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The Bechtel International Center will be closed on Fridays from June 14th to September 3rd.

Orientation for Graduate Students

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The 2024 New International Graduate Student Orientation takes place Monday, September 9 to Friday, September 20 at Bechtel International Center. We look forward to seeing you there! 

View 2024 Orientation Schedule -- Coming Soon!

The Details

  • Orientation begins Monday, September 9.
  • All orientation events take place in person at Bechtel International Center.
  • If you can't make the first week, don't worry! All sessions repeat during the second week.
  • All new international graduate students are required to attend a Maintaining Legal Status session in order to have your enrollment hold removed. The content for each session is identical, so you only need to attend one. Select whichever session best fits your schedule. No registration is required. Maintaining Legal Status sessions begin on Tuesday, August 27 and are offered until the second day of the fall 2024 quarter.

The Fun

  • Dinners featuring world foods from Palo Alto restaurants. Tickets are limited and sold at orientation.
  • Bus tours of the San Francisco - Bay Area during the orientation weekends.
  • Welcome reception featuring food, music and prizes during the second week of orientation. This event is free.
  • International karaoke night.

Informative Sessions

  • Transplants Taking Root: Skills and Resources for Mental Health and Well-Being at Stanford
  • F-1 & J-1 Employment in the United States
  • ... and more!


Browse this list of resources from the 2023 new student orientation for graduate international students while we plan the 2024 orientation: