International Student Pre-Orientation Program (ISPOP)

Welcome Class of 2026 & Transfer Students

Incoming students: please check your Dartmouth email for current information about the International Student Pre-Orientation Program.

ISPOP 2022 check-in will open at 9:00AM on August 29th, followed by optional but encouraged programming that evening. Students will receive a full schedule at check-in, which can also be downloaded here as an ISPOP22 Student Schedule PDF.

For general questions, please email International.Student.Advising@dartmouth.edu.

Don't forget to join us in the Dartmouth International Students Class of 2026 Facebook Group and follow us on Instagram @dartmouth.ism!

Monday August 29

9:00 am - 10:00 pm - ISPOP22 Check In
Collis Center for Student Involvement

Check in with staff from the Office of Pluralism and Leadership (OPAL) to receive your ISPOP22 Resource Packet, DartCard (student identification card), residence hall room key, and take-home rapid antigen tests. Complete a rapid test before continuing with your day!

9:00 am - 4:30 pm - Mail/Parcel Pick Up
Hinman Mail Center - Hopkins Center for the Arts

After checking in to ISPOP22 and receiving your DartCard, you'll be able to go to the Hinman Mail Center and pick up anything you mailed to campus.

9:00 am - 4:00 pm Computer Store Pick Up
Computer Store - McNutt Hall, Basement

Did you order a computer through the Dartmouth Computer Store? Remember to pick it up! Staff from Information, Technology, and Consulting (ITC) will be available during tomorrow's Resource Fair to help you get it all set up.

11:00 am - 4:00 pm - Lunch
Class of 1953 Commons

Hungry after the traveling and moving into your room? Stop by for a meal at the Class of 1953 Commons – you will receive a meal card during check in.

6:30 pm - Welcome Dinner
Collis Center for Student Involvement

Enjoy a community dinner with other International '26s!

8:00 pm - ISPOP22 Opening Night
Collis Center

Welcome to Dartmouth – we're SO excited to meet you in person! To start off the 2022 International Student Pre-Orientation Program, join us for a welcome event to meet all your mentors and your fellow international '26s over trivia, karaoke, and more throughout Collis. You'll even have a chance to make s'mores – graham cracker + marshmallow + chocolate – melted together into sweet, gooey goodness!

Tuesday, August 30

8:30 am - 10:30 am - ISPOP22 Check In
Collis Center

If you arrived after 10:00 pm on Monday, August 29, you will need to stop by the Collis Patio check in with OPAL staff to receive your ISPOP22 Resource Packet, DartCard, residence hall room key, and take-home rapid antigen tests. Complete a rapid test before continuing with your day!

9:00 am - Breakfast
Class of 1953 Commons

Find the Mentors and your fellow International '26s if you're in search of breakfast buddies! If you need to retrieve any parcels from the Hinman Mail Center or your new computer from the Computer Store, this is the time.

10:00 am - Being Safe & Secure on Campus
Black Family Visual Arts Center, Loew Auditorium

What if you're locked out of your room? Seen those blue lights on campus and wondered what they're for? How can you prevent a bicycle from riding away on its own? What is a "Good Sam"? Keiselim Montás, Director of the Department of Safety and Security (DoSS), will answer these questions and more.

11:00 am - Mentor Connections No. 1
Mentor Choice!

Welcome to Dartmouth – we're SO excited you're here! This is an opportunity to meet your International Student Mentor and others in your Mentor Group. Check in with your Mentor for a specific meeting location.

12:30 pm - Lunch
Class of 1953 Commons

Explore the lunch options at '53 Commons, meet some international students outside of your mentor group, and chat with another member of the International Student Mentor team! If you need to retrieve any parcels from the Hinman Mail Center or your new computer from the Computer Store, this is the time.

