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 and their accompanying parents receive information and orientation specific to transitioning to life in the US, on a US-campus. Sessions happening before classes begin are listed below. You will be contacted directly with information about additional events.

Monday, August 28

1 – 1:45pm
International Students: Group Greeting
International students and their families are encouraged to attend this welcome session with James Reese, Associate Dean of International Student Programs.
Commons Building, Fireplace Lounge

Monday, September 4

5:30 – 6:30pm
International Students: Beginning at Bates – Sources for Assistance
Commons, Room 221/222

International Students: Dessert for All
280 Street Residence, Frank’s Lounge

Tuesday, September 5

5:15 – 6pm
International Students: Academics and Being Yourself in a New Place (Mandatory)
Commons, Room 221/222

We recognize that all students bring their personal individuality – along with their academic skills – to our campus setting. We want to get to know you, to create a supportive and dynamic setting of continual exchanges of ideas, experiences, understandings and goals. Respect for people, cultures, and communities and respect for individual perspectives and aspirations guide everything we do.