Bridges: International Transition Program

Bridges is a two day orientation especially designed for international students starting an academic program who are new to the University of Dayton. Bridges is your first and most important introduction to the university and the U.S. Attendance is required.

Topics covered at Bridges include:

  • Immigration regulations
  • U.S., UD, and local culture
  • Introduction to university computer networks and technologies
  • Strategies and resources to be a successful student
  • Important health and safety information

Other highlights:

  • Meet with representative from your academic unit
  • Receive specialized orientations from peers from your own countries
  • Learn how to find and prepare for a job in the U.S. and abroad
  • Tour campus
  • Make friends with new and returning students

Intensive English Program (IEP) Placement Test

All new IEP students take a placement test before the start of their first IEP session. The test examines the students' abilities in the following skills: writing, listening, reading and grammar/usage. Attendance is required. Missing the test could prevent you from registering for classes. Click here to learn more about the test.

IEP Orientation

After completing the placement test, IEP students will participate in a variety of events to introduce them to UD student life and the expectations of the IEP and university classroom. Interactive discussions are led by IEP faculty members about IEP policies, culture shock, and academic honesty. Experienced international students lead campus tours and mentor new arrivals. Attendance is required.

New Student Orientation (NSO)

NSO is the general orientation for all new undergraduate students, American and international. The Orientation experience at UD allows you to make friends and have fun while preparing for academic engagement and success. If you are an undergraduate student starting an academic program, you are required to attend both Bridges and NSO. Click here to learn more about NSO.