All incoming international students are required to attend International Welcome Days, beginning Friday, Aug. 14 at 5 p.m. and running through Saturday, Aug. 15. International students will also take part in the mandatory New Student Orientation, Aug. 16–23.

International arrival will take place Thursday, Aug. 13. Students are asked to arrive on this day in order to fully participate in the International Welcome Days program.

If you have specific questions about International Welcome Days, please contact First-Year Experience and Family Programs at 216.368.1352 or

A detailed schedule will become available after June 1.

International Welcome Days is a two-day program to help acclimate you to campus and provide resources to create a seamless transition to American culture and higher education.

International Welcome Days will:

Assist with your acclimation process before the start of New Student Orientation

Allow you to adjust to a different time zone, language and environment

Provide a welcoming transition experience that is meaningful, informative and engaging

Prepare you for New Student Orientation, where you will participate in group programs with domestic and international students

Connect you with faculty members, staff members and Orientation Leaders.

Provide academic, social and practical programming that focuses on challenges and areas of concern specific to international students

Orient you to Cleveland through off-campus excursions