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International Students Attend Orientation

Nearly 40 international students will be among the new students this semester when classes begin next week.  In all, 37 new international students will be attending classes this spring, and many of the students arrived on the Arkansas Tech campus this week to attend orientation.

The Office of International and Multicultural Student Services is hosting a special orientation today and tomorrow for new international students.

During orientation, the students will learn more about Arkansas Tech, campus involvement opportunities, academic expectations and immigration rules.

International students that are required to take the TOEFL or COMPASS exams will complete the exams during orientation.

Diane Birge, assistant director of the Office of International and Multicultural Student Services, says the staff works hard to ensure the transition to the United States is as easy as possible. She explains, “We try to make this a seamless transition by making sure students follow the proper procedures in order to attend classes in the United States.”

Birge says the first few days will be very busy for the students, as they have quite a bit of paperwork to complete before classes begin.  She adds, “We help the students with insurance paperwork and help students set up a bank account at a local bank.”

See photos from Thursday's orientation session.