Global Brown Center

International Undergraduate Orientation

International Orientation (IO) is a pre-orientation program for undergraduate international students to begin learning about Brown’s campus, academic and co-curricular offerings, as well as building relationships with other international students prior to New Student Orientation.

Participating in International Orientation (IO) will allow international students to explore topics that are relevant to their experience, such as life in the United States, setting up a U.S. bank account or cell phone, immigration and employment resources, and navigating academics as an international student. More importantly, IO provides the opportunity for international students to begin building community and social support networks early in their college experience.

IO is required for F-1 and J-1 visa holders. However, we recognize the diverse nature of the term "international." Students who have lived or studied abroad, as well as students with a multicultural background, having grown up in one or more countries other than their passport country are also eligible to apply!


International Orientation is facilitated by the International Mentoring Program, a cohort of current Brown students supervised by the Global Brown Center for International Students that offers peer mentorship support to incoming international students at Brown.

Who Can Participate

Here in the Global Brown Center, we understand that “international” means many things. An international student can be an F-1/J-1 visa holder, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who grew up or went to school outside of the United States, or a student who grew up in one or more countries outside their passport country. International Orientation is meant to support Brown students who have any of these experiences. If this sounds like a program that would be useful for you, you are welcome to register! Students who are on F-1/J-1 visas are required to attend IO.


2024 International Orientation will take place Saturday, August 24th to Tuesday, August 27th, 2024. Move in for international orientation participants is scheduled for Friday, August 23th, 2024

Parents and Families

Parents and families are more than welcome to join for several events during International Orientation. More details about 2024 IO will be released in early March. Please check back soon! 

View all past events for parents and families

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Registration will be open soon. Please check your Brown email for details. 


The 2024 International Orientation schedule will be released in July. 

International Orientation Schedule for 2023