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Threshold Orientation


Orientation for new international students takes place the week before classes start each semester. After the international student orientation, new undergraduate, exchange, and English as a Second Language students will participate in several days of continued orientation activities, called Threshold. Please read your acceptance letter for specific orientation dates.

  • All undergraduate, exchange, and English as a Second Language students who are new to North Park are required to attend international student orientation.
  • Graduate students and those who have already completed a program at North Park are invited, but not required, to attend orientation.

North Park’s orientation program for new international students includes the following:

  • Introduction to North Park offices and staff
  • Introduction to U.S. culture and the American education system
  • Information on maintaining visa status
  • Instructions on Chicago’s public transportation system
  • Social events that introduce students to the city of Chicago
  • Shopping trips and help with class registration
  • Opportunities to meet current North Park students for friendship and support

Next Steps

Learn more about Threshold, North Park's orientation for all incoming students.

Get to know International Student Services.