International Student Orientation
Frequently Asked Questions:
When is International Student Orientation?
Dates for International Student Orientation are still being finalized.
While international students 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 starting on a specific date. We encourage students to not book flights until a firm date has been communicated.
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).
We do not have a recommended airline, but note that Delta Airlines does have daily flights to Minneapolis from Amsterdam, London, Toronto, and Tokyo.
Keep these telephone numbers handy. They may be useful to you in the event of airline changes or other emergencies.
- St. Olaf Taylor Center for Equity and Inclusion: +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
Any items you send to yourself will be held for you at the St. Olaf Post Office. 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 online.
If you want to send items to yourself, please use the following mailing address:
St. Olaf College
1500 St. Olaf Avenue
Northfield, MN 55057
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.
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.
Information for 2021 New Student Orientation can be found online.