Going to a university in another country is exciting and overwhelming. We want you to feel comfortable at UW-Eau Claire, which is why we make sure you arrive a week before classes begin to get acquainted with campus through Orientation. During this week you will have something to do every moment. Whether you're touring campus, scheduling classes, checking out local musicians at a nearby park or meeting other students — you won't be bored for a second!
Move into residence halls
Campus services and tour
Immigration responsibilities, understanding documents
Meet your academic adviser and department
Opening Day begins
International Student Orientation
Whether you’re coming from overseas for the first time or transferring to us from another university — we’re thrilled to have you. At Orientation, you’ll meet other international students, get comfortable at your new home and prepare for your studies at UW-Eau Claire.
Intensive English Program Orientation
Our Intensive English Program (IEP) offers an experience as individual as you are. We are committed to providing a high-quality program with courses that focus on academic language to prepare you for success in your studies at UW-Eau Claire. During your orientation you will take a placement exam for ESL. This will help determine which ESL courses you will take for the semester.
Peer guides are here for you
No matter where you're coming from, you are guaranteed a peer guide when you arrive at UW-Eau Claire. Your peer guide is a current student who is excited to show you around and answer any questions you have.
Your peer guide will:
- Introduce you to other students
- Provide a campus tour
- Provide essential information on social customs in the U.S.
- Answer your individual questions.
Students in IEP will also have a peer mentor who will:
- Guide you through Orientation
- Serve as a classroom mentor throughout the semester.
The feeling of entering the unknown when you go abroad brings on a lot of anxiety and nervousness; as peer guides, we get to ease those nerves and aid in students' adjustment starting right at their arrival. I get to learn constantly from each and every student about different cultures, and also get to share my own. The peer guide program forms long–lasting friendships, which is definitely the most valuable (and unexpected) aspect I've taken away from this job.