Arrival and Orientation

Prior to arrival, please review the Spring 2016 Orientation Schedule. We look forward to seeing you there!

Please make a note of the following important dates for Spring 2016:

  • Mandatory arrival date: Sunday, January 3rd
  • Mandatory Orientation Program: Monday, January 4th – Tuesday, January 5th
  • First day of classes: Wednesday, January 6th

Please note that you may arrive in the US up to 30 days before the program start date listed on your DS-2019 and you may stay in the US for up to 30 days after the program end date listed on your DS-2019.

Upon arrival at the Raleigh/Durham airport (RDU), please  plan to take a taxi or shuttle to NC State University. A taxi from the airport to the university area will cost around $45. A shared shuttle may be a less expensive alternative. For more information about taxis and shuttles, visit the RDU airport websites:

Spring 2016 Housing Check-in

Students will be able to check-in to university residence halls starting on Sunday, January 3rd.. Students who arrive to Raleigh prior to January 3rd will need to make accommodation arrangements for those nights at either a local hotel or on-campus guest housing. If you are living in an apartment, you may be able to check-in earlier.

Upon arrival to campus on January 3rd, please go directly to the appropriate residence hall check-in location indicated below:

Global Village residents: Students living in Alexander Global Village can check in at the 24-hour TOTA desk after 12:00 pm on January 3rd.. The TOTA desk is located in the University College Commons at 2751 Cates Avenue. The desk is open 24 hours, so student will be able to check-in even if they arrive late at night. See building #77 on this campus map.

Wolf Village residents: Please check in at service desk in Gray Hall located at 2730 Wolf Village Way. Students may check-in anytime after 12:00 pm on January 3rd. The desk is open 24 hours, so students will be able to check-in even if they arrive late at night. See building #222 on this campus map. During Orientation, there will be limited bus service to Wolf Village. See the bus schedule.

Wolf Ridge residents: Please check in at service desk in Tower Hall located at 1900 Entrepreneur Drive. Students may check-in anytime after 12:00 pm on January 3rd. The desk is open 24 hours, so students will be able to check-in even if they arrive late at night. See building #780A on this campus map.

Wood Hall: Please check in at the 24 hour desk at Wood Hall C Building, 2541 Warren Carroll Drive, East Campus, Wood Wellness Village, NCSU.

Carroll Hall: Please check in at Metcalf Hall, 2811 Thurman Drive, Central Campus, Tri-Towers, Engineering Village, NCSU.

Sullivan Hall: Please check in at Sullivan Hall, 2921 Thurman Drive, West Campus, Scholars Village, NCSU.

Students living off-campus:
Students living off-campus should go directly to the accommodations that they have secured. Those students do need to come to the mandatory orientation on January 4th and 5th.

Spring 2016 Orientation
Orientation events will start on Monday, January 4, 2016. There will be required meetings, but also time for rest and activities. Orientation will include information about the American education system, class registration, health insurance, and banking. There will be required meetings with academic advisors and the Office of International Services (OIS). Activities will include a shopping trip so that students can purchase any items they need.