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International Graduate Student Orientation - Fall 2022

All sessions will be available in person, as well as livestreamed and recorded, with the exception of meals and social/community building events. Please complete the registration form for International Orientation so that we may plan appropriately for the sessions (specifically food and seating.) Download the BrownU App to follow along and find the locations. All Orientation information will be available in the app no later than August 22.

Sessions are for both doctoral and master's students unless specified. Schedule is subject to change!

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Wednesday, August 24

  • Banking & Cell Phone Fair
    An opportunity for students to speak directly to bank and cell phone providers near campus. Bring your passport to open an account in person. Participating providers: Chase Bank, Bank of America, Santander Bank, TD Bank, AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon.
    Wednesday, August 24 | Simmons Quad Tent | 1:00 - 3:00 pm

  • Complete your I-9 Form
    Stop by the Brown Business Center with the required documents to complete your I-9 form in order to receive your first-year supplemental fellowship payment and first stipend payment.
    Wednesday, August 24 | Page-Robinson Hall, Room 213 | 1:00 - 3:00 pm
  • Open Hours: Academic & Student Conduct Code Tutorial
    Stop by to get assistance competing your online Academic & Student Conduct Code Tutorial, which is due on September 7, 2022.
    Wednesday, August 24 | Center for Information Technology, Room 265 | 1:00 - 3:00 pm
  • The Graduate Labor Organization (GLO): Brown Works Because We Do!
    The Graduate Labor Organization (GLO) is the union of graduate student employees at Brown University. As researchers, teachers, and mentors at Brown, graduate workers are vital to the everyday working of the university. Through collective bargaining and collective action, we advocate for the needs of a diverse student body, organize for improved working conditions, fight against discrimination in all its forms, and nurture a caring community that supports the personal and professional lives of all student workers. This session will be focused on International graduate student employees.
    Wednesday, August 24 | Metcalf Research Building, Auditorium or join via Zoom | 3:00 - 3:30 pm
    View the video recording from this session (Brown login required).

  • Graduate Student Council Ice Cream Social
    Enjoy ice cream novelties and meet members of the Graduate Student Council.
    Wednesday, August 24 | Simmons Quad | 3:00 - 4:30 pm
  • Campus Tours
    A one-hour tour of main campus led by graduate student peers. This tour will highlight the College Hill campus and visit more than twenty places crucial to your smooth transition to Brown life. You will gain knowledge of the locations, services, and firsthand users' experiences about those places from your peers.
    Wednesday, August 24 | Meet in front of Sayles Hall | 4:00, 4:15 or 4:30 pm
  • Spookie Tour
    If you’re a fan of the supernatural, you can’t miss this ghost tour! We will explore Brown campus, admire the beautiful architecture, while a guide from Providence Ghost Tour will tell you about the fascinating and sometimes chilling history of the area. Their guides are excellent storytellers, and their tales are sure to give you goosebumps! Limited to 120 students (30 per group max), tour also runs Sunday, Aug. 28.
    Wednesday, August 24 | Meet in front of University Hall | 8:00 pm | External website registration required: Cost is $12

Thursday, August 25

  • Check-in & Breakfast
    Drop in anytime between 9 and 10 am to pick up swag, make a nametag, and enjoy a light breakfast.
    Thursday, August 25 | Simmons Quad | 9:00 - 10:00 am

  • Welcome to Brown
    Welcoming words from the Graduate School and the School of Professional Studies, Global Brown, the Graduate Student Council and graduate Orientation assistants.
    Thursday, August 25 | Simmons Quad Tent or join via Zoom | 10:00 - 10:30 am
    View the video recording from this session (see the lower left corner to choose which session to view from Aug. 25).

  • Peer Panel: Navigating Graduate Student Life at Brown and in the U.S.
    Hear from fellow graduate students about their experiences at Brown and in Rhode Island.
    Thursday, August 25 | Simmons Quad Tent or join via Zoom | 10:40 am - 12:05 pm
    View the video recording from this session (see the lower left corner to choose which session to view from Aug. 25).

  • Introduction to the English for International Teaching Assistants Program (PhD students only)
    Learn about the English for International Teaching Assistants Program, which evaluates the spoken English proficiency of international teaching assistants prior to their assuming teaching duties at Brown.

    Thursday, August 25 Simmons Quad or join via Zoom | 12:10 - 12:15 pm
    View the video recording from this session (see the lower left corner to choose which session to view from Aug. 25).


  • Grab & Go Lunch with peer mentor groups
    Meet with your graduate student peer mentors (including some Graduate School staff) and fellow graduate students in small groups to discuss academic and community life at Brown.
    Thursday, August 25 | Simmons Quad | 12:05 - 1:30 pm

  • Mandatory Session: Immigration Essentials
    Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISSS) team members provide an overview of immigration information pertaining to the maintenance of F-1 and J-1 student status. In person make up date: Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 12 pm in Page-Robinson Hall, 3rd Floor
    Thursday, August 25 | Simmons Quad Tent or join via Zoom | 1:45 - 3:00 pm
    View the video recording from this session (see the lower left corner to choose which session to view from Aug. 25).

