arrival Day" for Residence Life Residents!

  • Meals will be served between 10:30 AM – 7:30 PM and you can eat more than once.  You must have an activated Griz Card to participate and be a dorm resident.

Sunday, August 26 , 2017

(Note: Regular Meal Plan Service starts in Food Zoo)

***12:00 PM – 3:00 PM   Griz Welcome Activity: KBGA College Radio Move-In BBQ at Miller Pantzer Courtyard. Students can grab a free hot dog or veggie dog, listen to awesome music, and meet new people!

2:30 – 6:00 PM   Free International Student Shopping Shuttle to Target - ALL BORROWED LINENS MUST BE RETURNED TODAY

  • Linen Returns:  Linens must be returned at the International House between 10 AM and 2PM. 

    If you borrowed linens, you must return them today, with $8 exact change cash at the International House between 10:00  AM -2:00PM . You will have a chance to buy your own linens at Target. Linens not returned today will be charged a late fee. Please return all pieces of the linen in the bag they came in.  Put a piece of paper in the bag with your name and phone number or email address please. We  will make an inventory later to check that all your pieces are there.  There should be five pieces:  Bag, Top Sheet, Bottom fitted sheet, pillow case, and blanket.   Lewis and Clark residents have one more sheet.The International House is located at the north (river) edge of campus, at 659 South 5th St. East.  See map

  • Shopping Shuttle.  Board the bus at the International House at 2:30 pm

    Target is a large store that has all the items new students need such as linens, dormitory supplies, toiletries, clothes, and mobile phone cards and plans.  Other stores and restaurants are nearby too.    

    Wait for ISS shuttle bus at the International House at 2:30 PM.  Return shuttles times will be announced in bus, and there will be several options for return times.   The Return shuttles will drop at Lewis and Clark Village and  on Campus.

***7:00 - 10:00 PM   Griz Welcome Activity: Escape Rooms with Big Sky Breakout (University Center Ballroom, 3rd floor) Solve a mystery with your team as you try to escape from the “break-out room”.  Try this latest trendy activity that is all the rage!

Monday ,August 27

  • First Day of UM Classes
  • ***Between 5:00 – 9:00 PM   Residence Hall Floor Meetings (students can find specific floor meeting times in their hall)
  • ***6:00 – 8:00 PM   Special Campus Activity: Shakespeare in the Parks “Love’s Labours Lost” (free in the oval)

 Tuesday, August 28

  • ***Between 5:00 – 9:00 PM   Residence Hall Floor Meetings (students can find specific floor meeting times in their hall)
  • ***6:00 – 8:00 PM   Special Campus Activity: Shakespeare in the Parks “Othello” (free in the Oval)

Wednesday, August 29

  • ##Reminder: Last day to sign up for International Student Fieldtrips to be held on Monday, September 3. See Field Trips for details. Students should note that there will be no classes at the University of Montana on September 3 as it is a federal holiday.
  • ***8:00 - 10:00 PM   University Convocation (George and Jane Dennison Theater)
  • ***9:30 - 11:59 PM   Griz Welcome: Movie on the Oval: “Black Panther”

Friday, August 31

  • ***11:30 - 1:30 PM   Griz Welcome: Welcome Feast (on the oval)
  • ***8:00 - 11:00 PM Griz Welcome: Laser Tag (UC Ballroom, 3rd Floor)

Saturday, September 1  

Free Day! or ## Attend the ISA Tailgate Party at the International House from 5-7PM & go on a group trip to the UM Grizzlies Football game at 7PM at Washington-Grizzly Stadium. See flyer given out at orientation for more information.

Sunday, September 2     

Free Day!  Optional Evening Activity as follows:

  • ***Griz Welcome: Carnival on the Oval       7:00 – 10:00 PM
  • ## Hike for International Students up Mt . Sentinel (“M” mountain). Details coming.

Monday, September 3: U.S. Federal Holiday, Labor Day

There will be no UM or ELI classes, University offices are closed. Special field-trips will be offered for International Students,  see “Field Trips” on this page.

Tuesday, September 11  

6:30 – 8:00 PM   Global Partners Introduction Reception   

  • ##  You will meet your Global Partner for the first time today at this reception at  International House Activity Center.  The Location is 659 S. 5th Street East, see map.
  • This is a mandatory  event for anyone who signed up for Global Partners. To sign up for Global Partners, please attend the sign up meeting on Wednesday, August 29.

 

FIELD TRIPS  for NEW INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

##Trip 1:  River Rafting Trip on Clark Fork River in the Alberton Gorge -  Cost $65

Monday, September 3 ,  8:00 AM – 5:00 P M  (This is a holiday, so no classes today!)

See the wild outdoor side of Montana!  Located a short distance from Missoula, the Alberton Gorge is a canyon section of the Clark Fork River that makes a perfect trip on a hot summer day. Be ready to get wet on this beautiful stretch of whitewater!  Experienced guides from UM Campus Recreation will lead the trip. Lunch, transportation, guides, and equipment are provided.  The trip is for all abilities and includes class II-III whitewater.

 

##Trip 2:  Hiking to Ch-PAA-Qnn Peak  -  Cost $40 

Monday, September 3, 8:00 AM  - afternoon  (This is a holiday, so no classes today!)

This hike will be easy to moderate in difficulty, 7.4 miles long round trip and has 1,800 feet of elevation gain. Part 1 of hike is an easy, 3 mile hike through forests on a good trail with 600 feet of gradual elevation gain. Part 2 is optional and is a moderately difficult climb over rough rocks up an additional 1200 vertical feet to the summit (top). Participants who do not do part 2 must remain at a designated location below the summit for 1.5 hours. Those intending to climb to the summit  should wear high quality hiking shoes that have “broken in.”  Bring an appropriate daypack with 2 liters of water, lunch, hat/cap, sunscreen, sunglasses, and light wind/rain protection. A camera is suggested. This trip is appropriate for anyone in good physical condition who feels comfortable hiking several miles over varied terrain.

 

##  Trip 3: Hiking to Ch-PAA-Qnn Peak  -  Cost $40 

Monday, September 3, 8:00 AM  - afternoon  (This is a holiday, so no classes today!)

This hike will be easy to moderate in difficulty, 7.4 miles long round trip and has 1,800 feet of elevation gain. Part 1 of hike is an easy, 3 mile hike through forests on a good trail with 600 feet of gradual elevation gain.  Part 2 is optional and is a moderately difficult climb over rough rocks up an additional 1200 vertical feet to the summit (top).  Participants who do not do part 2 must remain at a designated location below the summit for 1.5 hours.   Those intending to climb to the summit  should wear high quality hiking shoes that have “broken in.”  Bring an appropriate daypack with 2 liters of water, lunch, hat/cap, sunscreen, sunglasses, and light wind/rain protection.  A camera is suggested.   This trip is appropriate for anyone in good physical condition who feels comfortable hiking several miles over varied terrain.

The deadline to sign up for trip 1 - 3 is Wednesday, August 29, 2018.  Go to the Student Recreation Center, Outdoor Programs Office to sign up and pay. Sign- ups will start Friday, August 24 and space is limited.

 

Additional Information

For additional information on Griz Welcome activities students can visit the Griz Welcome website or download the UM App on their smart phones.