International Passport is a six-day program designed for you as a new international student, as well as your adult family members. It takes place just before the school year begins. International Passport eases the transition to North American culture and introduces you to Calvin through activities and creative workshops.
You—if you're an international student or have extended overseas living experience. The International Passport program is designed for you as well as your adult family members.
International Passport is designed along two tracks—one for you and one for your family members. You’ll attend a few of the sessions together. Here’s a sampling.
Please plan to arrive on Thursday, August 22. Our first orientation program will begin on Friday morning, August 23. If necessary, someone from Calvin will pick you up from the Gerald R. Ford International Airport or Grand Rapids bus station.
Upon arrival follow the road signs to the residence halls. You will check-in at Schultze Eldersveld. Make your way to the front lobby of the hall where you'll:
You will be placed in temporary housing in the Schultze-Eldersveld dorm from August 22-25. On August 25, you will move into your permanent dorm room.
See our Parents & Family International Passport page for information.
All meals are served in Knollcrest Dining Hall and require your International Passport nametag for entrance. Meals begin at lunch on Thursday, August 22 and continue through Thursday, August 29th.
2013 Session: Friday, August 23 - Wednesday, August 28
International Passport officially begins with breakfast at 9 am on Friday, August 23. We strongly suggest students plan to arrive on campus on Thursday, August 22, as there are several important orientation activities scheduled on Friday--campus tours and setting up your banking. Please DO NOT plan to arrive before August 22. Housing is NOT available before August 22.
Students with citizenship outside of the U.S. or Canada and here on student visas must attend International PASSPORT. It is optional for permanent residents or U.S. or Canadian citizens who have lived abroad for much of their lives.
If you identify strongly with a non-American culture, then International PASSPORT is probably the right choice as there are several workshops on cultural adaption and more help given with setting up for life here in the U.S. However, if you are quite comfortable with the American culture and would just like an opportunity to meet with others like you, then PASSPORT IV might be a good choice as there will be an evening where you can meet with other “third culture students” and then later, all the new international students.
Register online using e-Enroll.
It costs $400. Regular PASSPORT is $250 so there is an additonal $150 for students attending International PASSPORT.
We strongly suggest that you plan to arrive on campus on Thursday, August 22, as there are several important pre-orientation activities scheduled for Friday the next day-- a trip downtown, campus tours, and setting up your Banking. International Passport officially begins with dinner at 6:30 pm on Friday, August 23. Please do not plan to arrive later than 2pm on August 23 or before August 22. Housing is NOT available before August 22.
International PASSPORT housing begins Thursday, August 22. If you arrive before Thursday, you must make your own arrangements for accommodations. Programs for International PASSPORT will begin on Thursday.
If you are arriving at the Grand Rapids airport (Gerald R. Ford International), train station, or bus station, Calvin will make arrangements to pick you up. Any other city is too far for us to pick you up. You may want to look into connecting transportation. Please complete the travel arrival form. When you get to campus please come to Schultze-Eldersveld (SE) residence hall for registration. (Directions)
Students will stay in Schultze-Eldersveld (SE) residence hall. However, this may not be your permanent residence for the school year. Meals will be provided in the Calvin Dining Hall or by outside vendors.
If you submitted your housing form before May 1, you will find out your roommate in July. Those who applied after May 1 will receive notice in August. For questions, please contact the housing office—firstname.lastname@example.org or (616) 526-6120.
After lunch on Sunday, August 25.
Yes, they are certainly welcome to accompany you. Parents follow their own schedule, which includes special workshops and presentations designed just for them.
There are no events specifically designed for younger siblings. They may find parent sessions to be uninteresting and following around their older sibling may be awkward. This decision is left to the discretion of the parents. Please be aware only two family members are included in the orientation fee. There is an additional $50 fee for each additional family member.
Parents must find their own accommodations; the Schultze-Eldersveld residence hall is only for students. We recommend that parents stay in the Prince Conference Center – a hotel owned and operated by Calvin College. The parent rate is $79 a night. If you would like to make a reservation and receive this rate, you need to call the PCC which is open 24 hours a day. Specify that you are coming for “International Passport” and indicate that you are a family member of an incoming student.
There are also plenty of other lodging options available near the campus. However, if you find a place to stay outside of Calvin’s campus, please note that public transportation is very limited and you will need a car to get to and from campus.
International PASSPORT ends on Wednesday, August 28 with a family cookout at 5pm.
Please take some time to review the "What to Bring" checklist.
Yes you can. Even if you don’t know your residence halls you can send packages to Calvin with just your name and mail services will forward it to your dorm address.
3201 Burton Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
United States of America
Yes, on Saturday August 24, students and parents will visit a local Meijer store where you can find supplies for your dorm and also the classroom.
A tentative schedule of planned events is available to you online.
You will meet with an academic advisor who will assist you in reviewing a list of classes for the fall semester. After this meeting, the Registrar’s office will create your fall semester schedule.
Complete the music auditions portion on the registration form, and we will schedule an audition for you.
Orientation Staff and Linda Bosch (Associate Dean for International Students)
Note: If you need to make changes to your orientation registration, fill out the Orientation Changes webform.
A $400 orientation fee will be charged to your student account in early September. This fee covers costs associated with orientation, with the majority covering meals.