Global Griffin Experience – International Student Orientation

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Welcome to the Global Griffin Experience!

By choosing Fontbonne University, you have not just chosen an educational experience, but you are joining the Fontbonne Family!

The Global Griffin Experience is designed to help you prepare for classes and acclimate to studying and living in St. Louis and the United States. This orientation is required for all new international students.

Click through the links below to read and learn specific details about your upcoming Global Griffin Experience orientation and how to plan for your travel to Fontbonne.

Orientation Dates and Details

Tuesday, Aug. 20 – Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019

Fontbonne University
6800 Wydown Boulevard
Saint Louis, Missouri, USA 63105-3043

East Building, First Floor, Room 116
Building 2

The Office of International Affairs strives to provide new international students like you with all the information you need to know in order to start your journey as easily as possible. 

At the Global Griffin Experience, you will be introduced to Fontbonne, St. Louis and the United States. You will meet fellow international and American students; take placement tests (if applicable); register for courses; learn about immigration regulations, campus life, tuition billing; and get prepared for success on the first day of class.

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Next Steps

Schedule of events for our upcoming Global Griffin Experience
Meet the Staff of the Office of International Affairs and ESL
Learn more about your orientation and first semester transition leaders!
Get details on how to prepare for your visa interview and to enter the USA
Meet the Staff of the Office of International Affairs and ESL
If you plan to live in On Campus Housing, transportation from the airport may be arranged on an as-needed basis.
Things to consider when moving to Saint Louis: public transportation, driving, cost of living, and On Campus versus off campus Housing.
Outdoor view of campus buildings.
Learn about paying tuition and your tuition deposit here!
Learn about winter weather in St. Louis and how to best prepare.
Make sure you bring your OFFICIAL transcripts and diploma/degree to the United States for authentication and verification.
Learn about REQUIRED health insurance and immunizations/vaccinations.
Learn more about placement testing and registering for courses. You must arrive on time to obtain your appointment!
Want to plan your academic calendar? Learn more here about important dates for Spring 2019.
Here is a small sample of all the events and activities you have to look forward to for Spring 2019!
Take a look at this important list of things to do before you depart your home country.

Contact Us

Questions? We’re here to help you. Contact Jessica Hylton, International Academic Advisor, or the Office of International Affairs.


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