Orientation

Day One

8/11/2021

Auburn Global Welcome
Office of International Programs
Setting Up Au Access
Bank Presentation

Day Two

8/12/2021

Academic Presentation
Student Services Overview
How to be a Successful Student
English Placement Test 1

Day Three

8/13/2021

Math Placement Test
Campus Safety
Housing, Dining, Insurance
COVID Test 1

Day Four

8/14/2021

English Placement Test 2
Major Exploration
Campus Involvement
Career Accelerator

Day Five

8/15/2021

COVID Test 2
Campus Tour

*Note: Students will receive their finalized orientation schedule upon arrival!

Health Immunization Form

FERPA waiver

Before You Arrive

Please visit this page to complete all of the required step need before you arrive. In addition to the FERPA waiver, Health Immunization Form, and Flight Detail Submission, and Payment Details, you will also find additional resources like the math placement practice test.

Frequently Asked Questions

Orientation is an important and mandatory part of your preparation to attend AU. Missing even one day could result in you missing important information about your classes and may result in a delay in your registration. If you have an urgent situation that requires you to miss orientation, please contact yi.wang@auburnglobal.org.

Students who are arriving on an F1 visa are permitted to arrive into the United States up to 30 days prior to the start of their program as listed on the I20. Please make sure you visit the Before You Arrive page to submit your arrival details.

Auburn Global will always try our best to accommodate early move-ins. To ensure the limited room space can be available at the time and students can have a good experience with their early move-in, any move-in requests needs to be requested by emailing Student Services Director, Yi Wang, yi.wang@auburnglobal.org.

Undergraduate and Postgraduate students are required to complete English proficiency test. Undergraduate students also need to complete Math placement test. The tests results are used to ensure the students are in the program track that best supports their needs.

Class schedules will be assigned during your orientation.

Academics

Academic Calendar

For more details, please visit: Important Dates.

In order to support your academic efforts, you will be assigned to one of our Student Services Advisor (SSA). Your SSA will be your first point of contract with any academic and other questions. In addition, the Auburn Global Academic team are available daily in order to address any questions or concerns the you might have. Contacts information can be found: Meet Our Team.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, these services are funded through the university student fees which are included in your program cost.

Health & COVID-19

Visit https://auburn.edu/covid-resource-center/ for the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 on campus.

Individuals with F-1 student visa status are required to show proof of COVID vaccination in order to enter the US. Vaccinations must align with the US’s approved list of COVID-19 vaccines. Only two exceptions apply:

  1. Student is from a country with limited COVID-19 vaccine availability (see list here ).
  2. Student is under 18 at the time of travel.

Effective December 06, 2021 – all international travelers (regardless of vaccination status) must show results of a negative coronavirus test taken one day prior to their flight’s departure from a foreign country traveling to the United States (Updated June 13,2022). For most recent updates, please refer to CDC Official Website.

If neither vaccine exceptions apply to you and you remain unvaccinated, you may not be able to enter the US on the date of your scheduled travel.

For those passengers traveling under one of the above exceptions they must complete and present the Combined Covered Attestation Form to the airline at the time of departure. Passengers must be prepared to answer questions regarding Section 4 of the form and should have a clear understanding of their school’s COVID policies.

For the most up to date information please visit: https://ahealthieru.auburn.edu/

Frequently Asked Questions

At this time Auburn University is not requiring students to be vaccinated in order to attend classes.

  • After Arrival in the United States from International Travel

    If you are fully vaccinated within the last 6 months or you are fully vaccinated and have received your booster:

    • No quarantine is required unless you develop symptoms.
    • Consider getting tested 5 days after you return from travel.
    • Watch for symptoms until 10 days after your travel.
    • If you develop symptomsisolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results.

    Note: You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after you get your second dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or two weeks after a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

    If you are NOT vaccinated or up to date with your COVID-19 vaccine or booster you are recommended to:           

    • Stay home and self-quarantine for a full 5 days after travel.
    • Consider getting tested 5 days after you return from travel.
    • Watch for symptoms until 10 days after your travel.
    • If you develop symptomsisolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results.

    If you recovered from COVID-19 recently

    If you recovered from a documented COVID-19 infection within the past 90 days (regardless of vaccination status), you do NOT need to get a test 3-5 days after travel. You also do not need to self-quarantine after travel. If you develop COVID-19 symptoms after travel, isolate and consult with a healthcare provider for testing recommendations.

    Testing is available from the AU Medical Clinic. Employees should contact their supervisor for further guidance on returning to work. Students should contact their academic unit.

    Travel requirements to enter the United States are changing and can be found on the CDC’s International Travel page.