  • Global Brown Center Open House
    Join us at our Global Brown Center Open House to enjoy tea, coffee, and snacks! Come meet professional staff, learn about our programs and resources, and check out international students' very own home away from home at Brown.
    Thursday, August 25 | Page-Robinson Hall, 3rd Floor | 3:00 - 4:30 pm

  • International Student Reception
    Enjoy hearty appetizers and conversation with Graduate School and School of Professional Studies deans, leadership and Center directors from across the University.
    Thursday, August 25 | Engineering Research Center/Barus & Holley, 345 Brook Street | 4:30 - 6:00 pm

  • Graduate Center Bar (GCB) Hangout
    The legendary Graduate Center Bar also known as GCB has recently reopened after the pandemic time! They have a very strict ID policy, so bring your passport to get in and/or become a member. The experience of generations of Brown grad students tells us that you will be hanging out there often!
    Thursday, August 25 | Graduate Center Bar: Meet near the corner of Charlesfield and Thayer Street to be directed to the entrance | 8:00 pm

Friday, August 26

  • Breakfast
    Drop in anytime between 9 and 10:15 to enjoy a light breakfast.
    Friday, August 26 | Simmons Quad | 9:00 - 10:15 am

  • Understanding How Your Stipend is Taxed (PhD & MFA Students only)
    For Doctoral & MFA Students, this session will provide information on how various doctoral appointments are taxed, taking consideration of citizenship and appointment type.
    Friday, August 26 | 
    Simmons Quad Tent or join via Zoom | 9:45 - 10:15 am
    View the video recording from this session (see the lower left corner to choose which session to view from Aug. 26).

  • Introduction to the Writing Center & English Language Support
    Meet a graduate Writing Associate and learn about the suite of writing and English language services that are available to support international-identifying and multilingual graduate students at Brown.
    Friday, August 26 | Simmons Quad Tent or join via Zoom | 10:20 - 10:50 am
    View the video recording from this session (see the lower left corner to choose which session to view from Aug. 26).
  • Healthcare in the U.S.
    Learn about the basics of U.S. healthcare, including common terms, with representatives from Brown's Health Services office and Gallagher Student Health.
    Friday, August 26 | Simmons Quad Tent or join via Zoom | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    View the video recording from this session (see the lower left corner to choose which session to view from Aug. 26).

  • Grab & Go Lunch
    Friday, August 26Simmons Quad | 12:00 - 1:30 pm


  • Meet & Greet at International House of RI
    Come and explore one of our community resources - International House of Rhode Island - learn more about their activities while enjoying dessert, meeting other international graduate students and local community members.
    Friday, August 26 | International House of RI, 8 Stimson Ave. | 2:00 - 3:30 pm

  • Nature Lab Tour
    If you're interested in natural history, cuddly animals, shiny minerals, or bad taxidermy, you can't miss this visit to the Edna Lawrence Nature Lab at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), a short walk from Brown campus! A unique and incredible resource, the Nature Lab is a place you can visit to do your homework among natural specimens, or conduct deep research. What's more - there are some live animals like turtles and snakes too! This is a great opportunity to find a lesser-known space available to Brown students, and have fun with human and non-human friends while you're at it! Limited to 30 students.
    Friday, August 26 | Edna Lawrence Nature Lab at RISD, 13 Waterman St, Providence | 4:00 - 5:00 pm

  • Virtual Pets Chat
    Pets are important members of the Brown community, so we arrange this zoom meeting to celebrate their lives and their bonds with our Brown community. No matter whether you are pet owners or pet lovers, feel free to enter the meeting at home with or without your pets next to you. Let's casually chat about pets in our lives, including asking and answering questions about pet services in RI. Stuffed pets are welcome, too. Join via Zoom.
    Friday, August 26 | Online | 4:30 - 5:30 pm

  • Pizza Night - Location Changed to Graduate Student Lounge
    The entrance to the Graduate Lounge is accessed from Thayer, south of the Gradate Center Dormitory, beneath the winding staircase.
    Friday, August 26 | Graduate Student Lounge, 92 Thayer St. | 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Saturday, August 27

  • RISD Museum Tour
    Join your peer graduate students in this group tour to view over 2000 objects exhibited in the Rhode Island School of Design Museum. Established in 1877, this museum has gathered art and design from ancient times till today from all over the world. It is a perfect occasion to appreciate world art, make new friends, and get more acquainted with local life in Providence. If there is a lot of interest, groups may have to be split into two entry times.
    Saturday, August 27 | 20 North Main St., Providence | 1:00 pm

  • WaterFire
    Come for a short walk down the hill to the canal in downtown and join your peers at one of the most celebrated events during Summertime in PVD! The canal is lighted up with hundreds of firepits, creating a cozy, welcoming and relaxing environment. It's a great opportunity to hang out, make new friends and get a taste of the Providence community, beyond Brown campus.
    Saturday, August 27 | Meet in front of Rockefeller Library | 7:15 pm

Sunday, August 28

  • Day-trip to Newport
    Join a ferry ride to Newport - a must see place in Rhode Island. It is most famous for its beautiful beaches and the Gilded Age mansions, some of which are now museums. Among other things to do and see are Cliff Walk, Norman Bird Sanctuary and New England traditional food - clam chowder and lobster rolls. We will start at 9 am from a ferry terminal on India Street and take a 5.30 pm ferry back from Newport. You will have a whole day to enjoy it. Limited to 30 students.
    Sunday, August 28 | Meet at the Ferry: 25 India St.| 8:30 am
  • Spookie Tour
    If you’re a fan of the supernatural, you can’t miss this ghost tour! We will explore Brown campus, admire the beautiful architecture, while a guide from Providence Ghost Tour will tell you about the fascinating and sometimes chilling history of the area. Their guides are excellent storytellers, and their tales are sure to give you goosebumps! Limited to 120 students (30 per group max), tour also runs Wednesday, August 24.
    Sunday, August 28 | Meet in front of University Hall | 8:00 pm | External website registration required: Cost is $12

Anytime!

  • Garden Tour
    Brown has an unique campus, with beautiful architecture and gorgeous gardens. Most of these places are generally taken for granted or even not noticed. To help you find a secret place to call yours, either to rest or to get some work done, we put together a list with "secret gardens" you must know. Follow the map instructions to guide yourself through incredible hidden little spots around campus! Also consider taking the campus tree tour (provided by the Office of Sustainability).