Orientation Opportunities

The online Scholar Orientation guide contains useful information for new and current international Exchange Visitors and employees at Oregon State University. It is recommended that all scholars review the links and materials below before attending the mandatory scholar check-in upon arrival at OSU. If you have any questions, you can ask at that time or through email.

OSU International Scholar Online Orientation & Resources

Jump to the ISFS online guide to resources for international scholars and faculty at OSU.

National Postdoctoral Association (NPA)

The NPA provides many useful resources specifically for postdoctoral scholars. However, all international scholars and faculty may find topics on the NPA web site to be of great value especially the International Postdoc Survival Guide.

OSU New Employee Orientation Sessions for Staff and Faculty (Human Resources)

OSU Human Resources holds a monthly orientation session for new employees and hires. Most of the information presented will be helpful for all scholars even if they are not employed by OSU; just be aware that not all benefits, programs, or services may apply to your program category.

The New Employee Orientation sessions will present new staff and faculty with:

  • The "big picture" of OSU, including the organizational structure, and its mission and values
  • An understanding of the campus resources and services available to assist
  • The terms and conditions of employment
  • An overview of health and retirement benefits if employed

Getting Off to a Great Start (pdf)

OSU Human Resources made an integration guide for new OSU employees that all scholars could benefit from. The guide provides information about campus, benefit options, HR orientation, training opportunities, ideas for working with your supervisor, and self-guidance.

Research Office New Faculty Orientation

New faculty and researchers are invited to attend a one-day orientation meeting in October to learn about services which help research faculty be sucessful such as navigating rules and regulations, funding, and a panel discussion on working with Federal agencies.

First Year Online Orientation

Online orientation for first year students at Oregon State offer additional links and information for getting settled at OSU. Not all information or policies apply to the scholar population and is for informational purposes only.

Resource Guide (ISOSU & ISFS)

International Students of OSU (ISOSU) and International Student and Faculty Services (ISFS) worked together with other offices on campus to bring you the OSU Multicultural Resource Guide that you can use to find out about things that others have found helpful and/or are important to know about while you are here.

Mandatory Scholar Check-in and Orientation (ISFS)

All J-1 Exchange Visitors must check in with the International Scholars and Faculty Services (ISFS) within 30 days of the DS-2019 Program Start Date and arrival in the United States. Scholars will review their immigration documents and the rules and regulations of their J visa category.