International Academic Orientation Program (IAOP)

Welcome to Michigan State University! We are excited you are joining the Spartan family.

The International Academic Orientation Program (IAOP) has been carefully planned to ease your transition into college life at MSU and provide you with a strong foundation for achieving your goals. Because MSU is committed to student success, attendance at IAOP is mandatory for all new international undergraduate students. IAOP occurs just prior to the start of each semester.

Additional information about IAOP can be found at the Office for International Students and Scholars website. 


Spartan Preview

Spartan Preview provides information on immigration regulations, laws and safety, health care and health insurance, what to pack, getting to campus and campus life, as well as online tools and important next steps. International students are required to complete all sections of the course and pass the quizzes prior to arriving on campus. Access Spartan Preview by logging in to your account.


Attendance requirement

All new international undergraduate students with an F-1 or J-1 visa must attend all required sessions of the mandatory International Academic Orientation Program (IAOP). International students with other visa types should contact aop@msu.edu or (517) 355-8490 to schedule an appropriate orientation appointment.

Students who do not attend the required sessions must complete make-up sessions before they can enroll for classes. Note: Students who are not enrolled for classes will lose their immigration status.

Attendance will be taken at all required IAOP sessions.


Before arriving

In order to be prepared for your AOP and the start of the academic year, it is important that students log in to their account and complete a personalized “next steps” list. The most critical items include the following:

  • Activate MSU NetID and MSU email account
  • Complete the required online Spartan Preview
  • Take math and foreign language placement tests online
  • Complete online the Student Background and Experiences Inventory and the Spartan Persistence Survey
  • Fill out the Immunization Self-report
  • Become familiar with the MSU computer requirement
  • Submit a Spartan ID photo online (2017 dates will be posted shortly)
  • Create an IAOP personal schedule
  • Send any Advanced Placement (AP) and college transcripts to the MSU admissions office (if applicable)
  • Contact the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities to arrange for assistance needed during IAOP or during the academic year
  • Prepare for travel

It is important for students to check their MSU email account at least once a day for information about orientation, classes, immigration status and other MSU-related topics.


Testing

Math placement
Each international student entering MSU as a freshman must take the online math placement exam before attending orientation so advisers can select mathematics courses that best match skill levels.

Freshman composition class placement
International students wishing to "write out" of the Preparation for College Writing course (WRA 1004/0102) will have the opportunity to write an essay during IAOP.

MSUELT for provisionally admitted students

Provisionally admitted international undergraduate students will take the MSU English Language Test (MSUELT) upon arrival on campus. MSUELT results determine academic course eligibility.


Academic advising and course enrollment

Academic advisers provide guidance on course selection, graduation requirements and course enrollment. International undergraduate students who have met the English proficiency requirements will meet with an academic adviser during IAOP. Students who attempt to enroll in classes without attending IAOP will have all of their classes dropped.


Important dates


Thursday, May 12
8:00 a.m. - Residence halls open for new international students with a residence hall assignment. Note: All first-year undergraduate students must live on campus.

Friday, May 12
MSU English Language Test (MSUELT) is offered to provisionally admitted undergraduate students.

All International Academic Orientation Program sessions are mandatory for new undergraduate students on F-1/J-1 visas.

Meals: Students will receive a meal voucher for the International Center Crossroads Food Court.

Monday, May 15


Classes begin.

Saturday, August 19

8:00 a.m. - Residence halls open for new international students with a residence hall assignment. Note: All first-year undergraduate students must live on campus.

Sunday, August 20
MSU English Language Test (MSUELT) is offered to provisionally admitted undergraduate students. Students should consult their personal IAOP schedule for assigned time and location.

Monday–Friday, August 21–25

All International Academic Orientation Program sessions are mandatory for new undergraduate students on F-1/J-1 visas.

Meals: Students will receive a voucher for three meals per day August 19–26 during IAOP. Regular meal plans begin August 27. 

Wednesday, August 30

Classes begin.

Tentative dates:

Wednesday, January 4

8:00 a.m. - Residence halls open for new international students with a residence hall assignment. Note: All first-year undergraduate students must live on campus.

Thursday–Friday, January 5–6

MSU English Language Test (MSUELT) is offered to provisionally admitted undergraduate students.


All International Academic Orientation Program sessions are mandatory for new undergraduate students on F-1/J-1 visas.

Meals: Students with a campus dining plan will receive an early arrival meal wristband to use at Brody Square and at The Edge in Akers Hall. The wristband will provide the student with access to three meals per day beginning with breakfast on Thursday, January 5, 2017 through Sunday, January 8, 2017. Regular meal plans will begin at dinner on Sunday, January 8, 2017. 

Monday, January 9

Classes begin.


