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International Student Orientation

2020 Dates and Information Coming Soon

International Student Orientation is designed to serve the needs of incoming international students, MKs, and TCKs. You will have a chance to meet peers who were once in your very shoes. International Orientation (IO) is designed to provide all foreign nationals and domestic MKs/TCKs a transitional time to acclimate to the Taylor University’s culture. The returning internationals, MKs, and TCKs, as well as some domestic students, make up the IO staff. They passionately welcome the new cohort of students who have spent developmental years living outside the United States of America. It promises to be a time of refreshment, reflection, and encouragement.

International Orientation starts on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 with everyone, F-1 students, MKs, and TCKs.

Who Early Bird Special (Before August 17) Fee for Orientation (August 17-22) Details
F-1 Students $150 (charged to student account) $175 (charged to student account) Internationals or TCKs without American status
U.S. Passport & Residents $130 (charged to student account) $155 (charged to student account) MKs or TCKs with American status
Parents/Guardians $15 per day $15 per day + $10 late fee Any adult traveling with the incoming student
Siblings $7.50 per day $7.50 per day + $10 late fee Any child under the age of 18
On Campus Fee $10 $10 One-time fee for linens for Parents/Guardians if you stay on campus

Please note that for parents and families attending both International Orientation and Welcome Weekend, IO fees do not cover Welcome Weekend meals and housing is not provided on campus for parents and families during Welcome Weekend (August 23-26). Click here to see more about Welcome Weekend.

During International Student Orientation, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Ask questions
  • Be encouraged
  • Build relationships with others
  • Check out opportunities to work on campus
  • Meet key administrators, faculty, and staff
  • Open a local bank account
  • Participate in fun activities
  • Prepare for transition into college life and a new culture
  • Shop

Visit the International Orientation Website for more details.

Please submit the following forms by August 1, 2019. This will help make your registration for IO and transition to Taylor University a smooth transition.

Form Contact Person(s) Contact Email Form Links
Health, Medical, & Vaccination Bev Guffey, Administrative Assistant for VP of Student Development and Deans bvguffey@taylor.edu View Now
Health Insurance (Required only for F-1 visa students) Chris Wacker (PSI)

Debby Cheruiyot Bii
chris@psiservice.com

debby_cheruiyotbii@taylor.edu
View Now
Under 18 Years Old - Release Form Lori Slater, Housing Coordinator lrslater@taylor.edu View Now

Please refer to the Pre-Departure Information Packet for more details.

Transportation
Scheduling Your Arrival for International Orientation

Once you are ready to travel, please do the following:

  • Register for International Orientation (mandatory for all International, MK and TCK)
  • Please schedule your travel to arrive on Taylor University on Monday August 20th – Tuesday August 21st 2019 from the Indianapolis International Airport. Transport from the airport: Taylor University provides transportation for incoming international students from the Indianapolis Airport on the day of International Orientation Registration Day. Parents and families are also provided transportation to and from the airport.
  • Please notify Christie Garrett at chgarrett@tayloru.edu by Wednesday August 14th 2019. You will need to communicate your complete itinerary including the date, time of arrival and flight number. A schedule that has information on who your driver, host, vehicle, and drivers number will be provide so you will know who and when you will be picked up from the airport.
  • Please make sure to arrive on Taylor’s Campus on or after August 20th 2019 as you will not have access to your residence hall should you arrive earlier than International Orientation.
  • In case of any flight changes, please let us know.

Frequently Asked Questions

How should I send my luggage to Taylor?

For any items you may need upon your arrival, please consider shipping estimates.

Send items to:

  • (Your Name)
  • 236 W. Reade Ave.
  • Upland, IN 46989

Do not ship items prior to August 1.

If I shop online and want my items to arrive at Taylor, where should I shop and what address should I send my items to?

Here are our recommendations:

For any items you may need upon your arrival, please consider shipping estimates.

Send items to:

  • (Your Name)
  • 236 W. Reade Ave.
  • Upland, IN 46989

Do not ship items prior to August 1.

How will I get from the airport to Taylor for International Orientation?

We provide transportation from the airport to campus on Monday, August 19 & 20 for students and families at no additional charge. We advise that you plan to arrive on campus as early as possible. We know that flights schedules are a challenge but please keep in mind that the trip from Indianapolis Airport to Taylor’s campus can take about 2 hours. We would love for you to be a part of events in the evening.

Anyone who arrives early will need to make arrangements to stay at a hotel or other accommodations as we will not have housing available until the day of Orientation.

Please find information regarding hotels close to the airport or campus as well as the Hoosier Shuttle. While we do not provide transportation for parents and guest back to the airport, we provide transportation to the Cracker Barrel where you pick up the Hoosier Shuttle. Those who stay at local hotels, not in walking distance, will need to have their own transportation for getting back and forth to the campus.

Check out hotel and lodging accommodations in the area.

*Please note that if your flight arrives earlier than the registration date you must use the Hoosier Shuttle for transportation to the Taylor campus. Free Taylor Shuttle service from the Indianapolis International Airport is only available on August 19–20.

What if my flight arrives before August 19th?

Anyone who arrives early will need to make arrangements to stay at a hotel or other accommodations as we will not have housing available until the day of Orientation.

Please find information regarding hotels close to the airport or campus as well as the Hoosier Shuttle. Parents headed back to the airport may consider taking the Hoosier Shuttle to the airport. While we do not provide transportation for parents and guest back to the airport, we provide transportation to the Cracker Barrel where you pick up the Hoosier Shuttle. Those who stay at local hotels, not in walking distance, will need to have their own transportation for getting back and forth to the campus.

Check out hotel and lodging accommodations in the area.

*Please note that if your flight arrives earlier than the registration date you must use the Hoosier Shuttle for transportation to the Taylor campus. Free Taylor Shuttle service from the Indianapolis International Airport is only available on August 19–20.

Where should I get a cell phone in the United States?

Here are our recommendations:

  • Option 1: AT&T’s GoPhone
  • Option 2: Purchase iPhone; use “iMessage” and “Nextplus” apps in wifi hot spots only

If you have any additional questions, we will provide more information on cell phones and service at IO.

How do I open a bank account in the United States?

You can choose whichever bank you would like. If you have an interest in creating a bank account with a bank branch that is close to campus, we recommend completing the following documents for an account with Star Financial bank. Completing these documents ahead of time will allow for a swift and easy sign-up process.

View All Acceptable Documents

If you have questions about these forms, we will provide more information on banking at IO or you can contact Stephanie Lyons (Star Financial) at stephanie.lyons@starfinancial.com.