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Spring 2021 Welcome and Orientation

Kansas State University is making adjustments to the spring 2021 academic calendar to reduce risks related to the global pandemic by minimizing mass travel to and from our K-State campuses during the spring semester. The spring 2021 academic calendar begins one week later on Jan. 25. The altered spring schedule eliminates spring break and will conclude with final examinations on May 10-14. The first day of classes will be Monday, January 25. 



New students holding F-1 or J-1 visa status may enter the U.S. up to 30 days before the program start date on your I-20 or DS-2019. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations require that you check-in with International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) upon your arrival to Kansas State University. ISSS will have an online check-in procedure for the Spring 2021 semester. Please email isss@ksu.edu as soon as you arrive to Manhattan. We will respond to your email with a link to our check-in survey that you will need to complete. 

It is very important that you email us upon your arrival so that we know you have arrived safely. Please be sure to have ALL your immigration documents with you when you complete the check-in survey. These documents include your passport, I-94 card (or electronic print-out), and I-20 or DS-2019. You will also be required to provide the U.S. address where you will be living during your time at KSU.

Once you complete the check-in survey, we will send you a confirmation email that we received your documents. We will also provide you with a checklist and a video on the next few tasks to do before you can start your classes. 

In addition to our check-in procedure, you are REQUIRED to complete our online New International Student Orientation Canvas Course.  During this orientation canvas course, you will be given valuable information regarding immigration regulations and health care, as well as the various student services available at Kansas State University and the International Student and Scholar Services. 

*Please note that the New International Student Orientation Canvas Course is DIFFERENT than the student check-in survey. You are required to complete both.

Orientation Links

Welcome to K-State!!! We're glad you're here!

Click on the links below to view information and links to resources that have been created to help make your adjustment to Kansas State University and the community of Manhattan as simple and stress-free as possible. Information on campus safety, driver's license information, and our shopping shuttle schedule are just some of the helpful resources you will find. Also, please feel free to contact our office directly if you have any questions.

Kansas State University: Sense of PlaceA video snapshot of Kansas State University.

Campus Map - An interactive map of Kansas State University- Manhattan

Introduction to Manhattan, KSCheck out this YouTube video of just what makes Manhattan, KS the place it is!

Life in the Little AppleFind information about community events in Manhattan or learn about the hotspots by visiting the Manhattan Conventions and Visitor's Bureau website.

Campus Safety - Video introducing various campus resources to help keep you safe while at K-State!

Drivers License Info- Important information to read if you are wanting to drive in the U.S.


Orientation Sponsors

Thank You International Student Orientation Partners!!!

Bank of America

Commerce Bank

K-State Federal Credit Union





Contact ISSS at: isss@ksu.edu