Undergraduate Orientation


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 (GSPD), we hope to make your transition to Biola University as smooth as possible. Therefore, we are providing a free Global Student Orientation for all global students. At this orientation you will meet faculty, staff and other global students, spend some quality time in and around Biola university, and get prepared to engage with others in the Biola community. Please note- This orientation is required for all new global students. 

Take part in this super fun, but also informative week especially designed for new Global Students. We consider Global Students to be both F1-visa students as well as US passport holders that have spent a significant time of their lives living abroad (MKs, TCKs, etc.)  This orientation is FREE, but you must register for it by August 9, 2015.  Click here to register:  New Global Student Orientation Registration

 We encourage you to fly into Los Angeles Airport (LAX) on Monday, August 17th before 3pm.  If you fly in before 3pm, we would be happy to pick up at the airport, free of charge.  Also, if you fly in before that, there are nearby hotels you can stay at.  For more details, please see:  Hotel Accommodations

 

 

 

 

New Global Student Orientation Schedule

Parents are welcome at certain events throughout the week. Look for the # symbol.

Monday, August 17

9:00 am- 5:00 pm                            Check in  #                    Mosaic Cultural Center

Come to the Mosaic Cultural Center during these hours to check in with Global Student Programs and Development (GSPD).  There you will be greeted by our Global Student leaders and provided with a Global Student Ambassador who will help you with the following:

  • Going to the Housing office to get your dorm key
  • Getting your Biola ID card
  • Helping you find your dorm
  • Answering your questions about the schedule for Global Student Orientation and Biola.                                            

5:30 pm- 7:30 pm                  Welcome Dinner      #         Andrews Banquet Room

Join us for a special dinner to welcome you to our campus.  At this dinner you will meet important staff members as well as mingle with other new global students. (Please note- you must pre-register for this event!)                  

 7:30 pm- 9:30 pm    Transportation & Shopping Experience         Off-Campus

Biola has a free shuttle that will take you to movies, shopping, and restaurants off-campus.  Join us to experience this route, for your future reference.  Also, if you need to buy supplies for your dorm room, we will be stopping at a great store called TARGET.  Bring your money and your shopping list!

Tuesday, August 18

8:00 am- 9:00 am            Check in and Breakfast  #               Café Banquet Room (CBR)

Join us for a hot breakfast in the Café Banquet Room.  This will be our “home base” for the rest of the week. 

9:00 am- 9:30 am                          Welcome #                                           CBR

Meet key people who will be part of your Biola experience….

9:30 am- 10:00 am                    Global Worship #                                 CBR

Let’s center our hearts on the Lord as we begin this journey together….

10:00 am – 11:00 am            Safety and Emergencies      #                   CBR

In every new environment, we need to be aware of how to stay safe!  We will cover topics like:

  • Campus Safety
  • Health Center
  • Earthquakes
  • Active-Shooters
  • Ambulances and 911
  • Driving

11:00 am- 12:00 pm                        Campus Tour #                All around campus

Get acquainted with the Biola Campus during this tour given by our Global Student Leaders.  Pay attention…there will be a campus challenge later in the day!

12:00 pm- 1:00 pm                            Lunch  #                                      Dining Hall

Enjoy lunch in the Dining Hall with your new global friends!

 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm                     Campus Challenge                       All around campus

Take part in this fun competition around campus….winners get a cool prize!

 2:00 pm- 3:00 pm                            Split Session                           CBR & Marshburn 4

  • F-1 Visa students:  Immigration Seminar in CBR
  • U.S. Passport holders:  Meeting in Marshburn 4

 3:00 pm- 6:00 pm                            FREE TIME

During this time we encourage you to make any appointments you need to, such as:

  • Admissions
  • Financial Aid
  • Your academic department
  • Health Center

Or just take a nap….. or play some soccer….or read a book….It’s FREE time!  J

 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm                              Dinner                                               CBR

Join us back in CBR for dinner together before we have a lot of fun at….

 7:00 pm- 9:30 pm                             Game Night                                 Collegium

This is soooo much fun!   You won’t want to miss it!

Wednesday, August 19

 8:00 am- 9:00 am                   Check in and Breakfast                               CBR

Join us for a hot breakfast in the Café Banquet Room, our home base!

 9:00 am- 10:30 am                    Academic Resources                               CBR

During this super important session, we will learn about:

  • Textbooks
  • Learning Center
  • Writing Center
  • Global Student Writing Workshops
  • Academic Advising
  • Online Resources

10:30 am- 9:00 pm                   Santa Monica Day                             Off Campus

Join us for a fun day of exploring both city and beach during this off-campus event.  We will take a bus from Biola to the city of Santa Monica.  In Santa Monica, we will explore the city downtown through a scavenger hunt.  After the scavenger hunt, choose a restaurant to have lunch at with your new friends (Please note- you need to bring money for this lunch.  We suggest $8-10).  After lunch, explore the pier with your friends or go shopping.  Your choice!  Then around 3pm, find us on the beach next to the pier.  We will have sports, activities, and dinner together on the beach. For this day, we suggest you bring:

Good walking shoes

Beach clothes

Sunscreen

Swimsuit and towel (if you want to jump in the Pacific Ocean)

Money for lunch and extra for shopping (if you would like)

Jacket/Sweatshirt for the evening

 

Thursday, August 20

 8:00 am- 9:00 am                    Check in and Breakfast                           CBR

Join us for a hot breakfast in the Café Banquet Room….

 9:00 am- 10:00 am                    Global Worship                                       CBR

Let’s center our hearts on the Lord as we sing and pray together…

 10:00 am – 11:00 am            Getting involved @ Biola                           CBR

We will cover topics such as:

  • Activities
  • Clubs
  • Internships/Jobs
  • Global Student Support

11:00 am- 12:00 pm              Global Student Stories                                CBR

We will hear from multiple global students in our community about their experiences at Biola.  We hope that this time will give you some perspective and some people to identify with. 

 12:00pm- 1:00pm                Lunch with Alumni Relations     Fireplace Pavilion

Alumni relations will be sponsoring a fun BBQ lunch for us.  This is a time to get to know what it means to be an “Alumni for Life”.  Plus, you can get your picture taken with the Biola Mascot Eagle.

 1:00pm- 2:00pm                      What to expect- SOS                                 CBR

Starting Friday, the campus will no longer just be ours….you will want to be prepared, so let’s talk about it! 

 2:00pm- 6:00pm                              FREE TIME

During this time we encourage you to make any appointments you need to, such as:

  • Admissions
  • Financial Aid
  • Your academic department
  • Health Center

Or just take a nap….. or play some soccer….or read a book….It’s FREE time!  J

 6:00pm- 7:00pm                              Dinner                                                      CBR

Join us back in CBR for our final dinner together before we have fun at….

 7:00 pm- 9:30 pm                       Movie Night                                                  CBR

This is soooo much fun!   You won’t want to miss it!

 Friday, August 21

9:30 -11:30 am                     Global Families Brunch #                  Andrews Banquet Hall

All Global families are invited to this fun and delicious time together.  Come for a chance to meet other global families, enjoy a global meal, and hear from our globally-minded President, Dr. Barry Corey.  (Please note- you must pre-register for this event!)       

12:00 -1:00 pm                    Global Parent’s Info Meeting #                Talbot East 108

Parents are invited to meet the Directors of Parent Relations and Global Student Programs, as well as ask any pertinent questions they have about their students’ time at Biola. 

 

New Global Student Orientation is official finished.  Please look at your SOS schedule for events occurring over the weekend.

 

 

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