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International Orientation: Open Hands

August 23-25, 2022

We are so excited that you are joining us for International Orientation! We look forward to meeting and serving you in August! International Orientation (IO) is designed for our incoming International Students (F-1 Visa), Missionary Kids (MK), and Third Culture Kids (TCK), to help with the entry and transition into a different country and culture as you prepare for your time at Taylor University.

You will have the opportunity to not only meet your classmates, but also upperclassmen that have volunteered their energy and time to welcome you into this space. It is our hope and prayer that during this time, you will with open hands begin to develop friendships with your peers and draw closer to the One who has called each of you to Taylor University.

During IO, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Ask questions
  • Be encouraged
  • Build relationships with others
  • Check out opportunities 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

For the Parents/Families

Lodging

  • Best Western Plus
    4936 South Kay Bee Drive, Gas City, IN 46933
    765-998-2331
  • Holiday Inn Express
    4914 North Beaner Blvd, Gas City, IN 46933
    765-674-6664
  • Super 8 By Wyndham
    5172 South Kay Bee Drive, Gas City, IN 46933
    765-997-8096

Transportation

We will provide a shuttle from the hotels listed for parents and families at 8 am for the day’s activities. Shuttle will also be provided at the end of each day back to the hotel.

FAQs

When should I arrive to Taylor?

Student and parents should plan to arrive to Taylor on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2022 between 12–4 pm.

Who will pick me up from the airport?

If you need transportation from the Indianapolis airport, we will provide shuttle buses on Tuesday, August 23rd at 10 am and 2 pm. If you plan on utilizing this transportation service, please contact Joanna at joanna_vasudevan@taylor.edu and send your flight itinerary.

Do I need to be vaccinated for Covid-19 or quarantine when I arrive to the United States?

We are following the CDC’s recommendation on vaccination and entry to the United States: if you are fully vaccinated, you do not need to quarantine upon arrival to the country. If you are not fully vaccinated, you must quarantine for a full 5 days after travel. Please follow the link below for the most up-to-date CDC recommendation for international travel.

For International (F-1) Students, you must be fully vaccinated with the primary series of an accepted Covid-19 vaccine to travel to the United States.

Get to Know Us!

Autumn Thompson

Autumn Thompson

Co-Director

Mathematics, Class of 2023
Home: Albania
Email: autumn_thompson@taylor.edu

Kwame Asamoah

Kwame Asamoah

Co-Director

Biology, Class of 2023
Home: Ghana
Email: kwame_asamoah@taylor.edu

Katie Ito

Katie Ito

IO Cabinet

Pre-art therapy, Class of 2023
Home: Indianapolis
Email: katie_ito@taylor.edu

Kay Rideout

Kay Rideout

IO Cabinet

Journalism, Class of 2024
Home: Niger
Email: kay_rideout@taylor.edu

Joanna Vasudevan

Joanna Vasudevan

IO Cabinet

Physiology, Class of 2023
Home: India
Email: joanna_vasudevan@taylor.edu

Darin Jordan

Darin Jordan

IO Cabinet

Music, Class of 2024
Home: Russia
Email: darin_jordan@taylor.edu

Questions?

Please contact Nate Chu, Director of International Student Programs, at nathan_chu@taylor.edu

(NOTE: International Orientation is not the same as Welcome Weekend, which begins on Friday, August 26th, 2022 for all incoming students. For information on Welcome Weekend, please click the button below.)