A pre-orientation program for first-year international students and families

We invite international students to participate in Odyssey, an orientation program for first-year International students and their families, scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 24.  This optional pre-orientation program gives international students an opportunity to get to know the College and each other before the arrival of the rest of the first-year students.

A series of workshops provides information on making the transition to life at Connecticut College as smooth as possible. A special session is held on immigration and visa regulations.

Odyssey will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. International students will arrive on Tuesday, Aug. 23. You will have access to your room on Aug. 23. 

Participation is voluntary, but encouraged. If you would like to attend this program, please complete the online form found in the online Enrollment Guide by July 15. You may also email Carmela Patton, the International Student Adviser, who can email the form to you. 

Parents and families are encouraged to stay to participate in Odyssey and the activities of Arrival Day. View a listing of overnight accommodations for families.

For more information, contact the program's international student adviser, Carmela Patton

 

Here is a tentative schedule for Odyssey 2016

Tuesday, August 23

International students arrive and check in to their rooms

Wednesday, August 24

10-11 a.m. Icebreakers. For First-Year Students and International Advisers (IAs)

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Workshop on Government Regulations affecting F-1 students

12:30-1:30 p.m. Picnic Lunch (students, parents and IAs)

1:30-2:15 p.m.  Making the Transition: Student and Parent Workshop

2:30-3:15 p.m.  Academic Standards Workshop for Students and IAs

3:30-4:15 p.m.  Open Discussion for Parents with International Student Adviser

3:30-4:15 p.m.  Open Discussion of First-Year students with IAs

4:30-5:15 p.m.  Culture Shock Workshop

5:30-7:30 p.m.  International Dinner with Students, Parents, Faculty and Staff

Thursday, August 25

8-9:30 a.m.  Breakfast in Harris for IAs and First-Year Students