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New Student Arrival & Orientation

You are eligible to enter the U.S. as early as 30 days prior to the start of your academic program as indicated in item 5 of your I-20 or item 3 of your DS-2019. You are expected to enter the U.S. in time to attend the mandatory International Student Orientation. If there is a situation that necessitates entering the U.S. after the program start date indicated on your document, please contact the Office of International Education as you will require a new I-20 or DS-2019 with a later program start date to enter the U.S.

International Student Orientation

All new international students are required to attend a MANDATORY International Student Orientation provided by SUNY-ESF's Office of International Education.

  • New International Student Orientation (Mandatory)
    Saturday, August 18th, 2018 - Sunday, August 19th, 2018
    Location: Gateway Center, SUNY-ESF campus (map)
    Please bring your immigration documents.

Other ESF Orientations

You must also attend the applicable college orientation:

Immigration Check-in at ESF

Upon arrival in Syracuse, NY, after the International Student Orientation, you must check-in at the ESF Office of International Education. There will be a sign up form at orientation for you to schedule an appointment during the week before classes. Please bring a completed SEVIS Registration Form, and all of your (and your dependent’s) immigration documents (e.g., I-20/DS-2019, passport with visa stamp, and electronic I-94 card - click here for I-94) with you when you come to your check-in appointment. All of your documents will be scanned and an electronic student file will be created for you.

English Language Assessment Exam (ELAE)

  • Required for all undergraduate students (new and transfer) in order to determine the proper English class placement.
  • Required for graduate students who:
    • obtained a TOEFL score under 600; under 250 if you took the computerized test; under 100 if you took the internet-based, IBT, version,;
    • obtained an IELTS score under 7.0; or
    • attended SU's English Language Institute.
  • The English Language Assessment Exam (ELAE) will be offered on multiple times during the week before classes. Located in Gifford Auditorium, HB Crouse. Students should arrive at 8:00am to be seated and bring their ESF ID card and a pencil (two parts of the exam are graded by computer, and answers cannot be changed if done in ink). You must register prior to the exam! Please use the following link to register for your preferred time: http://bit.ly/ELAEFall2018.