A fall 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. 21, 2019. This 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. 21, 2019. International students can arrive as early as Monday, Aug. 19 and will have access to their room on the same day.

Participation is strongly encouraged. If you would like to attend this program, please complete the online form found in the online Enrollment Guide which will posted at a later date. You may also email Carmela Patton, the International Student Adviser for any questions you may have.

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.  

Typical Schedule

Here is a typical schedule for Odyssey


International students arrive and check in to their rooms



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



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