International Student Orientation
The above images highlight the events of ISO 2011 and 2012
The Office of Multicultural Affairs will host International Student Orientation (ISO) from September 1 - 4, 2013. New international students who live abroad are invited to participate in the orientation. The program provides students who have not spent significant time in the United States the opportunity to become familiar with the campus, instructors, administrators, dorm faculty, advisers and other students before the start of the academic program. Students are introduced to Exeter's Harkness teaching method and to their new surroundings.
Take a look at our tentative schedule to see how we are planning to provide students with opportunities to familiarize themselves with the campus and to make new friends. Students from the International Student Advisory Board and current international students serve as leaders. Students are housed in temporary dormitory rooms during the orientation and move to their permanent rooms on the last night of orientation.
Parents are welcome to accompany new international students to the International Student Orientation. Workshops for parents and students will take place on Sunday, September 1, 2013. If parents are unable to accompany students to our orientation program, we will arrange for someone to meet students at either Logan International Airport or the Manchester, NH airport. Citizen's Bank will be on campus to open bank accounts. Sunday will conclude with a welcome dinner, casual dress. Parents are welcome to arrive with their students on Sunday and to remain in the area or to send the student first and join them in Exeter on Wednesday, September 4. The parent portion of the orientation will end on Sunday evening.
- The registration deadline for ISO is May 15. Interested students should contact Christine Knapp.
- Check-in for the International Student Orientation is between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon on Sunday, September 1, 2013 in the Phelps Academy Center on Tan Lane.
- If you need any assistance with your travel from either Boston's Logan Airport or the Manchester New Hampshire Airport, please contact Jan Trueman, our Transportation Coordinator. She will need your arrival information and can answer questions or concerns that you may have regarding transportation.
- We understand that families and students will arrive on Saturday, August 31. If your son or daughter will be traveling alone, please contact Jan Trueman and copy Christine Knapp to arrange for a pick-up at either Boston's Logan Airport or the Manchester, New Hampshire Airport (MHT). We will provide housing for students who are not accompanied by a parent on the night of August 31. If you have special needs for transportation to campus, please contact Jan Trueman and copy Christine Knapp.
- All Phillips Exeter Academy pick-ups are from the lower level of Terminal C at Logan Airport.
- View Visit NH online for information for those planning to visit the state.
- Order your free NH Visitor's Guide
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Packing and Logistics:
- Students should pack one small separate bag for the orientation. Students' larger bags will be delivered to their permanent dormitory room and they will not have access to those items until they move to their permanent room. Dress during the orientation is casual. Students should be prepared for cool evenings and variable New England weather.
- Students will need to plan to follow the dress code during the school year and to dress for New England weather when they pack their belongings. If you do not have winter clothing, there are busses to the mall in Newington and to Walmart on a weekly basis, and students can purchase winter items online from a variety of retailers.
- Our annual International Day will take place in early October. Please pack traditional dress to wear on this day when we celebrate the diverse nationalities that we have represented at the Academy. Students plan a cultural show that features a variety of dances and music from the parts of the globe represented in our student population. Bring your ideas and enthusiasm for this event.
The E Book is available on our website and includes information about packing and shipping belongings to campus. Click on the link for Parents on the website and look under Documents and Forms to find the link to the E Book. Just in case, here is a link to the E Book. Pages 29-30 explain what students may have in their rooms and the procedure for shipping belongings to campus.