    As the COVID-19 pandemic changes over time, and government and public health officials issue new orders and guidance, the university will update procedures and plans as needed.

Both Moderna and Pfizer

The vaccine is available through Auburn University, East Alabama Medical Center, and various local pharmacies.

Job & Career Services

Many international student seek empyoment opportunities during their studies here at Auburn University. To learn more about working while studying please click here.

Check out the Shorelight.com article here: https://shorelight.com/student-stories/career-premium-offers-virtual-externships-for-international-graduate-students/

Students who are interested in signing up can do so using this link: https://shorelightcrm.tfaforms.net/218395.

You can schedule individual appointments with Career Services Manager for a zoom meeting.

If interested in working for Auburn Global please speak to your Student Services Advisor.

Frequently Asked Questions

You may apply for a social security number ONLY if you have been offered a job on-campus or if you have been granted practical training (CPT or OPT) employment authorization (keep in mind that practical training options are generally not available to new students). A Social Security Number will be given to you for employment purposes only, NOT for purposes such as applying for credit cards, renting an apartment, etc.

Yes, but the total hours cannot exceed a maximum of 20 hours per week between both employers. You must obtain authorization from ISSS.

Scholarships & Finances

American higher education is quite expensive compared to that of other countries. This is a fact that you should be aware of as an international student.

International students are required to submit proof of sufficient funds to cover educational expenses in the U.S. in order to obtain a SEVS I-20. Having obtained an I-20, signing it and either entering the U.S. or filing a change of status to F-1 you agree to have funds available for the duration of your studies. It is important, therefore, that you responsibly plan and manage your finances.

External Organizations and Resources:

The Foundation Center
Is a non-profit organization that has a listing of grants for which some individuals may qualify.

Institute of International Education (I.I.E.)
May be able to provide information on scholarships, grants or programs for eligible international students.
May be able to provide information on scholarships, grants or programs for eligible international students.

Organization of American States (OAS)
If you are from Central or South America, OAS offers an interest free loan grant to eligible international students through the Leo Rowe Loan Fund. For more information on eligibility and application process, please contact RoweFund@oas.org.

College Board
Is a free online financial source for scholarships, grants, and loans for college-bound students, including international students wishing to study in the United States.

International Education Financial Aid
Is a free online scholarship resource for non-US citizens with disabilities.

Education USA
Is a free online searchable database of scholarships for international students.

International Student Loan
Requires a US citizen or permanent resident (Green Card holder) as a co-signer.

FinAid
Is a comprehensive Internet guide to financial aid. It contains sections pertaining to foreign students coming to the United States and U.S. students going abroad.

Florida Linkage Institutes
Is a Tuition Assistance Resource for Florida International University’s International Students.

International Students Organization in America
Maintains a useful financial aid web page.

Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund – World Bank Volunteer Services
The World Bank, 1818 “H” St., NW, Room G-1000, Washington, DC 20433, Telephone: 202-473-8751, Fax: 202-676-0419
Eligibility: Women only

NAFSA: Association of International Educators
Maintains a useful financial aid web page.

Online Directory of Scholarships and Grants
Has useful financial aid information.

Organization of American States
Department of Fellowship and Training Program, Washington, DC 20006, Telephone: (202) 458-3900, Email: scholarships@oas.org.

Peterson’s
Publishes a variety of books and directories.

The National Association of Financial Aid Administrators
Maintains a web page that lists financial resources for international students.

The National Science Foundation
Publishes a selected list of fellowships and other support opportunities for Advanced Education for United States Citizens and Foreign Nationals, 1993 edition (National Science Foundation). NSF 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA22230, Telephone: 703-306-1234.

United Nations
Fellowships Section, Office of Technical Cooperation of Development, United Nations, New York, 10017.

Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship Program
Xerox Corporation, Corporate Employment and College Relations, Xerox Square-026, Rochester, NW 14644

Refunds Generally. You must submit your refund request for all eligible refunds within 60 days of program completion, withdrawal, or dismissal. The request form can be found here. All refunds will be issued in U.S. Dollars, minus bank transfer and processing fees, including any fees incurred for a rejected payment, according to the exchange rate in place at the time of the refund. All eligible refunds will be processed when students complete, withdraw, or are dismissed from our program. This may be transferred to the student’s university account or processed as a refund directly to the student. Refunds are typically issued within 60-90 business days from receipt of completed form.

January 1 through April 15 is “Tax Season” in the United States. During this period, U.S. citizens, permanent residents and many non-immigrants must file income tax returns and other tax forms.

