International Student Orientation

All new students are required to attend the International Student Orientation Program. This week-long program provides you with information to help you get started at Moraine Valley. You will be provided information about living in the community, the academic system in the United States, an overview of the academic programs available at Moraine Valley, and be assisted to complete all registration requirements.

During Orientation, you are required to be comprehensively tested in English language ability. After the tests are completed, you will have individual appointment time to discuss your test results and class placement with an advisor. Students whose language skills are not at university-level English will be placed in the Intensive English Language Program. Students whose English is already at university-level competency will select regular academic coursework. Course selection and registration and all requirements for enrollment at the college are completed during International Student Orientation Week. The week also includes a social activity and bus trip for sightseeing to downtown Chicago.

Support Services

Airport Arrival Assistance—Moraine Valley provides assistance to all international students arriving in the community and seeking housing. For all students arriving direct from an overseas location, we offer a free airport pick-up service. A staff member or associate of the college can meet you at the airport, and take you directly to your housing accommodations or host home.

Housing Assistance—The College offers international students housing assistance. To meet your needs, the Host Home Program is offered, where you can rent a room in the home of a local community member. Many new students take advantage of our Host Home Program. We also provide assistance in locating apartments for students who prefer to live more independently. In either case, the International Student Housing Specialist provides all the help you need, support and accommodations for your stay. Newly admitted students must send in a $200 housing deposit to assure housing accommodation on arrival.

Host Home Program—Living with a host family will allow you to experience life with an American family and develop lasting relationships. A host family provides a supportive, friendly atmosphere to help you adjust to the community, practice your English and make friends. Students who request the benefits of the Host Home Program enjoy the conveniences of a furnished home, including a private bedroom, and the use of laundry facilities, television, and other appliances. Moraine Valley host families live in various communities around the college. Students living with host families use the public bus system to travel to the college.

Apartments—For the more independent student, many apartments are within walking distance or along bus routes to the campus. Many international students want to rent an apartment after they are in the US for a few months, and are more familiar with the community. Students can easily find apartments and share two- and three-bedroom apartments with other students. Many choices of apartments in different price ranges are available. Moraine Valley’s housing advisor provides a roommate referral service. New students who wish to rent an apartment are provided with housing assistance and ongoing support.

Academic Advising and Cultural and Immigration Advising—The Office of International Student Affairs has specially trained staff members who are available to assist you during your enrollment at the college. Our staff understand the challenges students experience while living and studying in a different culture. Students receive personal support with academic concerns, adjustment, immigration issues, housing, academic progress, career and personal concerns.

Moraine Valley counselors and advisors also provide special workshops to help you succeed. They also are available to assist with your educational advising and career planning. They may help you to do research about your career interests, and can assist you to choose a university if you want to transfer.

Free Tutoring—At Moraine Valley, you will receive personal attention to make sure you are progressing well in your classes. In the college’s Academic Skills Center, you can obtain free tutoring and help in English, mathematics, physics, accounting, chemistry, and other subjects. This helpful center is open five days a week for your convenience.

Social and Cultural Activities—The International Student Club at Moraine Valley provides social and cultural activities, parties, trips and events. Some of the activities include:

  • Ski trips, hiking, nature trips
  • Leadership training
  • Tours of Chicago Visits to museums
  • Restaurants and dinner outings
  • Sporting events
  • Picnics and parties on campus
  • Students from all over the world participate in the activities sponsored by the International Student Club.

The Student Life Office at Moraine Valley provides the opportunity to participate in other Moraine Valley student clubs and organizations. There are more than 25 clubs to join, including:

  • Student Government
  • Engineering Club
  • Entertainment Club
  • Student Newspaper
  • Choir
  • Jazz Band
  • Sailing Club
  • Ecology club…and more

Sports also are offered at Moraine Valley. Competitive athletics for men include basketball, baseball, soccer, track and golf. Women’s’ include tennis, softball, soccer, track and volleyball. We are proud to offer state-of-the-art facilities and equipment for student use. Students enjoy the Health Fitness Center, dance studio, tennis courts, basketball courts, golf driving range, soccer field, and more.

The Fine and Performing Arts Center offers professional artistic productions including art shows, theatre, plays, lectures, musical groups, concerts, dance performances, comedians, and other enjoyable entertainment opportunities. Our 600-seat theater hosts nationally famous artists, musicians, and wonderful performances for students and community members throughout the year.