How to Plan the Perfect International Student Orientation

How to Plan the Perfect International Student Orientation
How to Plan the Perfect International Student Orientation

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Your international student orientation must be constructed to help bring these unique students into your school’s fold. Discover how to focus on the student experience to ensure these students are comfortable, enriched, and ready to start their school experience on the right foot.

Most independent schools have an orientation program, but does it provide the best experience for your international students, while effectively onboarding them? International students have their own set of needs and requirements; the right orientation program that focuses on their unique experiences will ensure their successful assimilation into your school's culture.

An intentional focus on the student experience is a requirement to stay competitive in the international marketplace. Your orientation must be customized, thorough, and robust from the students’ perspective.

You'll learn how to:

  • Identify the best staff and faculty members to participate in and organize international student orientation.
  • Understand why it is important not to outsource your orientation.
  • Create an environment of inclusion that brings domestic and international students together to share part of the orientation process.
  • Identify international students' and parents’ expectations with regard to orientation programs.
  • Leverage established constituent relationships for participation.
  • Understand the minor shifts that will help you design a phenomenal orientation program for all.
  • Identify your timeline and garner the most support from current faculty and staff.
  • Outline next steps in planning the best activities.

This webinar is great for:

International Program Directors/Coordinators, Admission Directors and associates, Enrollment Managers, Development Directors and staff, PSDO/DSO teams, and Advancement teams.

Jacqueline M. Yamada

Jacqueline M. Yamada

ISM Consultant

Expertise

Jacqui, a former international student program coordinator and Principal Designated School Official (PDSO), has turned her work with international students into a model for governance of international student programs. She has expertise in international student enrollment, international program establishment, SEVIS compliance, homestay concerns, and international student relations.

Current Role

As an ISM Consultant, Jacqui shares recommended strategies for international student programs with private-independent school administrators. She teaches workshops, hosts webinars, and conducts on-site consultations to help schools create, bolster, and sustain international student enrollment programs.

Jacqui has presented at many industry association events, including TABS, NAIS, NBOA, SBSA, ISANNE, IECA, MISBO, and ICEF. She was also invited to participate in a NAFSA Summit Briefing by the U.S. State Department and Department of Education.

Prior Experience

Jacqui previously served as Director of International Programs and Principal Designated School Official (PDSO) for the Rocky Hill School, RI. She worked with SEVIS to keep her school in strict compliance with U. S. Homeland Security and Department of State. Jacqui has worked in the education field for 25 years.

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  • Cancellations received more than 15 business days prior to the start date of the program will be fully refunded. Gold Dollars will also be fully refunded.
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The Substitution Option and Wallet Option

Should an attendee need to cancel less than 15 days prior to the start date of the workshop, the school has two options to avoid penalty. Schools may also exercise these options at anytime for cancellations. 

  1. The school may substitute another employee.
  2. The school may bank the funds for a future ISM registration. These funds must be applied to a professional development event within one year from the start date of the original workshop. After one year, the funds will be forfeited. To use banked funds, please call the Professional Development Coordinator at 302-656-4944 x152.

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