Office of International Education

Photograph of the International Students Orientation Group

The Office of International Education provides mandatory orientation session for all new international students at the start of every fall and spring semester. This orientation is for both undergraduate and graduate students. The Fall 2015 orientation will begin Thursday August 13th and will conclude Friday, August 21st.

      • Drivers will be available to pick students up beginning August 9th and ending August 16th from the FORT WAYNE AIRPORT (FWA) ONLY.
      • Students can choose one of three drop off points: IPFW Student Housing, Office of International Education, or the Holiday Inn on E. Coliseum Blvd. 
  • Pre-Arrival Information:
    • EARLY CHECK IN: Students can arrive as EARLY as August 12th, 2015 to take placement tests and register for classes on Thursday, August 13th and Friday August 14th. 
    • UNDERGRADUATE CHECK IN: Thursday August, 13th - Friday August 14th, 2015. Students are to report to the Office of International Education. Students will need to have taken placement tests and registered for classes by 5pm, Monday August 17th. 
    • GRADUATE CHECK IN: Monday August 17th - Tuesday, Agusut 18th, 2015. Students are to report to the Office of International Education. 
    • PLEASE NOTE: Students living at IPFW Student Housing will be subject to early move in fees. Undergraduate students will be subject to early move in fees if they arrive prior to August 12th. Graduate students will be subject to early move in fees if they arrive prior to August 17th. You MUST notify the Office of International Education of your arrival date and time to ensure you will not be subject to early move in fees after August 12th. You are REQUIRED to submit an Early Move In Request at least 10 days prior to your arrival date. Please see the Student Housing website for the Early Move In Form for Fall 2015. 
    • Don’t forget to fill out our Arrival Form so that we can arrange pick up if necessary and so that we know when to expect your arrival to campus.
  • During the orientation, students will receive crucial information that will help them adjust to IPFW life in the U.S. Topics include student life, academic advising, course registration, housing, opening a bank account, international student responsibilities, and much more.
  • After attending the orientation, students will be completely checked in, will have received their IPFW Student ID Card (Mastodon Card), and be prepared to start classes.
  • All new international students must attend orientation. After students are accepted, they should receive an email from our office to inform them of the orientation schedule and dates. Therefore, accepted students must arrive in Fort Wayne before the orientation to attend all of the orientation events.
  • Note about placement tests- For students with no university credit in English.  Students with English as a native language can take the online self-assessment for writing and those with a SAT or ACT score can also complete the online test for reading placement.  You can find this by logging into myIPFW, click on the enrollment tab, then Orientation & Placement Tests.   All ESL students must take a writing and reading test upon arrival.  The OIE will coordinate this for you.
  • Please feel free to contact the Office of International Education if you have any questions.

Orientation Documents

Pre-Arrival Information Fall 2015

Orientation Schedule

International Students Orientation Fall 2015

Orientation Resources

International Students Library Orientation

Orientation Leaders

*Hired for Fall 2015. Check back for information on Spring 2015 staff hiring!