International Student Services
The office of International Students Services is looking forward to meeting you! International Student Orientation is designed to support the success and wellness of international students at La Sierra University. During this mandatory orientation, we will talk about:
- How to maintain your immigration status
- Intercultural Adjustments and U.S Academic System
- Health and Safety Procedures
- Campus Services and Student Organizations
- General Registration Procedures
- Being part of the International Family here at La Sierra University
Our immigration orientations are geared toward students that hold an F-1 visa and/or have received an I-20 form from our office. Other visa holders are welcome to join our orientation but are not required to attend. F-1 students are required to attend our immigration orientation, failure to do so will result in a reasonable fee.
IMMIGRATION ORIENTATION DATES
During the Fall, Winter, and Spring quarter, there's usually a required in-depth immigration orientation for all new and returning international students. There are also other required orientations available below. Identify your Level of Education below for more information about orientation.
|Quarter||Level of Education||Date||Location||Time|
|Winter 2015||All New/Returning International Students||Jan 9||Cactus Rm||12 PM-3 PM|
|Spring 2015||All New/Returning International Students||April 3||Palm Rm||12 PM-3 PM|
FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE ACADEMIC ORIENTATION
Hosted by CSAS (Center for Student Academic Success) Department. This orientation is different from your international orientation and is only required for New Freshmen and Transfer students. For more information visit CSAS orientation webpage.
Dates for First Year Experience Orientation for International Students
- Winter 2015: January 2, 2015
- Spring 2015: March 27
OISS Booklet: New and Transfer International Student Orientation Handbook
Frequently Asked Questions
- Meet your future classmates, staff, and international community.
- Obtain important information about your status as an F-1 student.
- Sign International Student contract.
- Learn about student employment, Social Security Number, and California Driver's License.
- Learn about your Health Insurance
- Clear Registration Holds.
- Get Advised and Registered.
- Obtain official student ID card and Parking Permit.
- Resources On and Off Campus.
- Original I-20 Form
- January 9, 2015 12 PM - 3 PM
- April 3, 2015 12 PM - 3 PM
- Appointments ONLY
NO COST, it's FREE. However, failure to attend the full orientation will result in a $50 fine.
If you are a male student, please report directly to Sierra Towers. If you are a female student age 21 and under, please report to Angwin Hall. If you are a female student age 22 and higher, please report to Calkins Hall.
You will need to head straight to the Office of International Student Services located in the Administration Building Room 206.
Yes! Listed below are the contact information for your advisors:
Undergraduate Students: Contact your advisor at 951.785.2237 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Graduate Students: Contact your perspective departments.
- Zapara School of Business - Healther Miller, 951.785.2225 or email@example.com
- School of Education (Administration & Leadership) - 951.785.2074 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- School of Education (Curriculum & Instruction) - 951.785.2203 or email@example.com
- School of Education (Psychology & Counseling) - 951.785.2267 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- HMS Richards Divinity School - 951.785.2041 or email@example.com
- Department of English - 951.785.2335 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Music Certificate Students: Contact your advisor at 951.785.2036 or email@example.com
English as a Second Language Students: Contact Nanci Mina at 951.785.2351 or firstname.lastname@example.org
They are language proficiency tests that are designed to help you place in the appropriate English as a Second Language (ESL) course but if you pass the test or have submitted passing scores, then you do not need to take them.
No, you have to choose one to take.
You must have 6.5 or higher.
You must have 86 or higher.
Yes, BUT you will have to wait for the next quarter.
TOEFL costs $50
Michigan Language costs $35
Placement tests are designed to help you place in the appropriate english and/or math class.
Not everyone will need to take a placement test. Once you are accepted and all your final transcripts are processed, either the office of admissions or your advisor will let you know. Most of the time, a hold will appear on your student account and it will state the type of placement test you will need to take.
$20 per test.
There are a few options:
Option 1: Talk to your residential dormitory and reserve a guest room. You can contact the three dormitories with the following informations:
- Men's Dorm (Sierra Towers) - 951.785.2229 or email@example.com
- Women's Dorm (Calkins Hall) - 951.785.2212 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Women's Dorm (Angwin Hall) - 951.785.2025 or email@example.com
Option 2: Check out our local hotels near our university. Many of them offer discounts if you mention that you attend La Sierra University. Click HERE for more information.
For Fall quarter, you are allowed to move in 1 or 2 days before the date of your international orientation.
For Winter, Spring, & Summer quarter(s), you are ONLY allowed to move in 1 or 2 days before school starts.
You will need to make prior arrangements with the International Students Office. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 951.785.2237. NOTE: you might live in a hotel and will need to pay for the remainder of your stay.