International Student Orientation
Below you can find some of the items you will need to prepare before arriving in the US attending your orientation.
You may enter the U.S. no more than 30 days before the program start date, as listed on your I-20. If you will be delayed in your arrival, please notify your emergency contact and school DSO.
Make sure you have the following documents with you in your carry-on bag when you enter the U.S. Do not pack these documents in your checked luggage.
- Valid passport
- Valid F-1 or J-1 visa (except for Canadian citizens)
- Northwood letter of acceptance
- Proof of financial support for course of study
At the port of entry, the U.S. Customers and Border Officer will inspect your Form I-20 and give it back to you. The Border Officer will also inspect your passport and F-1 visa (if applicable), issue an admission stamp, write "F-1/DS" and return your passport to you.
Northwood University provides a shuttle service on specific dates from Midland/Bay City/Saginaw Airport.
Students should plan to arrive on Sunday, August 18 and Monday August 19, 2019. Mandatory orientation begins on Tuesday August 21, 2019.
If you cannot fit all of your personal belongings into your checked or carry-on luggage, it is possible to ship a box of your belongings to Northwood University in Michigan. Please work with the International Liaison on this matter. The mailing address is: Northwood University 4000 Whiting Dr. Midland, MI 48640 Attn: [Your Name]
All items shipped from outside the U.S. must be cleared through U.S. Customs at a U.S. Port of Entry.
Below is a link to the NU Bookstore if you would like to purchase items for your dorm room (towels, bedding or other essentials). Please note, from the time you place your order with the bookstore it may take 7-10 business days to arrive at the Bookstore on NU campus for you to pick up. Make sure to select that your order is shipped to NU Bookstore! They will hold it for you until you arrive. Keep in mind the time of day of your arrival will determine whether you can pick up your items the same day. If you arrive late, you will be able to get these items the next day during the bookstore hours. Click on the links below:
Use the Bookstore phone number for the U.S. phone number: +1 (989) 837-4225
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You have it. All Northwood University international students who are registered full-time (12 or more credits) will automatically be charged $1,295 for the student healthcare plan that runs August 1, 2018 through July 31, 2019. F-1 students are required to purchase Northwood's healthcare plan. Questions about NU’s insurance plan should be directed to CHP Student Health Customer Service at +1 (877) 657-5030.
Accepted students may find full details of Northwood University's Health Insurance Plan within My.Northwood, under "Michigan International Students" -> "Health Insurance"
Michigan is located in the northern part of the United States. We have four distinct seasons of the year and temperatures change a lot between Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring. Temperatures and weather can change suddenly during the day and from day-to-day.
Summer lasts from June - September and can be hot and humid. People often wear thinner cotton clothing, shorts and short sleeved shirts. Most classroom buildings are air conditioned so it can be chilly inside. Average temperatures during the day are around 27 degrees C (80 degrees F).
Fall lasts from September - December and ranges from hot to very cold. People dress in layers of clothing in case the temperature changes during the day. Average temperatures during the day range from 23 degrees C in September (73 degrees F) to 1 degree C in December (34 degrees F).
Winter lasts from December - March and ranges from very cold to mildly warm. There is snow on the ground January - March. People dress in warm sweaters, down feather coats, warm boots, hats, scarves and gloves. Buildings can be hot inside, so it's a good idea to dress in layers. Average temperatures during the day range from -1 degree C in January (30 degrees F) to 7 degrees C in March (44 degrees F).
Spring lasts from March - June and ranges from very cold to warm. It can snow in April. People dress in warm sweaters, wool or fleece coats, hats, scarves and gloves. Buildings can be hot inside, so it's a good idea to dress in layers. Average temperatures during the day range from 14 degrees C in April (58 degrees F) to 26 degrees C in June (78 degrees F).
As you prepare for your trip, keep in mind that rooms in the residence halls and apartments are generally small. In order not to crowd your room (and possibly your roommate) and to avoid excess baggage charges, bring only essentials with you. You will be able to buy many things that you need for your room, school supplies, additional clothing and personal items after your arrive.
Northwood University provides free daily shuttle services throughout Orientation Week. We provide shuttles to cell phone stores, supermarkets, and banks. Northwood staff and student workers will be there to help students throughout the process.
Once the semester starts, Northwood provides a once a week shuttle to the supermarket for international students free of charge.
New students must arrive on either Sunday, August 18, 2019 or Monday, August 19, 2019. All orientation sessions are mandatory.
International Orientation will be held on Tuesday, August 20 and Wednesday, August 21. International students will join US students for orientation on Thursday, August 22. Friday, August 23 – Sunday, August 25 is Welcome Weekend with fun events throughout the weekend.
Detailed schedules will be given to students when they arrive on campus.
Students must bring their Passports, F-1 visas and I-20s with them to International Orientation.
All international students, including Canadian students and students transferring from other institutions in the United States, must attend International Orientation. Orientations are designed to be informative yet fun and engaging for all students.
International students will join new US students for orientation on Thursday, August 22. Students will visit departments on campus and have the chance to have any unanswered questions solved at this time.
Detailed schedules and instructions will be given during International Orientation.
Friday, August 23 – Sunday, August 25 is Welcome Weekend with events throughout the weekend. Faculty, staff and students will be there to welcome new students to campus with fun, informative events to help students get used to life at Northwood University and in Midland, Michigan.
Detailed schedules and instructions will be given during Orientation.
My.Northwood is the website where you will find helpful information on academics, paying bills and financial information, issues related to F-1 status and other important information.
Residents of a foreign country who are temporarily in the United States may drive in Michigan with their home country license and, if the license is not in English, an English translation of the license or an International Driving Permit. You must obtain the International Driving Permit in your home country in advance of your visit.
A Social Security Number (SSN) is a nine-digit number issued for employment and tax purposes. To be eligible to apply for a SSN, an F-1 student must have an on campus job offer. New students must wait 10 days from date of arrival, and 2 days after their SEVIS record is Active before applying.