Information about specific dates for orientation will be included in your acceptance packet.
All admitted students will receive detailed instructions about orientation dates, location and registration for placement tests. If you do not receive this information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Please note that the general New Student Orientation offered by Foothill College a week before classes start is not a substitute to the mandatory orientation organized by the International Programs Office. All new F-1 international students must attend the special orientation (see the schedule above).
Placement tests, followed by private counseling appointments will determine the courses that you may take in your first quarter. Foothill Student ID numbers will be distributed during orientation that will allow you to register for classes.
Our mission is to ensure your success as an international student at Foothill College and in the United States. The orientation program provides a comprehensive introduction to the most important information topics and tools for your student success. Representatives of many key offices and centers on campus make special time to meet with new international students, such as Admissions & Records, Counseling Center, Health Services Office, Psychological Services, Honors Institute, Student Activities & Student Government, Library, and Transfer Center.
Finally, orientation is designed to give you an opportunity to become accustomed to American life and culture and build long-lasting friendships.
The orientation program covers important topics:
During orientation, students will also:
- Immigration regulations and maintaining F-1 visa status
- How to register for classes
- Student activities and campus life
- Banking and finances
- How to use the library
- Student government and clubs
- Health insurance
- Campus health services and counseling
- Study skills and time management
- Take placement tests in English and Math
- Receive an individual appointment with an academic counselor, which allows to register for classes
- Participate in interactive cultural activities and fun games. Some complimentary lunches are provided.
- Sign up for the new student field trip
All F-1 students who have never attended a college or university in the United States are required to attend orientation before being able to register for classes. Placement tests followed by private counseling appointments will determine the courses that you may take in your first quarter. Foothill Student ID numbers will be distributed during orientation, which will allow you to register for classes.
Students transferring from a U.S. college/university, or F-1 students who arrive late may follow suggested registration steps. Download How to Register for Foothill Classes.
For more information about orientation
Contact Sherri Mines, our International Admissions Coordinator at email@example.com or at 1-650-949-7293.
See common questions about orientation in the Admissions FAQs section.