Section: ISSS


International Student Orientation
International Student Orientation

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ARRIVAL – Monday, august 24, 2015

UW-Platteville will provide bus transportation for the 3-hour trip from Chicago O’Hare airport to Platteville, Wisconsin on the day before orientation.  To use this transportation, you need to arrive at Chicago O’Hare airport by 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 24, 2015. The bus will stop only at the International Terminal (#5) at O’Hare airport. UW-Platteville staff will meet you in the arrival hall (lower level just outside of baggage claim) of the International Terminal (#5) near the McDonalds around 12:30 p.m.; we will be carrying a “Welcome to UW-Platteville” sign. You must email your complete flight itinerary to me by July 31 (

If you cannot arrange a flight that arrives at O’Hare Airport in Chicago before 11 a.m. on Monday, August 24, you should plan on arriving in Chicago on Sunday, August 23, stay overnight in a hotel in Chicago, and meet us at the airport in Terminal #5 on Monday, August 24, at 12:30 p.m. Please click here for a list of hotels near O’Hare Airport.

Students who will be utilizing UW-Platteville's bus from Chicago to Platteville are required to e-mail their complete flight itinerary to the UW-Platteville ISSS office ( by July 31.

If you miss the August 24 bus to Platteville, you will be responsible for arranging alternative transportation to UW-Platteville. We will send more information about this to you through email.

If you will not be taking the bus with us from O’Hare in Chicago on August 24, you need to make plans to arrive in Platteville, Wisconsin, by Monday, August 24. If you have signed up to live on campus in the residence halls, you will need to email to arrange a time to move in to the residence halls.

You may arrive in the United States up to 30 days before the start date on your I-20. For most of you, the start date on your I-20 is August 24, 2015. See below for instructions in planning your arrival:


All new international students are required to attend International Student Orientation from August 25-28 2015. Orientation is a fun, informative program designed to prepare you for success during your time at UW-Platteville.  At International Student Orientation, you will have the opportunity to obtain your Student ID card, get your UW-Platteville e-mail address and password, sign up for your meal plan, take the English and Math placement tests (F-1 degree-seeking undergraduate students only), meet with your academic advisor, buy your textbooks, learn about the various aspects of the University of Platteville campus and resources, adjust to the U.S. culture and language, meet current students, and much more.

The total non-refundable deposit for arrival/orientation, including lodging and food costs, is $260. This deposit will be charged to your UW-Platteville student account.

If you are living in the Residence Halls, an International Student Orientation leader will meet you outside the main entrance of your residence hall on the first day of orientation. If you will be living off campus, you will need to meet us for the first day of International Student Orientation. Please see the orientation schedule linked to this webpage for the start time and room location of the first day of International Student Orientation.

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Important Dates - Orientation

Important Dates

Arrival to Chicago O'Hare Airport (Optional)
Monday, August 24, 2015, 11 a.m.

International Student Orientation (Required)
Tuesday-Friday, August 25-28, 2015

Welcome Weekend
August 29-September 1, 2015

Trip to Madison, Wisconsin
Tuesday, September 1, 2015

First Day of Classes
Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Legal Holiday (Labor Day)
Monday, September 7, 2015

Fall Break
Friday, October 16, 2015

Thanksgiving Break
November 26-29, 2015

International Farewell Reception
Thursday, December 10, 2015

Final Exam Week
Monday-Friday, December 14-18, 2015



Trip to Madison for New International Students

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 9:15am


International Student Club Meeting

Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 5:00pm


Global Lunch Hour

Friday, September 4, 2015 - 11:00am to 1:00pm


International Student Club Pizza Party

Friday, September 4, 2015 - 5:00pm


Global Lunch Hour

Friday, September 11, 2015 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

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