IAOP schedule of events

The International Academic Orientation Program is designed to help students transition to the undergraduate college experience. The sample schedule of events below reflects opportunities to meet new students, faculty, an academic adviser and other MSU staff who are excited to welcome international students to the MSU community.

Because IAOP is mandatory for all undergraduate students, each session is required unless otherwise noted.


Saturday
All day: Residence hall move-in for new international students
7 - 9 a.m.: Breakfast
11 a.m. - 1 pm.: Lunch
Noon - 4 p.m.: Get a Spartan ID card
3 - 9 p.m.: Spartan information stations
3 - 9 p.m.: Neighborhood Engagement Center tour
5 - 7 p.m.: Dinner
7 - 9 p.m.: Neighborhood social

Sunday
All day: Residence hall move-in for new international students
7 - 9 a.m.: Breakfast
8:15 a.m. - noon: MSU English Language Test session 1
10 a.m. - 9 p.m.: Spartan information stations
10 a.m. - 9 p.m.: Neighborhood Engagement Center tour
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Lunch
1 - 3 p.m.: Optional writing placement examination
1 - 4 p.m.: Get a Spartan ID card
1:15 - 5 p.m.: MSU English Language Test session 2
2:45 - 6 p.m.: Meijer shopping trip
5 - 7 p.m.: Dinner
6 - 9:45 p.m.: MSU English Language Test session 3

Monday
7 - 9 a.m.: Breakfast
8 - 11:30 a.m.: Last chance to complete all required portal steps
8 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.: Get a Spartan ID card
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Lunch
1 - 1:30 p.m.: International Academic Orientation Program (IAOP) registration
1:30 - 2 p.m.: IAOP welcome
2 - 4 p.m.: Cohort meeting
4 - 6 p.m.: Resource fair/student organization fair
5 - 7 p.m.: Dinner

Tuesday
7 - 9 a.m.: Breakfast
8 a.m. - noon: Immigration check-in
8 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.: Get a Spartan ID card
8:30 - 11 a.m.: Campus tours with Residence Education and Housing Services
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Lunch
1 - 1:30 p.m.: Presentation attendance registration
1:30 - 2:10 p.m.: U.S. college culture
2:10 - 2:20 p.m.: Laws and safety
2:20 - 2:45 p.m.: Health and health care
2:40 - 3:40 p.m.: Engaging in undergraduate research
3:45 - 5 p.m.: Cohort session
5 - 7 p.m.: Dinner
7 - 10 p.m.: Evening activities

Wednesday
Advising and enrollment for all regularly admitted students and College of Business and College of Engineering eligible provisionally admitted students and continues through Friday.
7 - 8 a.m.: Academic advising and enrollment check-in/ major changes/ math and foreign language placement testing
7 - 9 a.m.: Breakfast
8 - 8:45 a.m.: Leave your Spartan footprint
8:45 - 9 a.m.: Online resources presentation
8 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.: Get a Spartan ID card
9:15 a.m. – 5 p.m.: College session: planning the college learning experience/ academic advising/ enroll for classes/ IAOP checkout
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Lunch
5 - 7 p.m.: Dinner
7 -9 p.m.: School spirit event


One Book, One Community

The One Book, One Community (OBOC) program encourages members of the East Lansing–MSU community to read the same book each fall and come together to explore its themes and issues in a variety of on- and off-campus settings.

At AOP check-in, students entering fall semester receive a copy of the selected book at a discounted rate. The cost of the book plus accompanying programming, including the author visiting campus for academic convocation, is charged to their bill. Because OBOC is part of the MSU culture, students are strongly encouraged to read the book, have it available for the start of classes and participate in related events.


MSU expects all AOP participants to comply with university ordinances and policies. In particular, participants should be aware of these policies and ordinances:

  • Possession or use of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs, including marijuana, is prohibited.
  • Possession or use of firearms or weapons is prohibited.

Violations of these university ordinances are also violations of the law and could result in arrest and criminal penalties.

Students attending AOP are also expected to adhere to the following regulations:

  • Attendance is required at all activities except as noted.
  • Punctuality is expected at all program activities.
  • Students are to remain where orientation activities are taking place.

Students attending AOP are also expected to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Be considerate of all faculty, staff and other students attending AOP.
  • Turn off all cell phones during presentations, and do not use them during the advising and enrollment processes.
  • Only students attending AOP are permitted in the academic advising rooms and areas used for enrollment. Family members and friends may not attend these sessions.

Any violation of these ordinances, policies and regulations or any other inappropriate actions as determined by the associate provost for undergraduate education, director of admissions and/or director of orientation will result in disciplinary action, which can include dismissal from the International Academic Orientation Program with a postponement of enrolling for classes or a revocation of admission to the university. Violations of university ordinances are also violations of the law and could result in arrest and criminal penalties.