International Student Orientation

International Student Orientation is required for all incoming international students entering the United States on a visa. It is held prior to Week One, the college’s campus wide orientation program for all new St. Olaf students. The updated International Student Orientation schedule for the 2018 incoming class will be available August 1st, 2014. American citizens and dual citizens who currently live outside of the United States are invited to attend International Student Orientation.

When is International student orientation? 
Orientation is held August 26 – August 29, 2014 for all degree-seeking students, international exchange students, and Third Culture Kids. Students will be introduced to St. Olaf College, immigration and visa regulations, U.S and St. Olaf campus culture, academic success, and campus resources.

What day do I have to arrive? Can I arrive before August 26, 2014?
All new international students should arrive in Northfield on Tuesday, August 26, 2014.  Students arriving by air should book flights into the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) on Tuesday, August 26. Shuttles to the St. Olaf campus will be running every 2.5 hours through the day on the 26th. Shuttle times will be announced when the date gets closer. A St. Olaf representative will be at the airport to greet you and help you find the shuttle. Please select your shuttle pick-up time on your Pre-Arrival form. We regret that housing is not available at the college before August 26 (except for students involved in pre-season athletics).

Where will I meet the St. Olaf representative?
When you arrive at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) proceed to the Starbucks near the baggage claim located in Lindberg Terminal (Terminal 1).  Please wait for your International Student Counselor (wearing a St. Olaf T-shirt or holding a St. Olaf welcome sign). If you are unable to locate the International Student Counselor please call the emergency phone number provided to you.

 What airline is recommended?
We do not have a recommended airline, but note that Delta Airlines does have daily flights to Minneapolis from Amsterdam, London, Toronto,  and Tokyo.

If I arrive by car, when and where should I go?
Plan to arrive on campus between 9:00 am – 5:00 pm on August 26 and check-in at Buntrock Commons Crossroads. The International Student Coordinator and the International Student Counselors will be there to welcome you and bring you to your residence hall.

Whom do I contact in case of an emergency?
Keep these telephone numbers handy.  They may be useful to you in the event of airline changes or other emergencies.

  • International Student Coordinator:  1-507-786-3995
  • Emergency Cell Phone Number  – Will be answered beginning August 26 at 8:00 am through August 29, 2014
    1-507- 403-9142
  • Sindy Fleming, Director of Multicultural Affairs & International Student Life:  1-507-786-3060
  • Dean of Students’ Office:  1-507-786-3615
  • St. Olaf College Switchboard: 1-507-786-2222
  • Buntrock Commons Office:  1-507-786-3017 (For August 27 only)

How do I send baggage?

You are encouraged to bring all your baggage with you. Sending baggage separately is usually costly and may involve customs clearance. If you choose to mail small packages, address the packages as follows:

Your Name
St. Olaf College
1500 St. Olaf Avenue
Northfield, MN 55057

Where will I be staying when I arrive?

During orientation most international students will be housed in their assigned residence hall after checking in at Buntrock Commons on August 26, 2014. Some students, such as language house exchange students, may stay in Larson Hall until their Language Honor House becomes available.

Who will my roommate(s) be?

During the summer you will receive information about your residence hall and roommate(s) from the Residence Life Office.

What happens after the international student orientation?

Week One begins on Saturday, August 30.