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Welcome International Students of the University of the Arts!

As the director of International Student Programs, I am looking forward to helping you have a successful and rewarding college experience. Our International Student Orientation is designed to give you a smooth and enjoyable transition to your life in Philadelphia and at the University of the Arts.

Please review the provided information carefully, and send me your expected arrival date and time as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards,
Mara Flamm
Director, International Student Programs
mflamm@uarts.edu
215.717.6621

Mailing Address:
320 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Campus Address:
Gershman Hall, Room 412 (4th floor)
Corner of Broad Street & Pine Street

Monday, June 18 - Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Attend this orientation if you are beginning UArts' English as a Second Language Institute (ESLI) in the summer.

Monday, June 18
9:00 am – 5:00 pm Move in to UArts Dormitories and Check-in
  • On-Campus Students: International Orientation Leaders will meet you at your UArts Dormitory to help you move-in and escort you to the International Student Programs Office.
  • Off-campus students: Please report directly to International Student Programs, Gershman Hall, 401 South Broad Street (Broad Street between Lombard and Pine Street), 4th Floor, Room 412.
6:00 – 8:00 pm Welcome Dinner
Gershman Hall, Levitt Foyer, 3rd Floor
Tuesday, June 19
10:00 am – 1:00 pm English Placement Testing
Gershman Hall, Room 411
1:00 – 5:00 pm Trolley Tour of Philadelphia and Shopping at Ikea/Target
6:00 – 8:00 pm Dinner
More Than Just Ice Cream, 1119 Locust St (11th and Locust)
Wednesday, June 20
10:00 am – 1:00 pm Placement Meetings
Gershman Hall, 4th Floor
12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch
Gershman Hall, Levitt Foyer, 3rd Floor
2:00 – 4:00 pm Magic Gardens Tour (10th and South Street)
4:00 – 6:00 PM Dinner at Jim’s Steaks
Thursday, June 21
  ESLI Classes begin!
See your class schedule for times.

Monday, August 20 - Wednesday, August 23, 2018

Attend this orientation if you are beginning at UArts in the fall semester.

Monday, August 20
9:00 am – 5:00 pm Arrival and Move-In
  • On-Campus Students: REQUIRED for all students living in the Residence Halls and ESLI students
  • Off-Campus Students: Recommended for all off-campus International Students
  • All International Students:
    • Please arrive at Gershman Hall 401 South Broad Street (located on Broad Street between Pine and Lombard). Orientation Leaders will welcome you, help you check-in and escort you to your dormitory and International Student Programs Office.
    • Your Student ID will be ready if you have sent your photograph according to the instructions available at photoid.uarts.edu. If you were not able to send your photograph, we will prepare your ID when you arrive on campus.
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm International Dinner
Gershman Hall, Levitt Foyer, 3rd Floor
**REQUIRED for all students
6:45 pm Meet-up for Night Events
Hamilton Hall, Solmssen Court
*optional
Tuesday, August 21
9:00 – 10:00 am International Breakfast and Navigating UArts and Philadelphia
Location: Gershman Hall, Levitt Foyer, 3rd Floor
  • Overview of F-1 Visa Regulations and Document Registration
  • Strategies for Adapting to life in Philadelphia and at UArts
  • Stories and advice by current international students
10:00 am – 12:00 pm Navigating UArts and Philadelphia Continues
Location: Gershman Hall, 4th Floor, Room 414
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch
Location: Terra Dining Hall
1:00 – 5:00 pm Trolley Tour of Philly and Shopping Trip
Location: Meet in Gershman Hall lobby by 12:45pm
6:00 – 9:00 pm Dinner and Karaoke Dance Party
Location: Furness Courtyard and Solmssen Court
Wednesday, August 22
**All International Students MUST go to New Student Check-in and pick up information packet
New Student Orientation will begin on Wednesday, August 23, at Hamilton Hall (320 South Broad Street, at the corner of South Broad and Pine Streets).
10:00 am – 12:00 pm International Parents Brunch & Information Session
Location: Parc Restaurant (18th & Locust)
10:00 am – 3:00 pm English and Writing Proficiency Tests
**REQUIRED for most International students
10:00 am – 12:00 pm English Proficiency Test
Location: Gershman Hall, 4th Floor, Room 415
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch
Location: Gershman Hall, Levitt Foyer, 3rd Floor
1:00 – 3:00 pm Writing Test
Gershman Hall, 4th Floor, Room 415
3:00 – 4:00 pm New Student Check-in
Location: Hamilton Hall, Solmssen Court
*All International Students go to New Student Check-in and pick up information packet.

International Student Programs
Gershman Hall, Room 412
Mara Flamm: Director, International Student Programs
411 South Broad Street, Room 412
(Broad Street between Pine and Lombard Streets)
215.717.6621 / mflamm@uarts.edu

Report here for questions and updates regarding International Student Orientation

International Student Programs
Gershman Hall, Room 402
Melanie Boston: ESL Coordinator
215.717.6822 / mboston@uarts.edu

Report here for questions and updates regarding International Student Orientation

Student Affairs Office

Gershman Hall, Room 311
411 South Broad Street
(Broad Street between Pine and Lombard Streets)

Report here for questions and updates regarding International Student Orientation

Student Life/Residential Life Office
Gershman 302
411 South Broad Street
(Broad Street between Pine and Lombard Streets)

Student Health Services Center
Gershman 306
411 South Broad Street
(Broad Street between Pine and Lombard Streets)