New International Student and Scholar Orientation (NISSO)

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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 and scholars visiting the US with the F or J visa, students and scholars with U.S. citizenship or permanent residency who have lived abroad are welcome and encouraged to attend. 

Highlights:

  • 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 2019 SCHEDULE AND INFORMATION

Please check back periodically for updates on additional information for NISSO Fall 2019.

NISSO sessions are assigned according to college and academic program.

Undergraduate Colleges | Arrival Day: Wednesday, August 21, 2019

  • Claremont McKenna College
  • Pitzer College (degree-seeking students)
  • Pomona College
  • Scripps College

Graduate Colleges | More information forthcoming…

  • Claremont Graduate University
  • Keck Graduate Institute

Exchange Students | More information forthcoming…

  • Pitzer College (exchange students only)

SPECIALIZED PROGRAM AND ACTIVITIES

Our NISSO program is designed to make international students and scholars feel well-prepared for the transition to an American college setting. We at International Place believe the knowledge and connections students and scholars will gain during NISSO are invaluable, and we hope to be able to support them throughout their entire academic career in Claremont.

Peer-to-Peer Support from NISSO Leaders

Our NISSO Leaders are here to support new students and scholars make the smooth transition to life in Claremont, beginning with advice over the summer and a welcome at the airport.

Please check back later this summer for a detailed schedule of NISSO!


EARLY ARRIVAL FOR NISSO FALL 2019

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

International Place offers an optional, complimentary airport pickup service from Los Angeles and Ontario international airports to Claremont for new students who will be attending NISSO.

View Airport Pickup Service Schedule, Guidelines, & Other Transportation Options

Residence Hall Move-In for Undergraduate Students

All students attending the undergraduate colleges are required to move into their residence halls on Wednesday, August 21, and stay on-campus throughout NISSO.

New International Student Move-In and Check-In for the following campuses will take place between 10:00 AM and 8:00 PM on Wednesday, August 21.

    • Claremont McKenna College
    • Pitzer College (degree-seeking students)
    • Pomona College
    • Scripps College

Students and scholars attending one of the graduate campuses should secure their own permanent housing prior to arriving in Claremont for NISSO.


REGISTRATION – NISSO FALL 2019

Registration for NISSO Fall 2019 will open on May 1, 2019.


INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL PARENTS AND FAMILIES – NISSO FALL 2019

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
Information is forthcoming…

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.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

To view our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), please click here.