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International Graduate Student Orientation 2018

International Orientation is organized and sponsored by the Graduate School, the Office of International Student & Scholar Services, the Office of Global Engagement, and the Office of the Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Check-in and Breakfast Buffet
Sayles Hall, Main Green

Drop in anytime between 9 and 10 am to pick up your nametag (which includes your peer mentor and group number) and enjoy a light breakfast.

10:00-10:50 a.m.

Welcome to Brown
Sayles Hall, Main Green

Enjoy a musical performance by doctoral student Julian Saporiti, followed by a welcome from Dean Andrew G. Campbell. He is joined by Shayna Kessel, Shankar Prassad, Christina Bonnell, Elke Breker and Sophie Brunau-Zaragoza.

11:00 a.m. -12:20 p.m.

Peer Panel: Navigating Graduate Student Life at Brown and in the U.S.
Sayles Hall, Main Green

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Meet Your Peer Mentor and Lunch
Main Green

Meet your peer mentor and fellow graduate students on the Main Green for lunch and a discussion on academic and community life at Brown. The name of your peer mentor is listed on the back of your nametag.
(Rain plan: Sayles and Salomon classrooms, Kasper Multipurpose Room)

1:40 - 2:30 p.m. & 2:40 - 3:30 p.m.

Group 1: Sayles Hall
Group 2: Kasper Multipurpose Room

Affirming Our Values: Scholarship, Expectations, and Resources
Learn more about the U.S. learning culture and Brown’s specific environment, with a focus on the Academic Code with Thomas A. Lewis and on community expectations with Yolanda Castillo-Appollonio.

Immigration 101
Elke Breker and Kelsey Dennis provide an overview of immigration regulations pertaining to maintenance of F-1 and J-1 student status.

Departures at 3:45 and 4 p.m.

Campus Tours (optional)
Meeting point: In front of Sayles Hall

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Reception with Deans and Directors
Enjoy light appetizers and conversation with Graduate School deans, Campus Life Directors and leadership from across the University.
Sayles Hall

Friday, August 24, 2018


Metcalf Auditorium (190 Thayer St.): Students who attended school in the U.S. before coming to Brown (or have spent significant time in the U.S.)

85 Waterman Street, Room 130: Students who are studying in the U.S. for the first time 

9-10 a.m.

Light breakfast

10-11 a.m. & 11:10 a.m. -12:10 p.m.


Intercultural Communication
Sara Gramley presents intercultural communication questions and scenarios on a variety of topics, with time for discussion.

Wellness Panel
Representatives from B’Well, Counseling and Psychological Services, Health Services, the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, Public Safety, Student and Employee Accessibility Services and Student Support give a preview of services and resources, with time for questions.

12:10-1:00 p.m.

GROUP 1 (From day 1)

Lunch at International House of Rhode Island
8 Stimson Avenue 

GROUP 2 (From day 1)

Banking & Cell Phone Fair
Petteruti Lounge & Leung Gallery, Robert Campus Center, Main Green

1:15 - 2:15 p.m.

GROUP 1 (From day 1)

Banking & Cell Phone Fair
Petteruti Lounge & Leung Gallery, Robert Campus Center, Main Green

GROUP 2 (From day 1)

Lunch at International House of Rhode Island
8 Stimson Avenue 

2:30 - 3:30 pm

Scavenger Hunt with Peer Mentors
Meeting point: In front of Sayles Hall

3:45 pm

Graduate Student Council Ice Cream Social (optional)
Main Green
(Rain plan: Petteruti Lounge)

Meet and mingle with representatives from the Graduate Student Council as well as Peer Mentors.