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 International Student Orientation

Orientation at Hope College

August 21- 28, 2015

The International Student Orientation begins on Friday, August 21 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.

Fall 2015 International Student & TCK Orientation

Explore Michigan

August 21- 23, 2015

Join us pre-orientation on 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 pre-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.


Before You Arrive

What You Need To Know

  • All new students should plan to arrive on Wednesday, August 19th or Thursday August 20th to participate in the 2015 Explore Michigan trip and Orientation.
  • Please complete and return the 2015 Arrival Form.
  • If you have any questions about either program, please email
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