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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 students
Monday, August 28, 2017, 3:00pm. 
333 West 23rd Street, SVA Theatre

International Student Orientation
Mandatory for all F-1 and J-1 graduate students
Thursday, August 31, 2017, 3:00pm. 
333 West 23rd Street, SVA Theatre



Exchange Student Meeting

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



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

International Student Panel Discussion
Thursday August 31, 10:00am – 11:00am
217 East 23rd Street, Student Center
Hear about the first year experience from Orientation Leaders.

Adjustment Skills and Workshop for International Students
Thursday August 31, 11:00am – 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.  All students and their families are welcome.

Critique Workshop - international graduate students ONLY

Friday September 1, 2017
1:00pm – 4:00pm        
Critique Workshop - International Graduate Students ONLY

141 West 21st Street, Room 101C

International Student Profile

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