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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 will be available in early June. For a general sense of the orientation, please visit the 2015 International & TCK Orientation Schedule found here.
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 Parent Orientation
August 19- 23, 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 the offices of Advancement and Admissions, we are pleased to make these events free of charge to you. Families need to arrange 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.
Families attending the orientation should indicate this on the student's 2016 Arrival form. For questions, please visit the Parent Orientation page here, or contact the Fried International Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before You Arrive
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