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Students on campus during the global student orientation

Undergraduate Orientation

Join us at the Fall 2018 New Global Student Orientation! This required orientation is especially designed for new Global Students, which includes international students, MKs and TCKs. View the schedule.

This orientation is free, but you must register for it by August 10, 2018.

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Global Student Orientation Schedule

Note for Torrey students: The Torrey orientation schedule may conflict with the Global Student Orientation schedule. However, you are welcome to join us at any time!

Monday, August 27

Time
Event Location Applicable Audiences
6 a.m.–4 p.m. Airport Pick-up
If you need to be picked up from the airport, please schedule your flight to arrive within that time frame.
LAX All global students, parents
9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Check in

Come to the Mosaic Cultural Center during these hours to check in with Global Student Programs and Development (GSPD). There you will be greeted by our Global Student leaders and provided with a Global Student Ambassador who will help you with the following:

  • Going to the Housing office to get your dorm key
  • Getting your Biola ID card
  • Helping you find your dorm
  • Answering your questions about the schedule for Global Student Orientation and Biola.
Mosaic Cultural Center All global students, parents
3–4:30 p.m. Parents Info Meeting
Parents, this is a time for you to get all the information that you want, and to ask all the questions that you have with regards to your child's time at Biola.
Parents
5–7:30 p.m. Welcome Dinner
Join us for a special dinner to welcome you to our campus. At this dinner you will meet important staff members as well as mingle with other new global students. (Please note — you must pre-register for this event!)
Andrew's Banquet Room All global students, parents
7:30–9 p.m.
Transportation Experience
Biola has a free shuttle that will take you to movies, shopping, and restaurants off-campus. Join us to experience this route, for your future reference. Also, if you need to buy supplies for your dorm room, we will be stopping at a great store called TARGET. Bring your money and your shopping list!
Off-campus All global students

Tuesday, August 28

Time Event Location Applicable Audiences
8–9 a.m. Check in and Breakfast
Join us for a hot breakfast in the Café Banquet Room. This will be our “home base” for the rest of the week.
Café Banquet Room All global students, parents
9–10 a.m. Session 1: Welcome by GSPD Staff
Our Global Student staff will lead us in this welcome time.
Café Banquet Room All global students, parents
10–10:45a.m. Session 2: Biola - A New Culture to Explore
We will be talking to you about the campus culture, and what you need to know to maneuver it.
Café Banquet Room All global students, parents
10:45–11:30 a.m.

Split Session 3: F-1 Visa and US Globals

  • F-1 Visa students: This is an extremely important Immigration Seminar for students holding a F-1 Visa. In this session, you will learn everything you need to with regards to traveling on this visa, working while on this visa, and the “Do”s and “Don’t”s.
  • U.S. Passport holders: This session is for US Global students that will get you prepared for the transitions that you will need to go through, and will give you helpful tools as to how you should navigate it.
All global students, including Torrey global students, parents
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Lunch
Enjoy lunch in the Dining Hall with your new global friends!
Café Dining Hall All global students, parents
1–2:30 p.m. Session 4: Safety & Emergencies

Learn about how to stay safe and make wise choices. We will go over some procedures that may be different from the ones that you grew up with.

Café Banquet Room All global students, parents
2:30–6 p.m. Choose Your Adventure

During this time we encourage you to make any appointments you need to, such as:

  • Admissions
  • Financial Aid
  • Your academic department
  • Health Center
  • Banking

Or go on a campus tour...or just take a nap….. or play some soccer….or read a book….It’s FREE time!

All global students
6–7 p.m. Dinner
Join us at Sycamore Lawn for dinner together before we have a lot of fun at….
Sycamore Lawn All global students, parents
7–9 p.m. Game Night
This is soooo much fun! You won’t want to miss it!
Café Banquet Room All global students

Wednesday, August 29

Time
Event Location Applicable Audiences
8–9 a.m. Check in and Breakfast
Join us for a hot breakfast in the Café Banquet Room.
Café Banquet Room All global students, parents
9–10 a.m. Session 5: Cultural Transitions
During this super important session, we will learn more about ways to navigate cultural transitions.
Café Banquet Room All global students, parents
10–11:30 a.m. Session 6: Campus Challenge
Put your knowledge of the campus to the test in this fun challenge. Be safe and have fun! Meet back in the CBR at 11:30am, no matter how far you got in the challenge.
Various areas on campus All global students
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Lunch with SOS Leaders
We will be having a fun lunch with your SOS leaders. This will be a great time for you to get to know your leader, and to ask them all sorts of questions!
Sycamore Lawn All global students
1–2:30 p.m. Session 7: Final Session
Join us for our final session as we wrap up all the things you have learned and launch you out into SOS orientation.
Café Banquet Room All global students
2:30–6 p.m. Choose Your Own Adventure

During this time we encourage you to make any appointments you need to, such as:

  • Admissions
  • Financial Aid
  • Your academic department
  • Health Center

Or just take a nap….. or play some soccer….or read a book….It’s FREE time!

All global students
6–7:30 p.m. Dinner & Worship Night
Join us in Andrew's Banquet Room for our final dinner together. We will also have a time of worship to center our hearts to be open to God’s plan for you during your time at Biola.
Andrew's Banquet Room All global students, parents
7:30–9 p.m. Movie Night
This is soooo much fun! You won't want to miss it!
Café Banquet Room All global students

Biola's New Student Orientation

After the New Global Student Orientation, you will join all undergraduate students in Biola's New Student Orientation to learn about how to get involved with the various programs, events and opportunities in the Biola community. View the schedule.