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Texas State University
Thornton International House
601 University Dr.
San Marcos, TX 78666

Tel : (512) 245 7966
Fax: (512) 245 8264

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International Orientation

International Student Orientation Schedule

It is imperative that you arrive at the Alkek Library (click here for a map) no later than 9:00 am for International Orientation

Wednesday, January 14: International Orientation
As you arrive at the entrance of the Alkek Library, you will be greeted by an International Orientation Ambassador (OA) who will escort you to your Mandatory Document Check-In where breakfast and lunch will be provided for you. You will submit your passport, visa, I-94 and I-20 to an International Office staff person who will make copies of your documents and return them to you in two buisness days.  At orientation, you will receive information on employment options, transportation, campus and city resources and you will meet staff from a few university offices whom you will need to know. We will provide you with sessions that will cover the most important information for new international students.

NSO for Undergrads: Undergraduates must attend another mandatory orientation called New Student Orientation (NSO), hosted by Undergraduate Admissions and mandatory for all Undergraduates except for study abroad/exchange students.  There you will meet with advisors and register for classes as well as get an overview of the university's resources.  If you complete your NSO requirements prior to January 14, we strongly recommend that you attend the full day of the International Orientation.

Graduate Students: Be sure to review the Graduate Student Orientation located on the Graduate College website, and make an appointment with an academic advisor in your department to register for classes.

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F-1 students or F-1 transfer students MUST turn in immigration documents to International Office

As an F-1 Student you must do an International Office Document Check-In or a hold will be placed on your record and you may fall out of F-1 visa status.  You are required to report to the International Office within 15 days of the program start date on your I-20.

We have scheduled a time for you to turn in your immigration documents at International Orientation. Be sure that the International Office receives your documents and has copied made at that time.  If you cannot make it to orientation, you MUST contact our office to check-in as soon as you arrive in the U.S. Call our office at 512-245-7966 to make an appointment or come by the office.

What to expect at International Orientation:

Orientation is a key part of a student's success, especially international students who are being introduced to many things for the very first time.  The Texas State International Office wants to equip you with the information that you need to succeed at Texas State about everything from Immigration requirements to knowing where the local grocery store is.

We strongly recommend that you attend all of the International Student Orientation given by the International Office for all new international students at Texas State University-San Marcos. This orientation helps you to successfully adjust to living in the United States and covers topics such as immigration laws and regulations, international student employment, tax issues for international students, transportation around San Marcos and more. Complimentary meals and snacks will be served.  Please sign up for New International Student Orientation as soon as you can.

Join us for the Welcome Social after Orientation!

Join us at the International Welcome Social, an event held every semester, in honor of our new international students.  Enjoy refreshments, international games, special performances, and more.  This event is free of charge and open to the Texas State University community.  So, bring a friend!

New International Student Welcome Social Friday, January 30th,  2015 2pm-5pm LBJ Ballroom


We at the International Office are eagerly awaiting your arrival at Texas State.  We want to be of assistance to you so please let us know if you have any questions about orientation or immigration information or if you will not be able to arrive by the dates of orientation.  You may email our office at international@txstate.edu.

We have created "The Next Steps after Applying page" to walk you through the entire process of what to do as an incoming F-1 student and you will find answers to many of your questions there.

Spring 2015 International Orientation, Wednesday, January 14th

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