International Student Orientation

August 25-27, 2020

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 25, 2020 with everyone, F-1 students, MKs, and TCKs. Registration opens on June 15.

Housing for International Families

Housing will be provided on campus from August 25th–the morning of August 27th. You will be required to check out by 10:00am on August 27th. After that, families will need to find their own housing. Check out hotel and lodging accommodations in the area.

There is a cost to housing both for campus residence halls and for hotels. Please view the table below for the cost of attending International Orientation.

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 28-31). 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, 2020. 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 View Now
Health Insurance (Required only for F-1 visa students) Chris Wacker (PSI)

Debby Cheruiyot Bii
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Under 18 Years Old - Release Form Lori Slater, Housing Coordinator View Now

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

Scheduling Your Arrival for International Orientation

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

  • International Orientation starts on Tuesday, August 25, where you will spend the day moving into your residence hall.
  • Register for International Orientation (mandatory for all International, MK and TCK students). Registration opens on June 15.
  • Please schedule your travel to arrive on Taylor University on Monday August 24th – Tuesday August 25, 2020, 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 Jeanna Evans at by Wednesday August 12, 2020. You will need to communicate your complete itinerary including the date, time of arrival, flight number and number of people travelling with you. A schedule that has information about your driver, host, vehicle, and driver's number will be provided 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 24, 2020 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