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Florida Atlantic University Global Student Success Program


Orientation is a two day event and is the beginning of your journey at FAU. It is a new study environment, a new country and a new way of life. Orientation is mandatory for all new students so make sure not to miss it!


  • All students must arrive on August 14 to begin the program and official check-in on August 15.
  • Please ensure you submit your housing contract by August 1 or you might not have access to a room when you arrive.
  • Location: (No spaces in between lines of address)
    Florida Atlantic University
    Gladys L. Davis Pavilion (DP 49)
    Center for Global Engagement
    777 Glades Road
    Boca Raton, FL 33431

Students can access their on-campus accommodation from 12:00 noon on August 14, 2018. Please ensure you submit your housing contract before arrival, or you may not have access to a room when you arrive.


What happens at Orientation?

  • Tour the campus and classrooms
  • Meet new friends before starting your studies
  • Get your course schedule/timetable
  • Purchase textbooks
  • Receive your orientation schedule and welcome pack
  • Receive student card and active your FAU e-mail
  • Shopping trip
  • English Assessments (and Math Assessments if you were not able to finish the ALEKS exam before arrival)

There will also be information sessions concerning visa status, dining services, campus accommodations, safety, health insurance, bank accounts, and mobile plans all designed to help you settle in to your new environment.

Here are a few tips to make your orientation experience fantastic!

  • Arrive on time! You will need to be at the FAU GSSP Office by 9:00 a.m. on orientation day.
  • Bring a small backpack with paper and a pen and a water bottle.
  • Wear comfortable shoes, as there will be a campus tour.
  • Dress for comfort and the weather.
  • Be ready to meet people from all over the world!

What do I need to bring?

  • FAU GSSP Offer Letter
  • Florida Atlantic University Letter of Acceptance
  • Passport
  • Form I-20
  • Transcripts (ORIGINAL AND SEALED)
  • Required health forms

What happens if I do not attend Orientation?

Orientation is mandatory for all students. Students are permitted to miss orientation ONLY if there are unpreventable circumstances. You MUST CONTACT FAU GSSP to receive instructions about late enrollments. Students who arrive late will normally not be allowed to start the semester and will have to return home.

What are the dates?

Dates and Locations are listed below.

Fall Semester August-December 2018

Applications Close

18 July 2018 (Undergraduate GSSP)

13 July 2018 (Graduate GSSP)


14 August 2018


15-19 August 2018 (ALL new students must attend)

Classes Begin

20 August 2018

Semester Finishes

1 December 2018

Move-In Dates

All new students need to plan to move into their rooms on-campus on August 14 in order to attend orientation on August 15! PLEASE NOTE: A room will NOT be ready for you if you did not submit your housing form before arrival! If you arrive to Boca Raton prior to August 14, you will need to stay in a hotel as rooms will not be ready until 12:00 noon on August 14.