International Student Orientation – Week Zero

International Student Orientation is required for all incoming international students entering the United States on a visa. U.S. students who live overseas (“Third Culture Kids”) may optionally participate. International Student Orientation, or “Week Zero”, is held prior to “Week One”, the college’s campus-wide orientation program for ALL new St. Olaf students. All incoming students are encouraged to view the Incoming International Student website for tips and advice from current international students before arrival.

When is International student orientation?

International Student Orientation “Week Zero”, is Tuesday through Friday, August 27 – 30, 2019.

What day do I have to arrive? Can I arrive before this day?

St. Olaf will provide transportation from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) on Tuesday, August 27, 2019.

While international students on can arrive in the U.S. up to 30 days prior to the program start date on their Form I-20/DS-2019, transportation and on-campus housing will only be available from Tuesday, August 27. These services are not available prior to this date.

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 an International Student Counselor (holding a St. Olaf welcome sign). If you are unable to locate the International Student Counselor please call the emergency phone number (provided closer to Arrival Day).

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.

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.

  • St. Olaf Center for Multicultural and International Engagement:  +1-507-786-3060
  • Megan Carmes, Assistant Director for International Student Engagement: +1-507-786-3073
  • Dean of Students’ Office:  +1-507-786-3615
  • Public Safety :  +1-507-786-3666

How do I send baggage?

Any items you send to yourself will be held for you at the St. Olaf Post Office until August 27. Students are encouraged to send bedding ahead of time so it is available when you arrive. More information on things to bring or send in advance can be found on this page: What to Bring.

If you want to send items to yourself, please use the following mailing address:

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. Some students, such as language house exchange students, might stay in Larson Hall until their Language 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. Roommates are matched based on the answers given when you sign up for housing online.  Be sure to be very honest when you fill out the form to ensure the best match possible.

What happens after International Student Orientation?

Information for 2019 First Year Student Orientation “Week One” will be available soon.


Last update: 12/03/2018