WMU News

International students get unique orientation

Aug. 20, 2005

KALAMAZOO--For one group of incoming students, Western Michigan University's special August orientation programs will include activities such as negotiating the aisles of a large discount department store and spending a day at the beach.

These activities are part of the required International Student Orientation and Registration Program. The weeklong program will run from Monday, Aug. 22, to Friday, Aug. 26, and primarily take place in the Bernhard Center. It offers social activities and a conference-like format with informational sessions.

Participants will obtain practical information on topics such as U.S. immigration rules and regulations, WMU's academic policies, and registering for classes. The program also will cover "daily life" issues, including how to obtain health insurance and a Michigan ID card, and allow participants to learn more about the local area and life in the United States.

Excursions scheduled include dinner out at 5 p.m. Aug. 22 followed by a trip to Meijer to shop for essentials, a "worldwide" dance party at 4 p.m. Aug. 25, and a daylong outing to Saugatuck, Mich., and scenic Lake Michigan that will begin at 8 a.m. Aug. 26.

For more information, visit the Web site at www.wmich.edu/international or contact Jin Abe in the Haenicke Institute for Global Education at (269) 387-5859 or (269) 387-5865 or jin.abe@wmich.edu.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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