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 International Student Orientation

International & TCK Student Orientation at Hope College

August 19- 26, 2016

The International Student Orientation begins on Friday, August 19 and is mandatory for all incoming degree-seeking international students and one-year exchange students. Third Culture Kids (TCKs) are welcome to join us as well! A variety of sessions will be held throughout the orientation that will address the academic culture at Hope College, health and safety, immigration, campus services and student activities.

The Fall 2016 International & TCK Orientation Schedule is available here.

Explore Michigan

August 20- 22, 2016

Our international and TCK orientation includes an adventure packed trip to Northern Michigan. Hike the Sleeping Bear Dunes, meander through old-time Mackinaw Island, tandem-bike around the island located in Lake Michigan, race around a go-kart course, eat s'mores, kayak, rock climb, swim.... the opportunities are endless.

This orientation trip is required for all new international students and for TCK students planning on attending the international student orientation. Please contact the Fried International Center to confirm your participation and submit the required Arrival Form below. The cost (transportation, lodging and meals) is covered through a generous gift to the College to specifically introduce international and TCK students to beautiful Michigan.

Throughout the year, we also organize field trips to a traditional American baseball game, the Frederick Meijer Garden, cross-country ski through Pigeon Creek Park, and provide you with many opportunities to truly experience our beautiful state.

International Family Orientation

August 19- 28, 2016

Parents and family members of international and TCK students are welcome to join us for some special events and sessions planned to introduce you to Hope College and the West Michigan area. These may include a day trip to Chicago, a boat ride on Lake Michigan, a baseball game in Grand Rapids, as well as sessions about the international student experience at Hope, student panels, academics, health and safety, etc.

In collaboration with Development and Family Engagement Office, we are pleased to make these events free of charge to you. Families are responsible for their own accommodations and we recommend early reservations at the Haworth Center, located on Hope's campus, City Flats, or the Courtyard Marriott on 8th Street. If you need help reserving a room, please contact the Development and Family Engagement Office.

Families attending the orientation should indicate this on the student's 2016 Arrival form. For questions, please visit the International Family Orientation page here, or contact the Fried International Center at


Before You Arrive

What You Need To Know

  • All new students should plan to arrive on Wednesday, August 17th or Thursday August 18th to participate in the 2016 Explore Michigan trip and Orientation.
  • If you have any questions about either program, please email
  • Please complete and return the 2016 Arrival Form, available below.
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