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Global Griffin Experience

International Student Orientation

When you join Fontbonne University, you receive more than just an educational experience — you become part of 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. It will be held on Fontbonne’s campus August 18–23, 2020.

Next Steps

Explore the resources below to learn more about the Global Griffin Experience and how to prepare for your arrival.

Schedule of events for our upcoming Global Griffin Experience
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!
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 the International Affairs office at


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