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Each semester, the International Center is required to verify your continued enrollment at Norwich University for the Student and Exchange Visitor Program. We hold specific days where students can drop in to meet with the International Student Coordinator to do this. For new students, this will be during New International Student Orientation. For returning international students, this will take place in the two days after the add/drop period ends.

New International Student Orientation

A few days prior to university-wide orientation for all new students, the International Center holds a new international student orientation. Here, we will review topics specific to international students, such as maintaining your visa status, American academic expectations, and fun events to get to know other international students. Because of the additional training students in the Corps lifestyle receive, the International Center’s new international student orientation is held first with Corps students before rook week (see below), and then with students who have chosen to pursue a non-military college lifestyle.

New Student Orientation & Rook Week

All new students, international and American, must go through new student orientation. Norwich has separate orientations dependent on the lifestyle you have chosen: Corps of Cadets, or a non-military, traditional college experience (also known on campus as “Civilian”). At both orientations, you will have time to meet with staff and faculty, be tested for class placement, and choose your academic schedule. You can find more information about Orientation on the Student Affairs website.

Corps of Cadets Lifestyle

If you have chosen a Corps lifestyle, you first begin as a rook before becoming a cadet. Rook Week is an orientation, both to Norwich University and the Corps lifestyle. Be prepared to be challenged—both mentally and physically, while making lifelong friendships with your rook brothers and sisters! For more information about Rook Orientation, visit the Rook Training Site.

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