International Student Orientation

Your orientation experience will take place before the start of your semester. We look forward to welcoming you on campus! If you have any questions about orientation, please contact

Graduate Student Orientation

Orientation is MANDATORY for all incoming graduate students. Orientation for incoming Fall 2024 international graduate students only will be August 28 and 29, 2024. Check in is 8:30 am-9:30 am both days. Orientation sessions will begin promptly at 9:30 am and the day will conclude at 4:00 PM, both days.

Orientation is held in-person, on-campus at University Hall, Floor 7. Once you arrive to campus, you will see signs and orientation leaders who will direct you where to go. Register for Orientation – please only sign up if you have received your visa.

What to bring:

  • Sweater or jacket – the room can get cold
  • Appetite – Light breakfast will be served both days from 8:30-9:30 AM. Hot lunch will be served on day 1. This is your opportunity to try some American food!
  • Questions – Bring any questions you have!
Undergraduate Freshmen and Transfer Student Orientation

Freshmen and transfer students will attend the college-wide new student orientation. You can find more information on this orientation here: Undergraduate Orientation. ALL incoming international undergraduate students are required to attend a MANDATORY Maintaining Your F-1 Status session in addition to the campus-wide undergraduate orientation. This session will be run by the Office of Global Engagement (OGE).

OGE will host a mandatory international student session on Friday, August 30, 2024 at 3:00 PM. You will receive an email with more detailed information about this session once you receive your visa and confirm your intent to enroll for the fall 2024 semester.

J-1 Exchange Students

Orientation for J-1 Exchange students will be held on Friday, August 30, 2024. This mandatory immigration session begins at 9:00 AM. Please contact the International Academic Initiative’s office for more information about this orientation.

Resource Fair for ALL New Students

The college will be hosting multiple incoming student resource fairs:

  • Wednesday, August 21, 3-4 PM
  • Thursday, August 22, 3-4 PM
  • Friday, August 23, 3-4 PM
  • Tuesday, August 27, 3-4 PM
  • Wednesday, August 28, 3-4 PM
  • Thursday, August 29, 3-4 PM
  • Friday, August 30, 3-4 PM

All resource fairs will take place on the Student Center Quad. If you are on or near campus on these days and would like to learn more about what the different offices/departments on campus can offer to you as a student, please feel free to attend!

International Student Resource Guide

Please review the International Student Resource Guide on CANVAS, which you will be added to after you receive your visa and confirm your intent to enroll. This guide has information about everything Montclair and what it means to be an international student here!

Parking and Transit Information

When coming to campus for orientation or just a visit, you can park in either the Red Hawk Parking Deck or Car Parc Diem Parking Deck for $12 for the entire day. You can find the location of each deck on our Campus Map.

Campus is also accessible via New Jersey Transit bus (Montclair Heights stop) or train (Montclair Heights station and Montclair State University station).

The NJ Transit bus schedule can be found here and the NJ Transit train schedule can be found here.