Orientation

 
Mills Lawn with Flags

A Global Community

International Student Orientation will launch your Welcome Week, the kick off to your Rollins College experience. Orientation will help you get familiar with campus, connect you to other new students, and introduce you to our mission of global citizenship and responsible leadership.

Welcome Week: Orientation

We are excited to welcome you to the Rollins College community with over 300 international students representing over 60 countries. The Office of International Student & Scholar Services is committed to the thriving of our international students in their successful adjustment to life at Rollins and Welcome Week is where it all begins. You will explore campus, meet new students, and familiarize yourself with the wide variety of academic resources and student activities on campus. Taking advantage of all Rollins has to offer starts in these first few days and we encourage you to get off to a good start by fully participating in Welcome Week activities.

Fall 2019
College of Liberal Arts
Welcome Week - August 18-25, 2019
          International Student Orientation -August 18-21, 2019
          New Student Orientation - August 21-25, 2019
          College of Liberal Arts Family Orientation Schedule August 18-22, 2019 
Hamilton Holt School
          International Student Orientation August 18-21, 2019
          Hamilton Holt Family Orientation Schedule August 18-19, 2019 
          Undergraduate New Student Orientation TBD
          Graduate New Student Orientation August 24, 2019
Locations: TBD                     
          
Spring 2020
College of Liberal Arts
          International Student Orientation - January 9-10, 2020
    
Hamilton Holt School
          International Student Orientation January 9-10, 2020     
Locations: TBD  

Pre Arrival

We've included some FAQ's and helpful guidelines here to make sure your transition to Rollins is smooth sailing!

1. Do I need to attend International Student Orientation if I have already gone to school in the U.S. before?
Yes, orientation is required for all students to attend in order to help better assimilate to life at Rollins. 

2. I am a Holt student, do I need to attend an International Student Orientation?
Yes, attendance is required for all international students.

3. I am a US Citizen, but have lived a majority of my life outside of the U.S. do I need to attend International Student Orientation?
It is not required but highly recommended that you attend International Student Orientation. This will be a great opportunity for you to meet other students who have lived outside of the U.S. If you do attend you will be required to participate in all sessions.

4. Are all of the sessions on the schedule mandatory?
Yes, every session is mandatory except for the social activities, though we highly recommend that you attend those if you are able to.

5. I’m an international student and an athlete and I’m concerned that my team’s practices may conflict with orientation.
We have worked with your coaches to come up with a schedule that works for everyone. Please reach out to us and we will provide you with this schedule.

6. I am arriving early: where do I stay?
Check out our list of nearby hotels to find accommodations.

7. Am I required to have health insurance?
Yes, this is required for all international students. Health Insurance page for more information.

8. Am I ready to go? What do I need to complete before I get to Rollins?
The FoxLink checklist is a great place to start. Complete your Course Preference Form and Housing Application on FoxLink. You'll receive your tentative course schedule created by our faculty in late June and your housing assignment from Residential Life & Explorations in mid-July.

9. What should I bring to Rollins?
Check out Residential Life & Explorations' great list of suggested items! Don't forget that Winter Park and the greater Orlando area has plenty of shopping options nearby, so don't worry if you forget something.

10. I have billing questions and want to pay for my tuition. Who should I contact?
At Rollins, the Student Account Services manages your student account and billing information. You can reach them at 407-646-2252.

11. What else should I be doing to prepare for college life?

  • Read, read, read! Keep your mind active over the summer. You may want to start with the Common Read for the semester.
  • Get immunized and send the Wellness Center your medical records.
  • Talk to your parents or guardians about expectations surround FERPA, your academic record, and living independently. 
  • if you're living on campus, get in contact with your roommate to talk about what to bring. 

Move-In

planning your arrival to rollins college

Be sure to have in your carry-on luggage:

  • Passport with an appropriate Visa (F-1 or J-1), if applicable
  • Form I-20 or Form DS-2019.
  • Passport to Rollins: A Go-To Guide for International Students
  • U.S. cash

Flight delays:
If you have an airport pickup, be sure to have the contact information of the transportation company, so that you can inform them of the change in schedule.  If you miss a flight connection, please work with the airline to reschedule your flight and local hotel arrangements.

First port of entry in the U.S.:
Present your immigration documents and confirm that your passport is stamped & marked as “F-1” or “J-1” status and expiration of “D/S.”

Transportation to Campus:  
The Rollins address is 1000 Holt Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789If you are a student in the College of Liberal Arts living on campus AND are arriving on Sunday, August 18, 2019, between 9 am – 4 pm, please go directly to the Rice Family Pavilion to check in to your residence hall.  If you are arriving earlier or later, please go to Campus Safety & Security to receive your residence hall key.   .                                 

IPAs:
There will be a group of International Peer Advisors (IPA’s) to meet you on move-in day for all College of Liberal Arts students. Expect to meet them at the Rice Family Pavilion if you check in during Sunday, August 18, 2019. If you do not live on campus meet us at the Rice Family Pavilion for the Welcome Reception Sunday, August 18, 2019.

