International Students

Welcome to Stony Brook University!  All new international students will participate in a two-part orienation.  Both part I and part II are required for all students. 

Orientation Part I
Orientation Part I is designed to familiarize you with aspects of US Education and Culture and takes place over a series of days.  You will meet with an Academic Advisor who will help you put together your class schedule for the semester, complete an Intake Interview and learn about US Immigration regulations necessary to maintain your immigration status.  Also scheduled are campus tours, workshops, and cultural exchange programs and shopping trips for students who require basic supplies such as blankets and linens.  Orientation Part I takes place in the summer (fall admitted students) and in the winter (spring admitted students).

To receive an orientation date
In order to receive an orientation date, you should log on to the SOLAR system. Here you can accept your admission by:

    • paying your tuition deposit online
    • paying your housing deposit (if applicable) 
    • paying your orientation fee
    • completing the New Student Preferences form 

How to prepare for orientation

    • TRANSFER STUDENTS, please click on the following links to complete your preparation for orientation: Orientation Checklist for transfer students.
    • FIRST-YEAR (freshmen) STUDENTS, please click on the following link to complete your preparation for orientation: Freshmen Orientation Checklist.

        For new undergraduate international students beginning in the fall 2015 semester: 

    • Orientation Part I is required and will take place August 17-20. In addition, all new international students must attend Orientation Part II from August 21-23.
    • If you are living on campus, you may arrive on campus and move into your residence hall on Sunday, August 16.
    • All new international students must attend orientation each day from August 17 through August 20. In order to register for classes and prepare for the start of classes, it is important that you plan to arrive for the first day of orientation on August 17.
    • Classes begin on Monday, August 24.

Orientation Part II
Orientation Part II, also known as Experience Stony Brook, focuses on getting acclimated to the University climate, culture, and community. Experience Stony Brook takes place during the weekend before the beginning of the semester. Students who do not attend Experience Stony Brook will automatically be enrolled in the ROME (Required Orientation Makeup Experience) course.