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Miami University International Student Orientation

Welcome, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Cohort of International Students!

Missed a past newsletter? Read previous Orientation Newsletters
In this issue, read about:
  • Are You Planning to Attend In-Person Orientation?
  • Living on Campus and Early Move-In
  • U.S. Healthcare and Health Insurance
  • Phones and Technology 
  • Academic Support Resources

Are You Planning to Attend In-Person Orientation?

Reminder that all international students arriving to Miami for the first time are encouraged to register for the in-person orientation taking place August 17-19. After completing the in-person orientation registration form, students can update their information anytime.
Complete/Update Registration for Optional In-Person Orientation
ipols leading a group of new students through campus
You are encouraged to use the ISSS transportation option for your arrival to campus so that you can be guided through the arrival process by International Peer Orientation Leaders (iPOLs).  
Register for Transportation from Airport to Campus on August 16
Please complete the in-person orientation form and transportation registration by August 1. Also be sure to submit your "Fall 2021 Study Plan Confirmation" in InterLink before your arrival. 
If you have questions and want more information about campus life, COVID testing, vaccinations, and/or health and safety in general, please consider attending the pre-orientation webinar on Friday, July 16, 2021 at 8:00 AM, EDT. 
Please be sure to keep checking the Online Orientation Canvas Modules and your email address regularly and send any questions to 
Register for Pre-orientation Session on Campus Life and Safety

Living On Campus and Early Move-In

You should review your housing assignment and other information about living on campus. Students will soon receive information about move-in details. If you are not participating in the in-person orientation, but plan on moving in early, then you will need to request Fall pre-semester housing

Overview of the U.S. Healthcare System 

Heath Insurance

All international students studying in person will be automatically enrolled in the Miami University Aetna Student Health PlanThe health insurance requirement helps to protect students from the high cost of healthcare in the United States. Please review more health insurance information here

Phones and Technology

hand holding phone looking at Miami's seal
All unlocked, GSM-ready phones will work in the U.S. once you activate a SIM card after your arrival. You can order a SIM card and set up a U.S. phone number before your arrival through CampusSIMS/Mint Mobile. Students can also receive a SIM card when they arrive to campus. Or, after arrival you can set up phone service through the MiTech Campus Store or at other stores in Oxford.
The MiTech Campus Store also has a Miami Student Laptop Program. If you plan to bring a laptop computer or electronic device from home, consider U.S. electrical outlets and charging compatibilities. 
More packing suggestions will be shared in the next orientation newsletter. In the meantime, review the following top tech apps for Miami. 
Duo Security (two factor authentication)

Cbord Mobile ID

 (local buses)

Rave Guardian
 (campus safety)

Miami University Events

 (room access and ordering campus dining)

Did you know? 

Miami's Academic Support Resources
During your studies at Miami, there may be moments when you need to utilize additional resources to ensure high-quality academic work. Several campus resources are available to you at no cost as a student. 
students in Rinella Learning Cener
students in writing center
The Rinella Learning Center
offers learning assessments, academic counseling and coaching, academic interventions, a study strategies course, a workshop series on effective study strategies, individual and group tutoring in high-demand subjects, and other specialized services.

There are two writing centers at Miami. The Howe Writing Center and English Language Learner Writing Center recognize that all writers have more to learn and provide free support to Miami students.  The Howe Writing Center offers help with academic, personal, and professional writing at any stage in the writing process, from brainstorming to polishing. The ELL Writing Center offers more specialized help for students whose first language is not English and who need particular assistance with grammar, word usage, style, and punctuation. 

Contact International Student and Scholar Services

Phone: +1-513-529-8600

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