Orientation and Arrival

ARRIVAL INFORMATION

FOR NEW INCOMING INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION

International Student Orientation for the Fall 2013 semester is August 19 through August 23.  This orientation is designed specifically for international students and is loaded with information to help you make the challenging transition from home to Fredonia less difficult.  Sessions are informal and interactive and conducted by guest speakers who will talk with you about such important topics as: immigration rules and regulations, electronic services such as ANGEL, FredMail, and Your Connection, meal plans, on campus housing, registering for classes, health insurance, financial responsibility, cell phones, banking and health services, immunizations requirements and tips on staying healthy.  You'll also get a chance to meet with currently enrolled domestic and international students here. 


On Wednesday, August 21st, we will be holding our Welcome Ceremony.  This event is where newly admitted students will be greeted by faculty, staff and the community to SUNY Fredonia.  Please make sure you attend this event.

REGISTERING FOR ORIENTATION

To register for International Student Orientation, please click here or you can follow the directions on the International Student Orientation Flyer that was included in your Acceptance Packet.

AIRPORT AND BUS TERMINAL PICK UP SERVICE

The International Education Center provides pick up service from Buffalo, New York to any international student who needs it.   The cost is $75.00 which is 25% less than taking a taxi from Buffalo. Our value added service includes a personal chaperone from the airport/bus terminal to Fredonia, late arrival pick up, and a individualized welcome at the residence halls.

SCHEDULE AN AIRPORT OR BUS TERMINAL PICK UP

To schedule a pick up you must send your complete itinerary (Home Country to Buffalo) to: JANET.REID@FREDONIA.EDU, or fax to 1-716-673-3175. Janet is making all the arrangements for vans and drivers and to make sure we have enough of both we need to compare schedules for all incoming students.

DELAYED OR MISSED FLIGHTS

If your flight is delayed, or if you miss your flight, let us know as soon as you know your new arrangements. You must provide a new flight number, the new departure time and the new arrival time in Buffalo, NY.   Please contact Mary Sasso via email Mary.Sasso@fredonia.edu or text/call 1-716-673-5438.   No matter when you come in, we will come get you, so don’t worry.

AIRPORT MEETING POINT

Proceed to the Baggage Claim Area immediately after you arrive and go to the Information Desk. If your flight arrives early, please get your luggage and patiently wait inside for the Fredonia representative to find you. Our drivers try to arrive 10 minutes before the students, but sometimes road construction causes delays.   Fredonia representatives will have a sign with your name on it.

BUS TERMINAL MEETING POINT

The Buffalo Metro Terminal is a one room building. Please wait inside.

WHAT TO PACK

  • Clothes: The weather in Fredonia varies greatly throughout the year. In August, you will need cool, light clothing, as temperatures and humidity levels will generally be high. September through mid-November is generally pleasant with plenty of sun and moderate temperatures. Heavy snowfall is unlikely, but not unheard of, before late November. By late December, cold temperatures and high snowfall totals will probably make winter coats, hats, and gloves a daily necessity.  From December to early April cold temperatures and frequent snowfall are to be expected. May is somewhat rainy, but pleasant with milder temperatures.  Take a picture of your success!
  • Credit card or traveler's checks, a small amount of US currency
  • Textbooks in your native language
  • Prescription medication & written prescription
  • Camera
  • Movies, video games, music to play on your lap top
  • Electronics: computer, I-Pod, calculator, dictionary.   The U.S. uses 120V, 60 Hz electrical outlet systems with flat blade plugs & flat blade with round grounding pin plugs. Be sure that your electronics meets these standards or that you have a converter/adapter. 

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