International Student Orientation

International Student Orientation is a week full of activities, new friendships, and preparations to start your life at Bemidji State. As such, we require all new international students to attend the full orientation session in order to attend classes.

The International Student Orientation includes the following services:

  • Math assessment and class placement recommendations
  • Academic American English assessment
  • Review of immigration regulations
  • Visit with local banking representatives
  • Health and wellness advising
  • Introduction to American culture
  • Registration for classes
  • Student activities and on-campus involvement
  • Much more!

Fall 2023 International Student Orientation

Pre-orientation resources will be made available online in D2L/Brightspace starting on Monday, July 10th. The mandatory in-person orientation begins August 14th. Plan to arrive on or just prior to Sunday, August 13th.

Housing Accommodations

We recommend that all new international students live on campus their first year. This is a requirement for all international students under age 21.  For more information on student housing on campus visit the Department of Residential Life.

To Apply for Housing

As soon as you receive your Welcome packet, you can sign up for a residence hall room. Once you know your arrival date in Bemidji, you may wish to contact the Department of Residential Life to request early check-in. If available, Residential Life will notify you of the cost and dates available.


It is essential that you arrive in Bemidji on or just before the recommended arrival date (Sunday, August 13 for Fall 2023) to ensure your attendance at the Orientation program.

References for when you arrive in Bemidji: