Early Arrival Program
The Early Arrival program is a unique program designed to introduce the American Education System to new international students. This program allows a student to engage in US educational practices, such as lectures, discussions, and group work, during a two-week intensive three credit course called LANG 130: Introduction to American Culture. This course is taught by Marietta College faculty members and gives students an opportunity to enhance their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in English. During the two week course, students participate in a two-day field trip to Washington D.C. where they visit historic monuments, the Smithsonian museums, the White House and Capitol building and see U.S. history rather than read about it in a book. Students create a virtual scrapbook for their final presentation that highlights key components from their experience in Washington.
International Student Orientation
Marietta College has a comprehensive orientation program for international students. During the six-day program students adapt to living in Marietta, Ohio as well as prepare for college life in the US. The Office of International Programs Staff present workshops on the US Education System, American Culture, Immigration Regulation, Health and Safety and academic expectations. Additionally representatives from various campus offices introduce their services to international students. These offices include the Academic Resource Center, Counseling and Psychological Services, Residence Life, and Dining Services.
All international students are required to take placement tests in Mathematics and English as a Second Language. Students schooled in English are required to meet with the Director of ESL for a 15-minute private interview. One of the final activities during the orientation involves students meeting with faculty members to select courses and declare a major.
The international student orientation is designed to give students an opportunity to adjust to a new culture, language, and environment. Students who have been at Marietta College for at least one year are eligible to apply for the Orientation Leader position. The Office of International Programs understands that students need time to acclimate to their new surroundings. The OIP provides transportation from the airport to campus and sponsors various shuttles for shopping trips. In the past, students have taken a private tour at The Wilds, a local animal conservation park. The orientation program is comprehensive, hands-on and provides new international students with support services to help prepare for successful US academic experiences.