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

NISSO sessions are assigned according to college and academic program.

Undergraduate NISSO
(August 22-24)

Claremont McKenna College Arrival Day: Wednesday, August 21 View the Undergraduate NISSO Schedule
Pitzer College
Pomona College
Scripps College

CGU NISSO
(August 16)

Claremont Graduate University Arrival Day: Monday, August 12 View the CGU NISSO Schedule

KGI NISSO
(August 21)

Keck Graduate Institute Arrival Day: Monday, August 12 or Friday, August 16 View the KGI NISSO Schedule

Pitzer Exchange NISSO
(August 26-28)

Pitzer College Exchange Program Arrival Day: Sunday, August 25

Please check back later this summer for detailed schedule information.


REGISTRATION – NISSO FALL 2019

Please register to:

  • Participate in NISSO
  • Request a complimentary airport pickup service
  • Move into your residence hall early (for undergraduates)

Click here to visit our NISSO Registration page

The final deadline to register for CMC, Pitzer, Pomona, & Scripps is on Monday, July 8, 2019.
The final deadline to register for CGU & KGI is on Monday, July 15, 2019.


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

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

All undergraduate students attending NISSO are required to move into their residence halls on Wednesday, August 21, and stay on-campus throughout NISSO. Unfortunately, no accommodations can be made for students who are not attending NISSO or arriving on a different date.

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


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
For family members of CMC, Pitzer, Pomona, and Scripps
Thursday, August 22, 2019
1:30 – 3:30 PM
Registration is required

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.

Claremont Graduate University – CGU New Student Orientation Page
Claremont McKenna College – CMC Orientation Page
Harvey Mudd College – HMC International Orientation Page
Keck Graduate Institute – KGI International Students Page
Pitzer College – Pitzer New Student Orientation Page | Pitzer Exchange Programs Page
Pomona College – Pomona New Student Orientation 2019 Page
Scripps College – Scripps New Student Programs and Orientation 2019 Page


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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