Dear Student: Welcome to the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) and to the Culture and Intensive English Program (CIEP). I am happy that you have chosen to study with us. Before classes begin, please attend the CIEP student orientation program at UNI. Most of the orientation sessions are mandatory for all new CIEP students. It is a good introduction to life at the University and a great chance to become familiar with UNI rules and regulations. At the orientation program you will also learn about the services available to you at the University. Campus tours and social activities will allow you to meet some of the current students as well as other new international students. As you make your travel plans, it is important to remember: You are encouraged to arrive on campus on August 19, 2013. Please send your arrival information before August 2nd by filling out the online Arrival Information form at: http://www.uni.edu/ciep/prospective-students/arrival. We will arrange for airport pickups for those students arriving at the nearby Waterloo Airport (Airport code: ALO) or Eastern Iowa Airport (Airport code: CID, located farther away in the city of Cedar Rapids). In an emergency, you may call the UNI Public Safety at 319-273-4000. As soon as possible after you arrive on campus, please bring your travel and immigration documents to the CIEP office at Baker Hall, Room 72. If you will live in the dormitories on Campus, please note that you will need to bring your own linens (bed sheets, pillow, pillowcase, blanket, towel and washcloth) or you may purchase a full set upon arrival for $45 dollars. This orientation program is subjected to changes. Please go to http://www.uni.edu/ciep/prospective-students/orientation-program to verify that you have the most current program. Welcome to CIEP! Sincerely,
Philip Plourde Director
ORIENTATION SCHEDULE August 19 – August 27 Fall 1 2013 – CIEP STUDENTS MONDAY, AUGUST 19 Arrival Date – Welcome to UNI! TUESDAY, AUGUST 20 1:00 p.m. Registration: Baker Hall 72 Please bring your passport, I-94, and immigration documents (I-20 or DS-2019) so we can register your arrival. 1:30 p.m.
Student ID Card and Pictures: Meet at Baker Hall, Room 72 The CIEP Activities Coordinator will help you get your UNI student ID card for use in the dining centers, recreation facilities, and library. We will also take a group pictures to welcome you through our social media.
Cedar Falls Driving Tour and Shopping Trip: Meet at Baker Hall, Room 72 Following a guided driving tour of Cedar Falls, we will be ready to take you shopping for supplies, clothing, gifts, snacks and more. We will visit local shopping areas, which include a mall, a large discount store, and a second-hand store. We will return to campus around 5:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21 8:00 a.m. Evaluation of English Proficiency: Meet at Baker Hall, Room 72 We must evaluate your English language ability in order to place you in the correct classes for Reading, Writing, Grammar, Listening and Speaking. This test will take approximately four hours. 12:30 p.m.
Lunch: Lunch will be provided and you will be able to eat during the placement exam break.
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Campus Tour: Meet at Baker Hall, Room 72 We will show you around campus so you can become familiar with building, locations and service facilities at UNI.
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Student Health Center Resources and Health Insurance Information: Location TBA UNI has a modern Student Health Clinic operated by an expert team of experienced professionals who can provide a wide variety of health services. Learn about the services available and ask questions to the staff. Health insurance can save you from financial stress when you have unexpected medical expenses. This session will explain the benefits of your mandatory insurance coverage. An insurance expert from the Student Health Center will introduce you to the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) and answer your questions.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 22 8:00 a.m. Tuberculosis Screening/MMR: Meet at Baker Hall 72 All international students are required to have tuberculosis screening and testing. The UNI Health Clinic personnel will be on-hand to perform tuberculosis screening. It is important for you to know that all students must have a Tuberculosis (TB) test when they arrive to UNI. The test costs $108. Students attending UNI are also required to show proof of two Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination records which must be translated into English. If the student does not provide proof of the MMR vaccinations, during this session the student will receive the first vaccination shot. The cost of MMR vaccinations are $95 dollars each. The health insurance provided by UNI will cover TB and MMR fees. PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR HEALTH IMMUNIZATION RECORDS WITH YOU TO THIS SESSION.
Welcome Lunch: Mauker Union, CME Come to meet CIEP staff and students in a social event to welcome you to UNI and prepare you for the exciting new educational experience in the United States.
2:00- 3:00 p.m.
CIEP Student Handbook Review: Curris Business Building, Room 225 One of the CIEP teaching staff members will review with you the CIEP academic policies and procedures while you are enrolled in the program.
3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
Informational Session: Curris Business Building, Room 225 The CIEP Director will review important information about life at UNI and discuss the essential information that you, as a CIEP student, must have as you begin your studies. You will learn about immigration and employment regulations, tax responsibilities, and living safely in Iowa. We will also talk about American culture and customs.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 23 9:00 – The 6 Habits of Highly Effective International Students: Rod Library, Room 286 10:00 a.m. In this session, the CIEP Activities staff will discuss American culture and give you some tips on how to make the most of your time at UNI. 10:15 11:45 a.m.
Get Connected – Internet Resources & Services: Rod Library, Room 286 After the insurance information session, we will walk together to the Rod Library. We will help you to open your UNI e-mail account, utilize the My Universe student computer information system, find a job and pay your E-Bill.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 25 6:00 p.m. Welcome Reception for New and Returning International Students It is time to celebrate! Join with other new and returning international students to celebrate the start of a great semester. There will be light refreshments, entertainment and plenty of time to meet new people and enjoy the elegant surroundings. Make sure you are there to participate in the traditional country roll call…let others know with pride where you come from! MONDAY, AUGUST 26 10:30 a.m. Placement Test Results and Schedule Pick-up: Meet at Baker Hall, Room 72 You will receive your English Placement test results and your class schedules at this time. Please note that you must have completed everything on your orientation card to receive your schedule. TUESDAY, AUGUST 27 10:00 a.m. Classes Begin! Please check your schedule for class times and room numbers. Good luck!