All international students, scholars and their dependents (F-1, F-2, J-1 and J-2 who have been in the United States the previous calendar year) who are non-residents for tax purposes MUST file tax Form 8843 regardless of whether they worked or not.

For more information, visit the Tax Responsibilities section on the ISSS Website.

Disclaimer
Remember! Auburn Global advisors are NOT experts in income taxes and thus, cannot advise or assist you in filing your returns. The information on this webpage is provided as a service to Auburn Global students. The information does not constitute tax advice and Auburn Global staff cannot assist with the preparation or completion of individual tax return forms.

Frequently Asked Questions

The only scholarship you are eligible to receive during your time at Auburn University is the one you may have been awarded by Auburn Global while completing you admission process.

Opening an account is a topic that is covered during orientation. During this presentation you will learn more about the types of accounts you can open and how they may benefit you.

Students need to pay all tuition and fees in a timely manner to avoid late fees, potential loss of scholarships, and delays in registering for classes.

Click here for instructions: global.auburn.edu/before-you-arrive/#Payment.

If you are paying with an U.S. credit or debit account, you can use the below links:

Paying with Electronic Banking

Paying with Credit Card (4% convenience fee)

Progression

Getting your new I-20

It is the responsibility of the student to remain in good standing which includes always having a valid I-20. It is important to monitor the I-20 expiration date and renew as needed. To renew your I-20 or to receive an updated I-20 upon completion of your Auburn Global program, please use follow This Guide to submit your I-20 renewal documents.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can find your Ebill under the “My Finances” tab in your AU Access. To learn more about your Tuition and Fee, you may contact Student Financial Services.

Yes you may! Please complete this form to request a housing extension.

Parking & Transport

Clubs & Organizations

Recreation

Visit this link for more information.

Center for Academic Success

Develop your English language, math, and overall academic skills and gain the confidence to succeed in your US university classes. Improve your study habits, prepare for exams, and get your questions answered: Our helpful tutors and counselors are here to support you, every step of the way.

Academic Skills Tutors
Alicia-Coe
Alicia Coe

I am Alicia Coe. I have been teaching English for academic purposes and critical writing at several universities in Europe and the United States for 17 years. Apart from teaching, I work as a curriculum developer, a writing consultant for undergraduate and graduate students, a copyeditor, and a Cambridge examiner. I am experienced in teaching international students; therefore, I can provide different learning approaches depending on the cultural background of each student.

Amanda-Wilcox
Amanda Wilcox

I am Amanda Wilcox. Originally, I hail from Macon, Georgia where I studied Biology and Spanish at Mercer University. After teaching foreign language for about 5 years, I began a master’s degree at Auburn University. Upon graduating, I continued to teach Spanish at the university and eventually began teaching in the ESL department where I found my calling. I have been involved in teaching, tutoring, and curriculum writing for international students learning English ever since. In total, I have nearly 20 years of experience teaching all ages from young children to adults in an academic setting.

Math Tutors
Dipen Bhuva
Dipen Bhuva

Dipen Bhuva is a PhD student in Computer Science at the University of Cleveland, and a Masters graduate from Northeastern University in Information Security. He will be happy to help with any problems and solutions related to computer science: Programming, Networking, Server engineering, Cloud, Statistic, Advanced Mathematics and Cyber Security – he is also a certified Network+ by Comptia, Certified Ethical Hacker, RH-11 Expert Hacker, RedHat Server Certified Engineering and Amazon Web Service (Cloud) certified. For his ‘extraordinary dedication and teaching’ he was granted ‘excellent achievement for Graduate Assistantship’ from CSU.

To schedule appointments with the following tutors, please click on the 25 or 50-minute sessions below. Please book 24 hours in advance to provide your tutors ample time to prepare for the session.

  • Academic writing – generating ideas, organizing, summarizing, paraphrasing, revising/editing
  • Research skills: Finding credible sources and academic articles
  • Understanding academic integrity; avoiding plagiarism
  • MLA & APA citations and format
  • Academic presentation preparation and practice
  • Time management – weekly planning, semester-long planning
  • Reading strategies
  • Note-taking skills
  • Test preparation strategies
  • Class and groupwork participation strategies
  • Discussion skills
  • Grammar rules and practice
  • Academic communication etiquette – emails, office hours, requesting letters of recommendation
  • Business writing – emails, reports, meeting summaries
  • Career development – resume and cover letter writing
  • Building math confidence for students who struggle with math
  • General and Foundational Math help at any level
  • Calculus including Calc 1 and Calc 2
  • Algebra and Linear Algebra
  • Topology
  • Discrete Math
  • Category Theory
  • Algorithms
  • Differential Equations