International Student Orientation
Every semester the Office of International Programs hosts an orientation specifically for International students. In the fall, this takes place the weekend before the regular University orientation. During International Orientation you will:
- Obtain essential immigration, class registration and student services info
- Meet Cultural Ambassadors
- Meet with important departments such as Health Services and English as a Second Language
- Learn more about Duquesne and the city of Pittsburgh
- Enjoy fun activities on and off campus!Orientation Dates:
Fall Semester Orientation will be: August 13, 2015
A PDF Schedule will be posted over the summer with exact activities. We will also alert you through email.
MORNING: Breakfast, Computers/Technology at Duquesne, Campus Safety, Health Requirements
MID-MORNING: Resource fair: Get your cell phones, your bank account, learn about student organizations, meet representatives from your department, and more..
AFTERNOON: Program-specific breakout sessions (Graduate, Undergraduate, and ESL)
The schedule generally follows this pattern:
Day 1: Formal Orientation, tours of campus, immigration workshops, how to register for classes, ESL placement test, health services, etc
Day 2: Shopping (we provide transportation) for your school supplies and dormitory supplies. In the afternoon, an International Picnic for you to relax and meet other new students
Day 3: Student-led tours of Pittsburgh Neighborhoods, including Downtown, Southside, Oakland, Shadyside, etc. This day is optional but a great chance to learn how to take the bus and what the different neighborhoods are like.
Check out our Predeparture Orientation Videos - You will find a lot of useful information to help you prepare for your arrival to campus.
All international students (undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and ESL) are expected to attend International Orientation. No registration is necessary for this event; if you have confirmed that you will be a Duquesne student, then you are automatically signed up for orientation. If you cannot attend this mandatory orientation, please email Anna Harrison as soon as possible.
We can provide you with free temporary housing during this event. You should bring your own sheets/bedding. Meals are available but you will have to purchase meals on your own at our dining halls (or at restaurants in Downtown Pittsburgh).
Additional Orientations: Graduate students will have their individual department orientations, following International Orientation. Incoming freshmen/transfer undergraduates also have the opportunity to participate in the University orientation which takes place the week after International Orientation.
Useful Documents (please check back before the start of each semester for important updates and/or changes):
- "New Student Welcome Brochure"
- "Your Next Steps Brochure" (sent with your I-20 packet)
- Hotel Recommendations (if you have friends or family accompanying you)
- Fall 2012 English as a Second Language testing policy
- Health Services Important Requirements
Transportation and Arrival - see additional page on Airport Transportation
Yellow Cab - You will find taxis outside of the Baggage Claim area of Pittsburgh airport. The cost is approx $50-$60 and it will take about 30 minutes.
Bus - The 28X bus will bring you to The Blvd of the Allies Footbridge (Duquesne). The cost is $2.60 (exact change is needed) and it will take 40 minutes to get to Duquesne. Please note: There are several steps to walk up to arrive onto Duquesne’s campus so you may prefer a yellow cab.
SuperShuttle - You can go to the blue Supershuttle counter at the airport (near the car rental booths inside) and take a supershuttle to Duquesne - it will be about $25 one way. You are placed in a car with other passengers going in the same direction.