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Exchange Orientation

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Friday, August 15

All new exchange students that will be enrolled in the MBA program will arrive by this date.

Wednesday, August 20

All new exchange students (exception MBA exchange students) arrive to campus. Please use this day to settle into rooms and/or apartments and rest from your journey!

Thursday, August 21

8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. - International Student Check-In (Location: ERC 2300)

Upon arrival you will be required to 'check-in' with the International Students & Scholars Office. This is to confirm your arrival to Clarkson within SEVIS (Student & Exchange Visitor Information System). Please be sure to bring the following items with you... 

  • I-20/DS-2019 - Certificate of Eligibility
  • Passport
  • Visa
  • I-94 - Arrival/Departure Card – new electronic I-94 in place unless crossing from Canada. Please visit https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/request.html
  • Address where you are living in Potsdam

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. – Exchange Welcome (Location: Student Center MPR A/B)


All new undergraduate and exchange students can meet for a continential breakfast. Here we will welcome you and send you off on the next leg of your orientaion journey!

9:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Campus Tour (Location: Meet in the Student Center Forum, Ground Floor)

12:00 - 2:00 p.m. - Lunch on your own using your meal voucher at the Student Center Servery or Java City

Avoid the lines on Friday - use this time to take care of any miscellaneous items; i.e. internatinoal student check-in - I.D. card - mailbox key - student schedule/account

1:00 – 1:45 p.m. – ESL Writing Placement for new exchange students (Location: 177 Snell Hall)

NOTE - Some exchange students may need this testing for EAP placement – please see your academic advisor if needed.

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Exchange Student Orientation (Location: Student Center MPR A/B)

4:00 p.m. - Shopping Bus (Location: Meet in the Student Center/ERC Parking Lot)

We will take you to Wal-Mart and the Lending Cupboard to get those last minute items you need for your apartment

NOTE - we will have some cell phone providers on campus in the Student Center. Stp by their table anytime this afternoon or on Friday for more information.

Dinner on your own using your meal voucher in teh Student Center Servery or Java City

Friday, August 23

8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. - International Student Check-In (Location: ERC 2300) 

10:00 - 11:00 a.m. - Academic Integrity Session – this session is mandatory for all international undergraduate/exchange students (Location: Student Center MPR A/B) MUST ATTEND!

11:30 - Book Bus (Location: Meet in front of Cheel Campus Center)

We will provide transportation downtown to the University Bookstore. The last bus returns at 5 p.m.

7:00 p.m. – University Orientation Begins!