FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

For questions not pertaining specifically to international students, please refer to the Office of Residential Life - Incoming Student FAQs.

Q: I haven’t received my summer packet, what should I do?
Q: Am I required to attend all international orientation events?
Q: Can my parents attend International Orientation?
Q: What do I do once I get to campus? How do I get my room key and move-in?
Q: What hotel accommodations are there near Brown for me if I arrive early, or for my parents/family?
Q: Can I participate in International Orientation even if I didn't receive an invitation in my welcome packet?
Q: Is it possible for me to stay in a single room during my first year?
Q: What is the Third World Center?
Q: What is the Third World Transition Program (TWTP)?
Q: Can I attend UCAAP or TWTP and International Orientation?
Q: Can I attend International Orientation as well as Excellence at Brown?
Q: My family member needs a wheelchair, what should I do?
Q: How do I get to Brown?
Q: Where can my family park during Orientation?


Q: I haven’t received my summer packet, what should I do?

A:
Summer packets are sent via regular mail not an express delivery service such as FedEx or UPS, therefore we suggest that international students wait until the third week of June for their packet to arrive. Also, you can visit the Orientation site to access all the materials included in the packet with the exception of the summer reading assignment.

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Q: Am I required to attend all international orientation events?

A:
The International Orientation schedule indicates which events are mandatory, however we encourage first-year students to attend all orientation events. International Orientation receives enthusiastic reviews from participating students every year.

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Q: Can my parents attend International Orientation?

A:
While International Orientation is primarily for students, there are a limited number of sessions open to family members, too, including the IMP Welcome Brunch.

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Q: What do I do once I get to campus? How do I get my room key and move-in?

A:
If you arrive on campus during registration open hours (generally Wednesday from 8:30 AM until 1 AM on Thursday -- please check the International Orientation schedule for details), you should go directly to the Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center (75 Waterman Street) to pick up your room key, Brown ID, and fill out your housing contract.

If you arrive after 1 AM, registration will be closed (and will reopen on Thursday morning, typically at 8 AM), and you will need to proceed directly to your Residence Hall and use one of the Emergency Blue Light phones (free) to call a member of the Department of Public Safety to let you in your room.

Also, if you arrive before Wednesday due to participation in another program, you should check in with that program about move-in procedures.

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Q: What hotel accommodations are there near Brown for me if I arrive early, or for my parents/family?

A:
Click here for accommodations listing near Brown.

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Q: Can I participate in International Orientation even if I didn't receive an invitation in my welcome packet?

A: 
Yes, International Orientation is open to all students who self-identify as international or see fitting to attend this program.

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Q: Is it possible for me to stay in a single room during my first year?

A:
Having a roommate--while it may seem daunting--is an excellent way for students to make friends quickly and also an easy way for international students to learn about the US as they are most often paired with an American student.

However, if you do have a qualifying disability that requires such an accommodation, contact Student and Employee Accessibility Services at SEAS@brown.edu for additional information.

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Q: What is the Third World Center?

A:
Established in 1976, the Third World Center serves the interests and meets the needs of all students of color and promotes racial and ethnic pluralism in the Brown community. It provides an arena in which students can explore cultural heritages and learn about race and ethnicity as components of American identity.

The concept of "Third World" should not be confused with the economic definition of the term that was formerly used to describe developing countries. The concept is based on the meaning of the "Third Way"--a term used in the Cold War--meaning an alternative to the ways of the first world (U.S. & Europe) and also the second world (USSR & Eastern Europe). "Third World" is therefore used to reminds students of the power they have in coalescing, communicating, and uniting across marginalized communities to create a safer and more open place for all individuals. When students adopted the term "Third World", they use it in the sense of a cultural model of empowerment and liberation.

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Q: What is the Third World Transition Program (TWTP)?

A:
The Third World Transition Program welcomes new students to Brown and provides a program the focus of which is an exploration of systems of oppression that exist in our society today, including racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, and heterosexism. Through a series of workshops, participants examine the problems that divide our society and seek to break down the barriers that separate them in order to build understanding and community. International student participants always speak very highly of their time in the program.

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Can I attend UCAAP or TWTP and International Orientation?

A:
All incoming international students should attend International Orientation, specifically several mandatory sessions. However, it is possible to participate in some of the activities provided you don't miss the mandatory sessions. Please contact us if you plan to participate in more than one program so we can discuss details and coordinate further.

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Q: Can I attend International Orientation as well as Excellence at Brown?

A:
Yes. Excellence is designed to allow international students to attend Excellence through Wednesday evening. International students would then join International Orientation.

There is space for all international students in International Orientation; however, Excellence enrollment is limited. Please be sure not to make plans to arrive at Brown for Excellence until you have been admitted to that program.

Excellence is a great program that goes more in-depth into topics and has more opportunity to challenge yourself to strengthen your writing abilities than we can offer during just International Orientation. However, if you are unable to participate in Excellence, we have built some academic and writing components into International Orientation.

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Q: My family member needs a wheelchair, what should I do?

A:
If you have any questions about accommodations or services due to a disability or medical condition, contact Student and Employee Accessibility Services at SEAS@brown.edu.

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Q: How do I get to Brown?

A:
Maps and Directions

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Q: Where can my family park during Orientation?

A:
Driving Directions and Parking

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