1:30 - 4:30 pm - Travel Signatures with OVIS
Collis Center, Patio

To obtain your travel signature, complete your F-1 check in e-form with OVIS. Bring your original I-20 to the OVIS table on the Collis Center Patio at the scheduled time for your Mentor group:

 - Hsu Hay 1:30 pm
 - Ivy 1:40 pm
 - Jake 1:50 pm
 - Jay 2:00 pm
 - Jonathan 2:10 pm
 - Paulina 2:20 pm
 - Preston 2:30 pm
 - Selena 2:40 pm
 - Shayne 2:50 pm
 - Thomas 3:00 pm
 - Abdibaset 3:10 pm
 - Ahnaf 3:20 pm
 - Barbara 3:30 pm
 - Claire 3:50 pm
 - Constance 4:00 pm
 - Federico 4:20 pm
 - Garima 4:30 pm

1:30 pm - Campus Drop-Ins & Resource Fair
Various Locations & Collis Center, 101

Interested in learning more about different campus resources? The following offices are hosting drop-ins and tiny tours of their spaces: Academic Skills Center, Health Service, Libraries, Student Wellness Center, and Undergraduate Deans Office. Sign up at http://dartgo.org/ispop22-campus.

Additionally, you can stop by the resource fair – no appointment needed. No longer will you miss WhatsApp messages or be forced to keep cash in your room. There will be representatives from Bank of America, Citizens Bank, New England Wireless (US Cellular), and BeMobile Verizon. The New Hampshire Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will also have information about obtaining a driver license. Did you buy a computer from the Computer Store and want to get it set up? ITC will also be present to help!

If you need to retrieve any parcels from the Hinman Mail Center or your new computer from the Computer Store, this is also a time to do so before they close at 4:00 pm.

BREAK - Prepare for the Banquet & Talent Show

Time to relax, settle into your room, do some last-minute rehearsing for the Talent Show, perhaps put on a favorite outfit (casual, stylish, or dressy – you decide!). Come as you are, performer or spectator, and regardless of outfit!

5:30 pm - International Student Banquet & Talent Show
Hopkins Center, Alumni Hall

The final dinner of the program is with your fellow '26s and some of the most wonderful friends of International Student Pre-Orientation Program, paired with a cherished memory of all Dartmouth international students: The ISPOP Talent Show. Are you a vocalist? Able to wiggle your ears? Have a bad joke to tell? All are welcomed and encouraged to participate in this showcase of your international student peers! Sign up in advance to perform: http://dartgo.org/26talent

8:00 pm - Outdoor Movie – Minions: Rise of Gru
Collis Center, Patio

Enjoy a free screening of Minions: The Rise of Gru (2022) with your peers and the Mentors – there will be a seat for you, so please join!

Wednesday, August 31

9:00 am - Breakfast
Class of 1953 Commons

Find the Mentors and your fellow International '26s if you're in search of breakfast buddies! If you need to retrieve any parcels from the Hinman Mail Center or your new computer from the Computer Store, this is the time.

10:00 am - Office of Visa & Immigration Services (OVIS) Check-In & Associated Sessions
Life Sciences Center, Oopik Auditorium

Checking in with the Office of Visa & Immigration Services (OVIS) is a REQUIRED session. Any conflicts with this session must be immediately shared with OVIS by emailing ovis@dartmouth.edu.

12:00 noon - Mentor Connections No. 2
Mentor Choice!

All good things must come to an end, and unfortunately, ISPOP22 is one of them. Before you go off to enjoy New Student Orientation, one more meeting with your mentor group to answer any lingering questions and set a date for the next meet-up to keep in touch.

Frequently Asked Questions

The International Student Mentoring and Pre-Orientation Programs (ISMP and ISPOP, respectively) are coordinated by International Student Advising within the Office of Pluralism and Leadership (OPAL). We have compiled some of the most frequently asked questions over the years. 

Should you have further questions after reviewing this page and messages from the ISMP/ISPOP Core Staff, please email International.Student.Advising@dartmouth.edu. We ask you to allow 3-5 business days for a response in July and August as we work to prepare for your arrival.

Read the ISPOP Frequently Asked Questions.

    Important Resources for International Students

    The following are links to important information for international students preparing to attend Dartmouth. You will receive more detailed information after you arrive.  

    Visa and Immigration Services

    Travel Resources

    After Your Arrival