Immigration

applying for a visa for rollins college usa

After being accepted to Rollins College and submitting statements of financial support, students will receive a Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 to apply for a student visa. In order to properly prepare for your visa interview, please follow these steps:

Check your I-20 or DS 2019
Be sure all the information on your form is correct. Read the instructions on the form and sign it. You are allowed to enter up to 30 days prior to your program start date. If you discover an error on the form, contact the Office of International Student & Scholar Services to discuss the situation.

Pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee
After receiving your I-20 or DS-2019, pay the SEVIS fee. The Student and Exchange Visitor Program webpage will provide you with instructions on how to do so. Once paid, print two copies of the payment confirmation- one for the visa appointment and one for your own records.

Schedule a visa interview
It is best to apply for your student visa in your home country. Be sure to take your I-20 or DS-2019, passport, Rollins College acceptance letter and financial documentation to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Canadian students are not required to obtain a visa. Bermudian students only need a student visa if their stay in the U.S. will be longer than 180 days. The amount of time needed to obtain a visa varies by consular post. 

Attend your interview
If you are denied a visa, you have probably not sufficiently proven to the consular officer that you are entitled to student or scholar status. We strongly suggest that you contact the Office of International Student & Scholar Services if you are denied a visa so that we can assist you in your second application.

Keep in mind the following:

  • Do NOT enter the U.S. on a visitor visa or under the Visa Waiver Program.
  • Only use the I-20 or DS-2019 issued by Rollins College!
  • The I-20 or DS-2019 is very important - DO NOT lose it!

Orientation Schedule

SUNDAY, August 18, 2019

9:00 am – 4:00 pm       
International Student Orientation Check-In On-Campus Students
Alfond Sports Center Lobby
Students living on campus will check-in here with the offices of Residential Life & Explorations and International Student & Scholar Services. From here, students will be directed to their residence hall.
*Students should bring their passports to check-in.
 
3:00 pm
International Student Orientation Check-in Off-Campus Students
Alfond Sports Center Lobby
Students will check-in here with Office of International Student & Scholar Services.
*Students should bring their passports to check-in.
 
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm      
International Student Orientation begins
Alfond Sports Center – McKean Gym, 2nd Floor
Students will meet their International Peer Advisors (IPA) and orientation groups.
 
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm      
Welcome Reception for students & families
Alfond Sports Center – McKean Gym, 2nd Floor
Light Refreshments will be served.
                                                                                     
7:00 pm –9:00 pm       
Optional Shopping Trip
*Students must sign up during Orientation Check-In and board bus by 7pm.  Space is limited.
Walmart SuperCenter
1239 State Road 436 #101, Casselberry, FL 32707
Bus boarding location is in front of the Alfond Sports Center.
 
MONDAY, August 19, 2019

7:30 am – 8:30 am      
Breakfast with orientation groups and IPA
Rice Family Pavilion
*Students living off campus should see their IPA for a meal ticket.
                            
8:30 am – 8:45 am      
Get to Know Your Peers
Bush Science Center—Auditorium
 
8:45 am – 9:30 am      
Getting Started at Rollins and in the U.S.
Bush Science Center—Auditorium
Students will be provided information about eligibility for a social security number, Florida driver’s licenses, bank accounts, and resources available on the OISSS website.
                                          
9:30 am – 10:15 am    
Academic Success                     
Bush Science Center—Auditorium
The Office of Student & Family Care will explain common academic terms, tips for planning your academic career, and the process for registering for future semesters.
 
10:15 am – 11:00 am 
Classroom Culture                    
Bush Science Center—Auditorium
The Office of the Dean of the Faculty will introduce students to the academic environment and classroom expectations at Rollins.  Students will get a better understand ing of U.S. classroom culture.       
 
11:00 am – 11:30 pm 
A Conversation on Global Citizenship and Diversity at Rollins College
Bush Science Center—Auditorium
President Cornwell and Vice President Accapadi will facilitate a conversation with our International Peer Advisors.
 
11:30 am – 12:15 pm
Diversity in the U.S.
Bush Science Center—Auditorium
In partnership with the Center for Inclusion & Campus Involvement, OISSS will introduce students to concepts of social justice in the U.S. and resources on campus for exploring identity and social justice advocacy.
 
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm   
Lunch with orientation groups and IPA
Rice Family Pavilion                                 
* Students living off campus should see their IPA for a meal ticket.
                                          
1:15 pm – 3:45 pm      
Tars Tasks
Students will join their orientation groups with their International Peer Adviser to visit various offices and have the option to open bank and cellphone accounts.

