International Student Orientation

All incoming Bates students receive an extensive orientation upon arrival that will introduce you to campus and community, academics and life-at-Bates, and important information about higher education and the liberal arts that will help guide your time at Bates and beyond.

In addition, international students receive an orientation specific to transitioning to life in the US, and at Bates.  You will be contacted directly with information about the structure and attending International Circle Orientation.

International Circle Orientation will begin on Monday, August 23, 2021. New first-year international students are able to arrive at Bates starting Sunday, August 22, 2021. More information will be sent directly to students from Housing and Associate Dean James Reese.

International Circle Orientation sessions include:

  • Campus/building and local tours
  • Information on:
    • immigration policies and rules
    • healthcare in the US and Bates services
    • US campus life and Bates social life
    • Jobs and employment on campus
    • Social class and U.S. culture
    • Practical questions sessions
    • Preparing for academic life
  • Opportunities to connect with upper-class international students

This page will be updated with 2021 International Circle Orientation activities. Stay tuned! If you have any questions, please contact Dean Reese (