orientation

Winter 2024 Virtual Pre-departure Orientation

Thursday, December 14, 2023
Virtual PDO - 2024 Winter

Description: The International Center is excited to virtually meet new international students who will begin their studies in Winter 2024!

This event is designed to help new international students gain valuable information about University of Michigan services, life in the USA/Ann Arbor, campus resources and valuable immigration information. Attendees may also submit questions in advance when they register. 

Sessions will be recorded and will be shared with attendees afterwards.

Adjusting to life in the U.S.

Friday, August 11, 2023

Description: Moving away from home as an international student is exciting but also challenging. In this workshop, we will discuss culture shock and how to adjust to cultural differences you may encounter while in the U.S.

This session is being offered as part of International Orientation; however, registration is open to continuing students, as well.

An Introduction to the English Language Institute (ELI) for Undergraduate Students

Monday, August 7, 2023

Description: Pamela Bogart from the U-M English Language Institute (ELI) invites you to a Zoom conversation to learn about ELI courses and other resources to support undergraduate students who speak English as an additional language. 

ELI offers credit-bearing academic English courses (free to full-time students) to support you through all stages of your academic career. ELI classes are small, interactive, and provide students with extensive one-on-one feedback. 

Technology Services and Resources on Campus

Thursday, August 10, 2023

Description: Information and Technology Services (ITS) is your campus IT provider. They cover all student tech needs, from registering for classes and course work in Canvas to email, WiFi, Wolverine Access, and videoconferencing. They also manage the campus Tech Shop!

Join this presentation by ITS staff members to learn about all of the technology services and resources available on campus!

An Introduction to the English Language Institute (ELI) for Graduate and Professional Students

Monday, August 7, 2023

Description: Anna Eddy from the U-M English Language Institute (ELI) invites you to a Zoom conversation to learn about ELI courses and other resources to support graduate students who speak English as an additional language. 

ELI offers credit-bearing academic English courses (free to full-time students) to support you through all stages of your academic career. ELI classes are small, interactive, and provide students with extensive one-on-one feedback. 

Networking & Small Talk in English by the English Language Institute (ELI)

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Description: Making small talk is one of the most challenging types of speaking to master in a second language. In this workshop, we will explore conversation topics, turn-taking strategies, active listening, and sources for sample conversations. We will consider different varieties of small talk in common graduate student contexts, such as getting to know classmates or seeming friendly and confident at a job interview or as a GSI. Come ready to practice with one another and to identify effective ways to practice on your own.

Writing Effective Emails by the English Language Institute (ELI)

Thursday, August 17, 2023

Description: Have you ever struggled to write important email messages? Have you ever wondered whether your email messages hit the right tone and reflect the professional persona you wish to project? Given the importance of email in academic and professional settings, the ability to write effective e-mail messages is an essential skill. In this workshop we will focus on strategies for writing clear, effective and professional email. We will discuss the aspects of email that make it likely to be read, to be easily understood, and to create a good impression. 

U.S. Tax Withholding Forms (for Students only)

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Description: This orientation workshop is designed for all U-M international students who will work for U-M, and for students who will receive fellowships that pay for living expenses (not just tuition.)

Before you start work, you will be asked to fill out a number of forms, including Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form W-4, State of Michigan Form W-4, the "Alien Certificate", and perhaps other forms if your country has a tax treaty with the United States.

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