Important Dates

The Fall orientation program for international students lasts for three days prior to the opening of school for all new students. International students arrive one day prior to the beginning of orientation. Orientation is usually during the second to last week of August, from Wednesday through Friday. The College also sponsors a campus-wide orientation starting on Saturday before classes begin. The spring semester orientation may be a little shorter depending upon the number of student arrivals. Please pay attention to emails from the Roanoke International Office for confirmed dates.


The Roanoke College Orientation begins with an introduction and meeting the Administration of the college. Students meet with college officers in Residence Life, Student Affairs, Academic Services, Health, Fintel Library, and the business and registrar's offices. Each day there are intensive seminars on dealing with culture shock, American higher education and the nuances of American culture. New students receive their identity card and all meals and housing are included at no cost to the student during the orientation period. Current international students and American students with study abroad experience serve as student mentors. Group activities and field trips in the Roanoke area are included. 

International Student Guide

Our international student handbook provides details of life and studies at Roanoke College. Incoming students will receive access to the handbook ahead of their arrival.