We're glad you are here. Now, let's get you ready to thrive.

Start building a solid graduate career with Grad Welcome Week. Attend orientation to learn about the Graduate School and the many resources available to you. Have a teaching assistantship? Great! Come to our GTA teaching training to get ready for the classroom. Our partners at the library will help you master your research during Library Day. Bonus event: International students who are GTAs or GRAs can get a ride to the Social Security Administration (SSA) office in Albany, OR on Friday, September 7.

Let's go!

All new degree or certificate-seeking graduate students will receive an email invitation to register for the week’s events. Sessions will be held in person at the main campus in Corvallis with opportunities for remote participation available for select sessions.  Additionally, several main sessions will be recorded and shared via the Graduate School media site shortly after the event.

We are mindful that some Grad Welcome Week events overlap with the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, and that it may impact students’ ability to participate. We invite any students affected by the scheduling conflict to take advantage of videos and resources posted online after the event. To learn more about OSU’s policy on Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Religion please follow this link.

 

Graduate School Orientation, Resource Fair and Lunch, International Student Orientation

Monday, September 10

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

New Graduate Student Orientation, Resource Fair and Lunch

Monday, September 10, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

La Sells Stewart Center, orientation also available via webinar

The Graduate School welcomes all new graduate students to attend this university-wide graduate orientation and resource fair, designed to ease your transition into graduate school at OSU. At this event, you'll learn about academic and professional expectations of graduate students, resources on and off campus, you'll meet peers and begin to create long-lasting connections. Enjoy a barbecue-style lunch with new friends and colleagues.

For more information, religious observance or disability accommodations, contact Karen Hanson by August 15.

International Student Orientation

Monday, September 10, 2 to 5 p.m.

La Sells Stewart Center

International students, please also attend the general orientation, 8 to 2 on the same day. See above for details.

Geared especially for international students, workshops will include the F1/J1 Visa Session to present important immigration regulations, information sessions to introduce campus resources, U.S. cultural concepts, and institutional policies and basic laws. We will also have an opportunity for you to complete your immigration document check-ins with the Office of International Services (OIS). An introduction to the sponsored student program will also be provided for sponsored students.

For more information, religious observance or disability accommodations, contact the Office of International Services (OIS) by August 15.

Library Day Workshops

Tuesday, September 11

Library Day Workshops

Tuesday, September 11, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Autzen Classroom, Valley Library, Corvallis campus

The Valley Library presents workshops geared specifically for graduate students at Oregon State. All sessions are offered twice! Choose morning or afternoon.

For more information, religious observance or disability accommodations, contact Hannah Rempel by August 15.

Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Orientation

Wednesday, September 12

International GTA Orientation

Wednesday, September 12, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., includes lunch

Linus Pauling Science Center (LPSC) 125

Whether you're supporting a recitation, leading a lab section, grading for a large lecture, designing and teaching your own course, or want additional training related to teaching, this orientation will focus on unique needs and challenges international GTAs might face in the U.S. classroom.

Audience: All new international graduate students who will have a position as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) during the 2018-2019 academic year. Those who do not have a GTA position, or who are unsure if they will, are also welcome to attend to gain skills for future teaching activities. Additionally, while this event is geared toward new international GTAs, international graduate students who are continuing with their degrees beyond their first year are also welcome to attend; please contact us directly to register.

Attendance is highly encouraged for international GTAs. Some academic units require attendance. Please check with your program if you are unsure whether your attendance is required.

For more information or disability accommodations, contact Karen Hanson by August 15.

 

All GTA Orientation

Wednesday, September 12, 12:30 to 5 p.m.

Milam Hall 123

Whether you’re supporting a recitation, leading a lab section, grading for a large lecture, designing and teaching your own course, or want additional training related to teaching, this orientation will focus on essential information about instructional policies/procedures and provide opportunities to examine the importance of inclusivity in the classroom and ways in which you can address it in your teaching context. Additional concurrent sessions on topics such as instructional technology, classroom management, and tips for your first day of class will be available.

Audience: All new graduate students who will have a position as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) during the 2018-2019 academic year, including new international GTAs who may have attended the morning training. Those who do not have a GTA position, or who are unsure if they will, are also welcome to attend to gain skills for future teaching activities. Additionally, while this event is geared toward new GTAs, graduate students who are continuing with their degrees beyond their first year are also welcome to attend; please contact us directly to register.

Attendance is highly encouraged for all new GTAs. Some academic units requrie attendance. Please check with your program if you are unsure whether your attendance is required.

For more information or disability accommodations, contact Karen Hanson by August 15.

Group transportation for Social Security cards

Office of International Services (OIS) has arranged optional, free van transportation to the Social Security Administration (SSA) office in Albany, Oregon for graduate international students who are beginning employment as a graduate assistant (GRA or GTA) and do not yet have a Social Security number. International students need to show proof that they have applied for a social security card before starting work. Students will also need to make sure to upload copies of their visa documents in advance into Immigration Document Check-In (within New Student Orientation) in IP Connect, at https://ipconnect.oregonstate.edu.

In order to participate in this trip to the Social Security office, students need to come to the Office of International Services at one of the designated times with the following documents to complete the Immigration Document Check-in process and get their Social Security Verification Form signed by OIS.

Two check-in times on Friday, September 7: 8:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Check-in location: University Plaza, Suite 130

Documents:

  • The completed Social Security Verification Form, student and OSU employer sections must be completed & signed in advance (http://international.oregonstate.edu/sites/interna...)
  • Upload copies of document into Immigration Document Check-in (within New Student Orientation) in IP Connect (https://ipconnect.oregonstate.edu)
  • Proof of full registration for fall 2018
  • Your original valid passport
  • Your OSU I-20 or DS-2019
  • Current I-94 paper record (if electronic, you can get the record at https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov)
  • Your Graduate Assistant offer letter
  • For J-1s only – Employment Authorization letter from OIS or your J Program Sponsor

For more information or disability accommodations, contact the Office of International Services (OIS) by August 15.