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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

The International Student Office (ISO) hosts several sessions specifically for international students. These programs are designed to inform you of your rights and responsibilities as an 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
The following handouts will be available at orientation.

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

International Student Orientation

International Student Orientation (Undergraduate students)
Mandatory for all F-1 students.  J-1 exchange students: please attend the Exchange Student Meeting on Wednesday, 8/28.
Monday, August 26, 2019, 3:00pm
333 West 23rd Street, SVA Theatre

International Student Orientation (Graduate students)
Mandatory for all F-1 students and J-1 exchange students
Thursday, August 29, 2019, 2:00pm
333 West 23rd Street, SVA Theatre

SVA’s Regional Representatives Meeting

SVA’s Regional Representatives Meeting
For new international students from Brazil, Latin America, China & India ONLY.
Monday, August 26, 2019, 4:00pm
333 West 23rd Street, SVA Theatre

  • Students from Brazil, Latin America and India meet in the Beatrice theater.
  • Students from China meet in the Silas theater.
Exchange Student Meeting

Exchange Student Meeting
Mandatory for all J-1 undergraduate exchange students
Wednesday, August 28, 2019, 10:00am-11:30am
136 West 21st Street, Room 418F

International Student Panel Discussion

International Student Panel Discussion (Undergraduate Students Only)
Thursday, August 29, 2019, 10:00-11:00am 
217 East 23rd Street, Student Center


Cultural Adjustment, Life in NYC, and other Useful Tips for International Students

Cultural Adjustment, Life in NYC, and other Useful Tips for International Students
Thursday, August 29, 2019, 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.

International Graduate Student Q&A with Current Students

International Graduate Student Q&A with Current Students
Thursday, August 29, 2019, 3:30pm
333 West 23rd Street, SVA Theatre 

Health Insurance Information Session for international students

Health Insurance Information Session
Friday, August 30, 2019, 11:00am-12:00pm
209 East 23rd Street, Room 311, Amphitheater

Critique Workshop - international graduate students ONLY

Critique Workshop
For international graduate students for whom English is not their primary language
Friday, August 30, 2019, 1:00-4:00pm
131 West 21st Street, Room 101C

International Student Profile

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