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International Graduate Student Orientation 2017

Thursday, August 24, 2017

9:00 - 9:50 a.m.

Check-in and Breakfast Buffet
Sayles Hall, Main Green

Pick up your nametag, get your seating assignment for the breakout sessions, and enjoy a warm breakfast.

10:00-10:15 a.m.

Welcome to Brown
Salomon 101, Main Green

Dean Andrew G. Campbell welcomes all graduate students to Brown. He is joined by Sophie Brunau and Elke Breker.

10:15-10:45 a.m.

Welcome to Graduate School: Academic Life and Opportunities in the Brown International Community
Salomon 101, Main Green

Thomas A. Lewis and Shankar Prasad welcome you to the Brown academic community and discuss the many opportunities for international students at the University.

10:45-11:45 a.m.

Affirming Our Values: Scholarship, Expectations, and Resources
Salomon 101, Main Green

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.

12:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Breakout Sessions on Academic Life, with Lunch in Peer-Led Groups

Master’s Students: Sayles Hall, Main Green
Doctoral Students: Kasper Multipurpose Room

1:45-2:00 p.m. Break

2:00-3:00 pm &
3:15-4:15 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions:

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

Campus Life at Brown and Beyond
Representatives from the International Student Experience, Graduate Student Council, Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, and Public Safety introduce students to campus life at Brown and beyond.

Master’s Students: Sayles Hall
Doctoral Students: Kasper Multipurpose Room

4:15 p.m.

Graduate Student Council Ice Cream Social (optional)
Vartan Gregorian Quad, 103 Thayer Street
(Rain plan: Petteruti Lounge)

Friday, August 25, 2017: MASTER'S STUDENTS
(doctoral schedule below

9:00-9:45 a.m.

Light breakfast for master's students
Lobby outside of MacMillan 117, 167 Thayer Street

10:00-11:00 a.m.

Peer Panel: Navigating Graduate Student Life at Brown and in the U.S. for master's students
MacMillan 117

11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Intercultural Communication
MacMillan 117

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

12:10-1:05p.m.

Writing, Learning, and Career Resources Panel
MacMillan 117

Representatives from the CareerLAB, Library, and Writing Center give a preview of services and resources, with time for questions.

1:15 - 2:15 p.m.

Lunch at International House of RI for master's students
8 Stimson Avenue 

Departures at 2:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.

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

Friday, August 25, 2017: DOCTORAL STUDENTS
(master's schedule above)

8:00 - 8:45 a.m.

Light breakfast for doctoral students
Lobby outside of Metcalf Friedman Auditorium, 190 Thayer St.

9:00-10:00 a.m.

Peer Panel: Navigating Graduate Student Life at Brown and in the U.S. for doctoral students
Metcalf Friedman Auditorium

10:10- 11:15 a.m.

Writing, Learning, Teaching and Career Resources Panel
Metcalf Friedman Auditorium

Representatives from the CareerLAB, Library, Sheridan Center, and Writing Center give a preview of services and resources, with time for questions.

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Lunch at International House of RI for doctoral students
8 Stimson Avenue 

1:00-1:50 p.m.

Intercultural Communication
Metcalf Friedman Auditorium

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

Departures at 2:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. Campus Tours (optional)
Meeting point: In front of Sayles Hall

Optional Events:

Informal Activities: Thursday & Friday Evenings and Over the Weekend
Meet other graduate students and have fun at optional informal activities and enrichment opportunities.

International Tea Party for Spouses, Partners, and Families of Graduate Students and Scholars
Please join Global Brown and the International House of Rhode Island for a family tea party following Graduate International Orientation.  Partners, spouses, and children of international graduate students and scholars will be able to meet other families and learn about the support that the International House of RI provides, while enjoying coffee, tea and desserts.  

Friday August 25, 4-5:30 p.m. 
International House of Rhode Island, 8 Stimson Ave, Providence

Please email RSVP here, and email Global Brown Community and Support at gbcs@brown.edu with questions or concerns.

Practical Resources for Life at Brown and Beyond
(no registration required)
An informal question and answer session with Christina Phillips about banks, cell phone providers, driving, and more. Open to students and their families.

Wednesday, August 23
10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Petteruti Lounge, Robert Campus Center
Saturday, August 26,
2:00 p.m., Petteruti Lounge, Robert Campus Center

Email Etiquette at the University
(advance registration required)
Sign up via the English Language Learning website for a one-hour workshop with Sara Gramley.

Monday, August 28, 10:00 a.m., Sciences Library, Room 520
Wednesday, August 30, 10:00 a.m., Sciences Library, Room 520

Local Language: Interpreting Idioms and Acronyms
(advance registration required)
Sign up via the English Language Learning website for a one-hour workshop with Sara Gramley.

Monday, August 28, 11:00 a.m., Sciences Library, Room 520
Wednesday, August 30, 11:00 a.m., Sciences Library, Room 520

Navigating Brown University Libraries and Support for Your Research and Teaching: Breakouts for the Sciences, Humanities, and Social Sciences
(advance registration required)
Sign up via the Library website for a two-hour workshop with Sarah Evelyn.

Tuesday, August 29, 10:00 a.m., Digital Scholarship Lab (First Floor of the Rockefeller Library)

Employment Information and Work Authorization Session
(no registration required)
Presenters: Elke Breker and Kelsey Dennis

Tuesday, August 29, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., Macmillan 115


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