Arrival and Orientation

Review the sections below for more information on arriving and participating in orientation:

  • Reporting to Campus
    After you arrive and clear customs, you will need to report to the International Center to check-in. Make sure you bring your passport with you. Please check your pre-arrival guide on details on how to travel to CBU. If using CBU transportation, make sure you reserve your spot by August 15.
  • Immigration Inspection Upon Arrival

    Upon arrival to the U.S., students will present their passport, visa, I-20 and SEVIS I-901 Fee Payment Receipt to the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officer at the port of entry.

    After reviewing the documents and updating the student’s SEVIS record with the entry information, the CBP officer will stamp the student’s passport notating F-1 D/S, date and location of arrival in the U.S. While the CBP officer is inspecting the immigration documents, students may be asked some general questions. This is routine procedure so there is no reason to be nervous. Always answer clearly, honestly and politely.

  • Baggage Claim

    After clearing customs, students should proceed to the baggage claim area to collect their bags. If the bags are not on the carousel or they are marked, students should inform the airline service kiosk in the baggage claim area. It may be necessary to meet with an U.S. Customs officials (or Agricultural Dept.) if the bags are marked. They may ask about the contents of the bags or ask to open them up. Students should follow their instructions and answer their questions honestly and politely. 


International Student Orientation

Summer 2020 – May 1

Fall 2020- September 1-3

International Student Orientation is an exciting opportunity for you as you acclimate to life at CBU and life in America, as well as meet other international students. Everything we do during ISO is to help you have the best possible experience as you transition to a new school and country. The following information is a brief overview of different activities that take place during ISO:

Info Sessions

These info sessions are designed to share information about expectations for international students as well as introduce you to different resources on campus. Examples include:

  • The American Classroom
  • Immigration Basics
  • Health Insurance
  • Resource Fair

Language Testing

Students who have not provided and official IELTS or TOEFL test score will take a language test upon arrival.

Small Groups

There are a lot of new students that come for ISO and it can be overwhelming and difficult to connect with people in a large setting. We place students in small groups led by International Center staff for discussion and an opportunity to make new friends.

Presidential Luncheon

As a part of orientation you will have the opportunity to have a catered lunch with the university president, Dr. Ronald Ellis.


Students who have not yet registered for classes will be able to register during orientation.

Social Activities

These activities are optional, however, they are a great way to meet International Center staff and other new students. Examples of past events have been game nights, baseballs games, bowling, and a welcome barbeque.