Whitman College hosts a two-day International Student Orientation for incoming international students directly prior to the start of general New Student Orientation. International Student Orientation provides new F-1 and J-1 students an opportunity to learn more about Whitman, Walla Walla and the United States, and focuses on topics that are relevant to international students. Participation in International Student Orientation is required for all F-1 and J-1 visa students.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION REGISTRATION FORM COMING SOON!

International Student Orientation Handbook

Immersions Participants

There are two sessions of International Student Orientation.  One for students participating in an Immersions pre-orientation program, and one for students who chose not to participate in that program.  Please review the schedules below to learn what topics will be covered each day.

Incoming international students who will be participating in an Immersion (Scramble, SCORE, Exploration) can begin arriving at 9 a.m. New international students can check in at the registration table in Reid Campus Center, 280 Boyer Ave. The international orientation team will help new students get settled in temporary housing for the duration of orientation. Optional campus tours will be offered.

Lunch for new international students with orientation leaders

Dinner for new international students with orientation leaders

*Students arriving at the Walla Walla Regional Airport will be picked up throughout the day at their scheduled arrival times.

  • Breakfast with orientation leaders
  • Health Center enrollment requirements
  • Getting to know Walla Walla Scavenger Hunt
  • Lunch with orientation leaders
  • Setting up online student financial accounts
  • Dinner with returning international students

  • Breakfast
  • F-1 Visa Information
  • Health insurance information
  • Lunch with student affairs staff
  • Cultural Adjustment & Campus Culture with orientation leaders
  • Dinner with orientation leaders and Immersions leaders

  • Breakfast
  • Students move belongings into regularly assigned rooms and depart for Immersions
  • Lunch
  • Community activity
  • Dinner

  • Depart to Immersions groups 
  • Remaining students will participate in activities with orientation staff
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch with orientation leaders
  • Students move belongings into regularly assigned rooms
  • Depart to Immersions groups 
  • Community activity

Students Who are NOT Participating in an Immersion

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - New international students can check in at the registration table in Reid Campus Center, 280 Boyer Ave. The international orientation team will help new students get settled in temporary housing for the duration of orientation. Optional campus tours will be offered.

*Students arriving at the Walla Walla Regional Airport will be picked up throughout the day at their scheduled arrival times.

  • Breakfast with orientation leaders
  • Health Center enrollment requirements
  • Getting to know Walla Walla Scavenger Hunt
  • Lunch with orientation leaders
  • Setting up online student financial accounts
  • Dinner with returning international students

  • F-1 Visa Information
  • Health insurance information
  • Lunch with student affairs staff
  • Cultural Adjustment & Campus Culture with orientation leaders
  • Dinner with orientation leaders
  • Move into regularly assigned residence halls

  • 2:30 p.m. - New Student Orientation begins with new international & U.S. students

Other Important Information

To plan what you will pack and bring with you to Whitman, please read the advice on what to pack from the Residence Life Office.

We understand that due to travel concerns, many international students will pack lightly. You will have the opportunity to do some shopping at local stores during International Student Orientation to purchase items that you will need for your room and to prepare for classes. Additional shopping trips will be offered during New Student Orientation.

After you check in, orientation staff will guide you to your temporarily assigned room in on-campus housing for the duration of International Student Orientation. You will be provided with linens (bed sheets, pillow, blanket, towel) to use while you are staying in your temporary housing during International Student Orientation. When International Student Orientation concludes, you will move into your regularly assigned room.

The Walla Walla Valley enjoys beautiful landscapes and all four seasons, including cold weather during fall and winter. We encourage you to prepare appropriately for hot and cold weather when considering what you will bring with you to Whitman.

If you will be arriving in Walla Walla via the Walla Walla Regional Airport (ALW), orientation staff will meet you at the airport and drive you to campus. Please note that unfortunately, due to vehicle restrictions, we cannot guarantee space for accompanying family members. We will do our best to help accompanying parents and other family arrange transportation from the airport to campus, but we encourage family members traveling to Walla Walla as well to arrange transportation for themselves in advance. 

If you will be arriving in Walla Walla by car, you can come to Reid Campus Center 280 Boyer from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and check in for International Student Orientation. After you have checked in, orientation staff will guide you to your temporarily assigned room where you will stay for the duration of International Student Orientation. At the end of International Student Orientation, you will move into your regularly assigned room.