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International Student Orientation
All students are invited by the Office of Student Affairs to attend the general orientation program.  The full schedule is available at www.sva.edu/orientation.

The International Student Office (ISO) hosts several programs specifically for international students. These programs are designed to inform you of your rights and responsibilities as a F-1 student or J-1 exchange visitor in the United States and assist with your transition to SVA. Attendance is mandatory where noted. Please notify the ISO in advance if you cannot attend.

Orientation Handouts
Please download from the right of this page:

Banking Information
Social Security Number Application Guidelines
Driver License or NY State ID Card Application Guidelines

International Student Orientation

International Student Orientation
Mandatory for all F-1 undergraduate and J-1 exchange students
Monday August 31, 3:00-4:00pm
333 West 23rd Street, SVA Theatre

International Student Orientation - Graduate Students
Mandatory for all F-1 & J-1 graduate students
Thursday, September 3, 3:00-4:30pm
333 West 23rd Street, SVA Theatre

Exchange Student Meeting

Exchange Student Meeting
Mandatory for all J-1 undergraduate exchange students
Wednesday, September 2, 10:00-11:30am
136 West 21st Street, Room 418F

Adjustment Skills Workshop: Cultural Adjustment & Useful Tips for International Students

International Students Panel Discussion
Thursday, September 3, 10:00-11:00am
217 East 23rd Street, Student Center

Meet Orientation Leaders and hear about their first-year experience at SVA.

Adjustment Skills Workshop: Cultural Adjustment & Useful Tips for International Students
Thursday, September 3, 11:00-1:00pm
217 East 23rd Street, Student Center

Learn about the basic steps for settling in: health insurance, banking & money matters, shopping for essentials and cell phone service, searching for housing, and the culture shock and adjustment process will be discussed.

Health Insurance Information Session

Health Insurance Information Session: For international students
Friday, September 4, 11:00am-12:00pm
209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater


International Student Profile

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