International Student Orientation
Spring 2014 ORIENTATION DATES
Fall 2014 ORIENTATION DATES
November 19 and 20, 2013
and 4, 2013 (New)
December 9 and 11, 2013 (recommended only for
students who are
unable to attend the
June 3 and 4, 2014
(recommended for all
students who are
currently in the
U.S.; offers best
July 23 and 24, 2014 (recommended only for students applying from outside of the U.S. who are
unable to attend the
Spring 2014 TERM START DATE
Fall 2014 TERM START DATE
27, 2014 (classes begin)
August 18, 2014 (classes begin)
Grossmont College requires new international
students to attend an International Orientation Program.
Orientations for new students are held four weeks prior to the
fall semester and three to six weeks prior to the spring
semester. Specific dates will be mailed upon acceptance to
Grossmont College. Please note that students who fail to attend
orientation will not be permitted to enroll in classes at
Grossmont College and will have their admission to Grossmont
College cancelled. It is your responsibility to make flight
arrangements which will enable you to attend orientation.
The orientation is a total of two days: one
day for the ESL/English Assessment and one days for the
orientation and registration process. Please see a brief
description of the program listed below. You may also check our
website to view the current
class schedule (if
available) for the next semester. Bring a copy of your foreign
or U.S. university transcript with you to the orientation.
Remember, classes at Grossmont College fill up
quickly. Your attendance at an early orientation will increase
your ability to register in the classes of your choice. Students
who attend the last orientation may find many classes full.
Assessment, Campus Tour, Course
In addition to the ESL Assessment
and campus tour, there will be staff
Tips for Choosing Classes, Public
Safety, Tips for College Success,
WebAdvisor Log-In & Class Search,
and the International Club.
Assessment is used to place students
in the appropriate English class.
Make sure to bring your passport,
visa, I-20, and I-94 card for
Students without their photo IDís
will not be permitted to take the
ESL assessment. NOTE: Students
will not need to take a Math
Assessment during the orientation
program. Counselors will advise
students whether and when they
should schedule a Math Assessment.
U.S. Educational System, F-1
Requirements, ESL Program, and
Staff presentations on the U.S.
Educational System, F-1
Immigration Regulations, the
Registration Process, and the
At most orientation programs,
students will be registering and
paying for classes (or signing up
for the payment plan) on Day 2 of
orientation. Be sure to bring your
immigration documents with you to
orientation. Morning coffee and
lunch will be provided on both days.
Students MUST attend
days of orientation in order to
register for classes. Students
who fail to attend the
orientation program IN FULL will
have their admission to
Grossmont College cancelled.
Initial Costs Reminder
New students will register for
classes on the final day of the International Student
Full payment for
classes or enrollment in the
Payment Plan option is due
immediately upon registering.
payment may be made using
Visa/MasterCard, Discover, or
American Express credit cards, a
personal check (from a U.S.
bank), a money order, or
travelerís checks (in U.S.
dollars). The Payment Plan
option costs $25, and allows
students to pay an immediate 25%
down payment followed by up to
three monthly payments. The
Payment Plan must be linked to a
U.S. bank account.
In addition to class fees,
students need to bring enough
U.S. Dollars to pay for airport
shuttle, hotel, books, medical
insurance, and the first few
months of living expenses (rent,
may wish to bring $5,000 or more
to cover these initial expenses.
For your own safety and
protection, please remember to
safeguard your money, passport,
and personal belongings.