2014 International Orientation Schedule

International Orienation 2014: August 27-30

The schedule is tentative, and subject to change. Locations of events will be updated during Summer 2014 (all events will be on-campus).

(P) Indicates events open to parents

Wednesday, August 27: Move-In Day

International Orientation Welcome and Information DeskInternational Orientation Welcome and Information Desk

Welcome Check-In and Information Desk

8:00 AM – 1:00 AM (P)
Check in, pick up International Orientation program materials, and get some move-in assistance from your friendly IMP mentors!
Faunce Arch (Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center, 75 Waterman Street)

** After 1 AM, students should contact the Department of Public Safety at 401-863-3322 or 75 Charlesfield Street to gain access to their residence hall room.  Please then come to registration on Thursday morning.

Passport Registration (mandatory for all visa students)

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (P)
Bring your passport, I-20 and I-94 card with you and meet the staff of the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISSS).
J. Walter Wilson Building, 69 Brown Street Suite #510 (corner of Waterman Street)

Trips to Providence Place Mall

11:00 AM – 1:30 PM and 2:30 – 5:00 PM (P)
Join mentors on a walk that will pass by the Kennedy Plaza bus central on the way to the mall for shopping.
Meet at Faunce Arch (Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center).

Explore Brown’s Libraries and Rare Books Collection

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM (P)
Take a tour of Brown’s Rockefeller and John Hay libraries led by a library faculty. Become acquainted with the libraries’ resources, visit their open stacks, and peruse through Brown’s rare book collection.

Campus Tours

First Tour: 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM (P)
Second Tour: 5:15 PM – 6:00 PM (P)
Familiarize yourself with Brown and join us for tours of the main campus area. This is an additional tour time added for International Orientation. Families and students may also go on tours daily all week at 11:00 AM or 3:00 PM departing from Faunce Arch; please check-in at the Welcome and Information Center inside the Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center.
Each tour departs from Faunce Arch (Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center) at 5:00 and, 5:15pm. The tours are identical.

Welcome to IMP! (mandatory)

6:00 PM – 6:30 PM
A welcoming ceremony for all IMP participants. This is the official start of our year-long program!

Meet Your Mentors (mandatory)

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Meet your IMP mentor and get to know your mentor group before heading together to dinner.

First Mentor Group Dinner

7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Join your mentor group for dinner. Get to know each other over some food - this will be the first of many mentor group dinners that you will have throughout the year.

Games Night

9:30 PM – 11:30 PM
Join us for a night of board games. Feel free to share some favorite games from home too!

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Thursday, August 28

IMP Welcome BrunchIMP Welcome Brunch

Welcome Check-In and Information Desk

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM (P)
International mentors will be there to answer any questions and provide you with assistance.
Soldier’s Arch, Thayer Street (Entrance to Ruth J. Simmons Quadrangle / Lincoln Quadrangle)

Banking Fair

8:30 AM – 10:30 AM (P)
Representatives from local banks will be there to help you set up an American bank account. 

Passport Registration (mandatory for all visa students)

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (P)
Bring your passport, I-20 and I-94 card with you and meet the staff of the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISSS).
J. Walter Wilson Building, 69 Brown Street Suite #510 (corner of Waterman Street)

IMP Welcome Brunch

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM (P)
Begin your first full day of International Orientation activities with our welcome brunch for international students and family members! Please by seated by 11:00am.
Ruth J. Simmons Quadrangle (Lower Green)

Getting Started At Brown: Informational Panel for Students and Parents (mandatory)

12:00 PM – 1:15 PM (P)
Join us for an important discussion on academics and campus life at Brown presented by administrators and deans.

IMP Campus Resource Fair

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM (P)
Meet a plethora of resources in a building-wide fair, which includes representatives from academic and campus life departments who will be available to provide you with more detailed information on a wide array of resources and academic queries.
J. Walter Wilson Building, 69 Brown Street

Small Group Discussions with IMP mentors (mandatory)

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM
Learn more about Brown, share your expectations and concerns, and ask your mentor any questions you might have about the upcoming year.

Being a Parent of a Brown Student

2:30-3:15 PM (P)
Several Brown administrators and international students will lead a discussion of how parents and families can best support the success of a Brown student.

Coffee and Conversations with Deans and Administrators

3:15-4:30 PM (P)
Deans from the Offices of the Dean of the College and Student Life will be on hand to engage with students and their families. This is a great opportunity to ask questions, get to know Brown resources, and familiarize yourself with how accessible deans are at Brown!

