New International Student and Scholar Orientation, also known as “NISSO”, is a program hosted by International Place that is designed for incoming students or scholars who have lived outside of the U.S. for at least some part of their lives.
While NISSO is a requirement for students with a visa, students and scholars with U.S. citizenship or permanent residency who have lived abroad are welcome and encouraged to attend.
- Information and guidance tailored to an international perspective
- Opportunity to settle into life on campus early
- Complimentary airport pickup service (*registration required)
- Peer-to-peer support from current international students
- Advice from future professors and administrators
- Interaction with the larger international student community at The Claremont Colleges
NISSO FALL 2018 SCHEDULE
Sessions are assigned below according to college level and program.
|Undergraduate Students “5C NISSO”
|Claremont McKenna College||Arrival Day: Tuesday,
|View the 5C NISSO Schedule|
|Harvey Mudd College|
|Claremont Graduate University||Arrival Day: Monday,
|View the CGU NISSO Schedule|
|Keck Graduate Institute||Arrival Day: Friday,
|View the KGI NISSO Schedule|
|Pitzer Exchange Students
|Pitzer College Exchange Program||Arrival Day: Saturday,
EARLY ARRIVAL FOR NISSO
Get to know your new home away from home before the rest of the students arrive on campus!
Attending NISSO gives international students extra time to:
- Become familiar with campus (classrooms, dining halls, etc.)
- Adjust to time zone change
- Engage with the Claremont Colleges international community before classes begin
Complimentary Airport Pickup Service
Residence Hall Move-In for Undergraduate Students
All students from the 5 undergraduate colleges* are required to move into their residence halls on Tuesday, August 21, and stay on-campus throughout NISSO.
Please view the 5C NISSO Schedule & Information page for more details.
Support for Graduate and Exchange Students: CFIS Host Family Program
Graduate and exchange students are not guaranteed on-campus housing during NISSO. However, they have the option to participate in the CFIS Host Family Program.
Register by Monday, July 9, to:
- Participate in NISSO
- Request a complimentary airport pickup service
- Move into the residence hall early (undergraduates only)
- Request participation in the CFIS Host Family Program (graduate and PIT exchange students only)
Please note: The deadline to register for the Airport Pickup Service and the CFIS Host Family Program for Fall 2018 has passed.
INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL PARENTS AND FAMILIES
International Place of The Claremont Colleges recognizes that parents and family are an important part of the international student experience. For this reason, we offer an orientation session customized for the international parents and family members accompanying our incoming international students and scholars to NISSO.
International Parent and Family Orientation Session
Wednesday, August 22, 12:00 – 2:00 PM
RSVP here by July 30
Please view the International Parent and Family page for more information for parents and families.
COLLEGE-SPECIFIC NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION
Note that, in addition to the New International Student and Scholar Orientation (NISSO), each of The Claremont Colleges hosts mandatory college-specific orientation programs and information for new students. Contact your College’s Dean of Students Office for more information, or click on the link to your college below.
Claremont Graduate University: Tuesday, August 28
Claremont McKenna College: Sunday, August 26
Harvey Mudd College: Wednesday, August 29
Keck Graduate Institute : Wednesday, August 22
Pitzer College: Saturday, August 25
Pomona College: Saturday, August 25
Scripps College: Wednesday, August 29
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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