  • Campus Tour – OISSS office 203 E. Lyman Ave.
  • Computer Lab Bush Science Center – Computer Labs
How to use Canvas, Foxlink, DegreeWorks, printing, Tutoring & Writing Center, RCard, health insurance card
  • Student Accounts Office of Bursar, Carnegie Hall, 2nd floor
  • Banking Options Bush Science Center – Atrium
 Students may open bank accounts.
  • Cell Phone ProvidersBush Science Center – Atrium

 Students may set up cell phone accounts and purchase phones.
 
3:45 pm – 5:00 pm      
Preparing Global Classroom Project
Bush Science Center—Auditorium
Through a group project, students will explore what it means to be a global ambassador and what they want others to know about their country and culture.  Each group will prepare a presentation to give on Wednesday to various host departments.
 
5:15 pm – 8:00 pm     
Bowling & Dinner
Aloma Bowl—2530 Aloma Ave, Winter Park, FL  32792
Bus boarding location is in front of the Alfond Sports Center.
*Students should bring socks for bowling.
 
TUESDAY, August 20, 2019         

7:30 am – 8:30 am      
Breakfast with orientation groups and IPA
Rice Family Pavilion
*Students living off campus should see their IPA for a meal ticket.
 
8:45 am – 9:00 am
Get to Know Your Peers
Group 1 SunTrust Auditorium
Group 2 Bush Science Center—Auditorium
 
9:00 am – 9:45 am      
Legal Responsibilities
Group 1 SunTrust Auditorium
Group 2 Bush Science Center—Auditorium
For students on an F-1 or J-1 non-immigrant visa, this session will review immigration  documents and responsibilities to maintain legal compliance in the U.S. and key tax obligations.
 
Group 1
9:45 am – 10:15 am    
Safety and Community Standards & Responsibilities
SunTrust Auditorium
Campus Safety will share useful safety tips, information on U.S. laws and penalties regarding use of alcohol and drugs, and an introduction to the Clery Act, civil rights and legal responsibilities. Students will review case studies regarding the Code of Community Standards and learn the function of the Office of Community Standards & Responsibilities.
 
10:15 am – 10:45 am 
Employment in the  U.S.
SunTrust Auditorium  
International Student & Scholar Services will review employment authorization eligibility.  The Center for Career & Life Planning will discuss how to find opportunities for on campus employment and off campus internships, as well as the services available in their center.
 
Group 2
9:45 am – 10:15 am    
Employment in the  U.S.
Bush Science Center—Auditorium      
International Student & Scholar Services will review employment authorization eligibility.  The Center for Career & Life Planning will discuss how to find opportunities for on campus employment and off campus internships, as well as the services available in their center.
 
10:15 am – 10:45 am 
Safety and Community Standards & Responsibilities
Bush Science Center—Auditorium
Campus Safety will share useful safety tips, information on U.S. laws and penalties regarding use of alcohol and drugs, and an introduction to the Clery Act, civil rights and legal responsibilities. Students will review case studies regarding the Code of Community Standards and learn the function of the Office of Community Standards & Responsibilities.
 
10:50 am – 11:50 am 
Healthy Living
Group 1 & Group 2                   
Bush Science Center—Auditorium
Students will learn how to use the Rollins health insurance policy to receive health care at the Rollins Wellness Center or other medical facilities as well as receive advice on keeping healthy while adjusting to a new environment, climate, and culture.
 
12:00 pm – 1:45 pm   
Lunch and Cooking Contest
Rice Family Pavilion
Orientation groups will compete in a cooking contest.  Lunch will be available following the competition.
 
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm      
Fraternity and Sorority Life at Rollins College
Bush Science Center—Auditorium
Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic representatives will introduce students to Greek life at Rollins.
 
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm      
Student Panel on Life at Rollins and Beyond
Bush Science Center—Auditorium
Students will offer their advice on academic success, getting involved in activities and organizations on campus, and exploring Winter Park and greater Orlando.
 
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm      
Cultural Adjustment                        
Bush Science Center—Auditorium
Student will learn the normal course of adjustment to a new culture and understand what to expect in their transition to life in the U.S., as well as learn about the services available to them at OISSS and the Wellness Center.
 
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm     
Global Classroom Projects Preparation
Bush Science Center—various classrooms
 
6:00 pm                          
Where in the World…?
Mills Lawn – Flag Pole
Orientation groups will do a scavenger hunt around campus.  Groups to find all locations will be entered in to a raffle to win a prize.  Groups will then have dinner together at a restaurant on Park Avenue.
*Students should be $10-20 for dinner.
 
WEDNESDAY, August 21, 2019

7:30 am – 8:30 am      
Breakfast with orientation groups and IPA
Rice Family Pavilion
* Students living off campus should see their IPA for a meal ticket.
                                          
9:00 am – 11:00 am
Global Classroom Project Presentations
Locations to be announced     
 
11:15 am – 11:45 am 
Closing Ceremony                                   
Bush Science Center—Auditorium
                                          
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm   
Pool Party with lunch
Sutton Apartments Pool