INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION GUIDE

As new students at Kansas State University, we understand you are faced with an overwhelming amount of information during your first few days and weeks on campus. This orientation guide was designed to make it easy for students to access important campus and community resources quickly and with as little effort as possible. Simply click on the appropriate link below to access the information you are looking for.

Campus Map

Maps are also available from International Student and Scholar Services.

Coffee Hour Series

Coffee Hour is a program designed to give international students an opportunity to present their country and culture to the campus and local community in an open and relaxed setting. Coffee Hour provides students the opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings on a variety of topics and issues concerning their country’s culture, history, and politics and also promotes awareness and discussion among those attending the presentation.

Address Update (Local Address Requirement)

Immigration requires that you update any changes to your local address within 10 days of the change through your iSIS account.Visit this link to find out how easy this is to do.

Applying for a Social Security Number

Generally, all nonimmigrants must have permission to work in the U.S. in order to apply for a Social Security number. This link describes the Social Security application process in detail.

Basic Language Training Program (BLT)

The BLT program is a non-credit course that is taught by international students. Each student teaches the basics of his or her language and explores the culture of his or her home country. The courses are open to all students, faculty, and staff as well as the Manhattan community.

Campus Safety

College means new experiences, opportunities, and freedoms and we want you to have the best experience possible while you're here. Campus safety is an important part of your K-State experience and this brochure will highlight things you can do to remain safe on campus and in Manhattan. We also have a campus safety video you can view by clicking here: Campus Safety Video

Kansas Drivers License and State ID Information

Students interested in obtaining a driver's license and braving the roads in Manhattan will find all of the information you need by visiting this link.

International Buddies

International Buddies is a program that pairs local K-State students, staff, and community members with international students, scholars and families. Sign-up today to meet new people and make new friends.

International Coordinating Council (ICC)

the International Coordinating Council is a student-run organization with a mission to foster relations between international students and Americans. ICC’s main goal is to create unity among diversity on the KSU campus. Anyone who wants to make a difference at the international level and wants to meet new people is welcome to be a member of ICC.

International Food Markets

Have a craving for your favorite foods from home? Visit this link for a list of all the international food markets in Manhattan.

International Speakers Bureau

The Speakers Bureau is a listing of volunteers who conduct cultural presentations around campus and the Manhattan community about their country or about their international experiences. This is a great way to practice your public speaking skills.

International Student Associations

New students may wish to contact their respective international student associations in order to help ease the transition to the University and Manhattan. This link will take you to a complete list of the international student associations currently on campus.

Lafene Health Center

Lafene Health Center offers K-State students comprehensive, high quality, easily accessible, affordable outpatient health care. The Center also serves as a resource and an advocate for health education, promotion and wellness.
Lafene is located adjacent to the west side of campus at 1105 Sunset Avenue. For additional information on health care in Manhattan, please view our "I'm Sick Handout".

Spouses Orientation

Join our Graduate Assistant for an informative session for the spouses of K-State students, researchers, or faculty who are new to the area. This is an opportunity to get better acquainted with Manhattan and to meet other international spouses at K-State.

Shopping Shuttle

Need to pick up supplies from the mall or one of the international food markets? Click here to view the semester schedule. Sorry, but only K-State students are allowed to ride the shuttle.

Parent Update Form

Would you like your parents and family members to stay informed with what is happening at Kansas State University while you are here? Complete our Parent Information Sheet and we will tell your parents about all the great things happening at K-State. To complete the form, please click on the above link.

Transportation in Manhattan

Need ideas on how to get around in Manhattan? Want to know how much you should pay for a taxi? Thinking of purchasing a bike? This link has all the information (and more) that you need.

World Friendship

This is a non-religious organization established for American and International women in Manhattan. This is a great opportunity to make new friends, improve your English, and to share your culture with others. Click on the link for more information on this local organization.