ISS Welcome Events

Students socializing

Welcome Week

Presented by the International Student Services (ISS) Office, the Welcome Week for new international students is the ISS version of orientation. It occurs the week before the start of the semester, and consists of information sessions and social opportunities, leading up to a "The Welcome Orientation and Reception." All events are optional, but you are highly encouraged to participate and get the chance to gain important information and meet other international students and the ISS staff before school starts.

Coffee Socials allow new students to meet each other informally during the week. Come in for some coffee, tea and other refreshments (food!), and stay for the conversation. There is no specific program, just a relaxing time for introducing, sharing, and de-stressing.

Topical presentations or workshops provide information that may be useful for adjusting to the campus and the local community. Starting after the Coffee Socials, these sessions will continue to offer coffee, tea and refreshments.

The Welcome Orientation ("The Welcome") is a full morning or afternoon that brings all new international students together. During this time, they will be introduced to International Student Services staff, student resources, cultural and safety issues, clubs and activities, and most of all, other students. You must sign-up (deadline: August 19) to attend The Welcome.

The Welcome Reception follows the orientation. The day ends with a reception of food and other refreshments. Here you may meet new students like yourself and make new friends from all over the world. The reception will follow the orientation. You must sign up and attend the Welcome Orientation in order to join the reception. Seating is limited!

Fall 2024 (August 19-23)

Welcome Week Schedule
Updated: 6/19/2024
No activitiesCoffee Social
9:00 - 9:30 am
QLC Room 412
Coffee Social
9:00 - 9:30 am
QLC Room 412
Coffee Social
9:00 - 9:30 am
QLC Room 412
Living Local: A newcomer's guide to Hawai'i
9:30 - 10:30 am
QLC Room 412
The ABCs of ISS
9:30 - 10:30 am
QLC Room 412
Welina Mānoa Workshop
presented by the Native Hawaiian Place of Learning (NHPoL) Advancement Office
9:30 - 10:45 am
Hawai'i Hall Lawn
The Welcome Orientation
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Crawford 105
RSVP Sign up here (required)
Deadline: August 19
10:30 - 11:30 am
QLC Room 412
Taxes and Residency
10:30 - 11:30 am
QLC Room 412
Campus Tour
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location TBA
MIX Program Check-in
12:00 - 1:00 PM
QLC Room 412
Lei Making
1:00 - 2:00 PM
QLC Room 412
Welcome Reception
1:00 - 2:30 PM

RSVP and attendance at Welcome Orientation required to join reception.