The Amazing IMP Race

4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Team up with your mentor group for an exciting scavenger hunt to help you get acquainted with the Brown campus.
Meet on the steps of the Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center, Main Green


6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Relax after the scavenger hunt with some food and your mentor group.

Trivia Night

7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Nothing brings together a mentor group like a little bit of healthy competition! Bring out your thinking hats - prizes will be available! 

Movie Night

9:30 PM – 11:30 PM
Unwind with a movie and popcorn. Or just grab some food, put your feet up and chat to some new-found friends. Movie TBA.

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Friday, August 29

IMP Outdoor ActivitiesIMP Outdoor Activities

American Academic Conventions and Academic Writing

9:00 AM-10:30 AM (breakfast), session from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Prepare for your time at Brown through a series of presentations and workshops. You'll get a little practice at critical readings skills, understand distinctly American academic conventions, learn about different disciplines, and explore the writing process. This program is for all international students -- with opportunities targeted at various levels of familiarity with American academic culture.
Barus and Holley, 182 Hope Street (enter from path starting at 341 Brook Street)

Small Group Discussions II (mandatory)

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Regroup with your mentor group, for a check-in and a chance to share some thoughts and ask questions.

Lunch with Brown Faculty

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
We asked international students to nominate their favorite faculty -- and now you get to have lunch with them! Hear directly from the faculty what the classroom environment is like, talk about your academic interests (and theirs!), and experience first-hand how accessible Brown's faculty are to undergraduates.

Staying Legal: Immigration 101 (mandatory for all visa students)

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM (P)
Learn everything you need to know about visas, employment, social security, among other topics related to immigration, and ask any questions you may have. This mandatory event is led by Elke Breker, Director of the Office for International Students and Scholars.

IMP Olympics (mandatory)

4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Join your group for some outdoor games, ranging from casual ice breakers, tug-o-war, frisbee, and more! Which group will emerge as the champion? 

Cook-out at Josiah's

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Enjoy an all-American BBQ dinner with your fellow international students! Vegetarian options available.
Josiah’s, Vartan Gregorian Quad, 101 Thayer Street

American Culture 101 (AMCUL 101)

9:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Join us for skits as mentors act out a range of situations that you may encounter during your time at Brown.

IO Big Bang Finale

10:30 PM – Midnight
Socialize over refreshments, celebrate the last night of International Orientation, and learn more about the opportunities available to international students on campus.

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Saturday, August 30

Your IMP group is a great way to make friendsYour IMP group is a great way to make friends

General Orientation Packet Pick-Up

8:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Stop by the location nearest to your dorm any time to pick up this packet that includes important information about Brown, General Orientation, academic advising and more.
Perkins, Keeney, and MoChamp Lounges

Breakfast at the Ratty

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM (P)
Join mentors and classmates for a meal at the Sharpe Refactory, affectionately known as "the Ratty"! We will be in the Chancellor's Dining Room (CDR), which is found on the left as soon as you enter the Ratty.
Note:  Parents and family members must pay. Students can use their meal plan.
Chancellor's Dining Room, Sharpe Refectory, Wriston Quad

American College Academic Conventions, Part Two

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Rejoin the staff of the Writing Center for the second part of this useful workshop to learn more about American academic writing in different academic disciplines. This is an opportunity for small group discussion and more intensive workshops. Sign-up will be available at the end of Friday's session.

Strategy 101: Why Brown Has the Happiest Students

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Join us for an informal and interactive discussion on being successful at Brown, cultural adjustment, and American university culture. This is a great chance to hear about the amazing activities that your mentors take part it, and see how they are able to balance their academic, extra-curricular, and social lives.
Underground, Stephen Roberts '62 Campus Center

IMP Group Photo + Unwind on the Green

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
We will all come together to take a huge photo of this year's IMP participants. Then just relax on the Main Green with your mentors, either by laying back and chatting or playing a game of ultimate frisbee or football/soccer. 
Main Green


1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
As you begin General Orienation, join the mentors for a chat and lunch in the Ratty. It will be a relaxing time as everyone else is busy moving into their rooms. Drop by for as little or as long as you like.
Chancellor's Dining Room, Sharpe Refactory, Wriston Quad

--- International Orientation concludes, please consult the schedule for general Orientation ---

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Saturday, September 21

An IMP outing, as part of our year-long programAn IMP outing, as part of our year-long program

IMP Barbecue at India Point Park (tentative)

12:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Rejoin with your IMP peers for this field trip with a delicious cook-out (vegetarian food included), fun, and games by the water of Narrangansett Bay.
More information will be sent via email as we come closer to the date