Welcome


Congratulations on being accepted to a graduate program at Biola University. We are excited you have chosen to be part of our community in pursuit of your higher education. Here in Global Student Programs and Development, we hope to make your transition to Biola University as smooth as possible. In order to do so, as a new graduate student we ask that you complete the following steps: 

ORIENTATION:  

Make note of the orientation times and dates for your program.  Contact your school if you are unsure of the dates and times.

HOUSING:

Biola has housing options for graduate students. Click here to see your options: http://www.biola.edu/offices/auxiliaryservices/gradmarried/. Once you decide on your housing, confirm your move-in date and procedure. (Don’t delay- these housing options fill up fast!)  

If you don’t want to live in Biola housing, there are other community options: http://studentlife.biola.edu/commuters/off-campus/off-campus-resources/

If you still can not find something that fits your needs, or need more personal assistance, please contact our office and we can assist you.  globalstudentservices@biola.edu

If you arrive in California at an earlier date and need a hotel, Biola recommends these local accomodations: http://undergrad.biola.edu/tour/accommodations/

 

TRAVEL:  

Make your travel arrangements to fly into LAX.  We will do our best to helpf find transportation for you. If you arrive in California at an earlier date and need a hotel, Biola recommends these local accomodations: http://undergrad.biola.edu/tour/accommodations/

SHIFT:  

Once you have your housing and travel plans, sign up for this service.  This program serves to assist you in your transition to life in California and Biola University.  Once you fill out this form, we will pair you with a community member who may assist you in the following ways: 

  • Transportation from airport
  • Orientation to Biola campus
  • Obtaining Biola ID card
  • Checking into housing
  • Information on banking services
  • Information on cell phone services 
  • Information on DMV services
  • Orientation to La Mirada community, including nearby stores for supplies
  • Mentoring during your transition

Once you have signed up for SHIFT, we will make arrangements for you. We will send you information on your SHIFT partner and what to expect. New Global Graduate Information

NOTE: If you do not sign up for SHIFT you are responsible for your own transportation and transitional needs.  

ENGAGE:  

Once you are here, we have many opportunities for you to get involved. Click here to find out more.

Any questions?  

Please do not hesitate to contact us: globalstudentservices@biola.edu

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