Students on campus during the global student orientation

Graduate Orientation

Join us at the Fall 2018 New Global Student Orientation on August 31, 2017! This orientation is free, but you must register for it by August 10, 2018.

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Next Steps

  1. View the Global Graduate Student Orientation Schedule
  2. Sign up for Department Orientation
  3. Sign up for a Campus Tour

Global Student Orientation Schedule

Friday, August 31, 2017

Location Applicable Audiences
9–9:15 a.m.

Orientation Check In

Come to Talbot East 108 to check in with Global Student Programs and Development (GSPD). You will be greeted by GSPD Staff and with some refreshments. Upon checking in, you will receive:

  • Name Tag
  • Welcome Gift
  • GSPD Information Brochure
Talbot East 108 All global students, parents
9:15–9:30 a.m. Welcome
You will be introduced the GSPD Team and Biola Staff members.
Talbot East 108 All global students
9:30–10 a.m. GSPD Director Welcome & Cultural Transition
Our Director, Stephanie Calley, will lead us in this time of welcome and session on cultural transitions.
Talbot East 108 All global students
10–10:45 a.m. Immigration & Visa Information
Our Immigration Specialist, Ranjini will be leading this informational session about all the things you would need to know as an F-1 Visa student.
Talbot East 108
11–11:30 a.m. Social and International Student Information
  • Campus International Community
  • Current international graduate sharing campus life
Talbot East 108
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Lunch

Enjoy a time of food and fellowship. At this lunch, you will meet important staff members as well as mingle with other new global students.

Café Dining Hall
12:30–1 p.m. Get to know each other & Prayer

We will have a short time of getting to know one another and share prayer requests.

Department Orientation

Attend the orientation for your program to learn about academic advising, beginning classes, orientation activities and more. View graduate student orientation information to find out times and dates for each school's orientation activities.

Campus Tour

Schedule a visit! At Biola, we recommend you tour the campus, visit GSPD Office and meet with GSPD Staff. The campus visit is meant to be customized to meet your needs. Please register for a campus tour during orientation.

GSPD provides two special campus tours:

Category 1: Morning Campus Tour Lunch Special (11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.)

11–11:10 a.m.

Campus Tour Check in & Meeting GSPD Team
Come to the Global Student Office in Mosaic Cultural to meet GSPD Staff
11:10–11:30 a.m. Campus Life Information
  • Library, Health Insurance, Gym, Student I.D.

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Campus Tour

12:30–1:30 p.m.

Lunch at Biola Cafeteria

Category 2: Afternoon Campus Tour Coffee Special (2–4:30 p.m.)

2–2:10 p.m. Campus Tour Check in & Meeting GSPD Team
Come to the Global Student Office in Mosaic Cultural to meet GSPD Staff

2:10–2:30 p.m.

Campus Life Information
  • Library, Health Insurance, Gym, Student I.D
2:30–3:30 p.m. Campus Tour
3:30–4:30 p.m. Coffee Break at the Heritage Café

Students on campus during the global student orientation

Meet your Global Graduate Coordinator

We would like to introduce you to your Global Graduate Coordinator, EK Park. He will be a great resource for you as you are transitioning into Biola.

EK earned his Bachelor of Arts in Theology from Kosin University in Busan, South Korea, M.Div. from Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, and is currently working towards his Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies at Cook School of Intercultural Studies. EK has served as a minister in Korea and China, encouraging others with the good news of Jesus Christ. He speaks Korean, Chinese, and English fluently, and is always looking for new ways to bridge the gap across cultures in order to share the love of Jesus Christ. As a global graduate student coordinator, he helps global graduate students with transitional services and community building.

If you have any questions at any point, please do not hesitate to contact us at