Global Student Orientation

We are excited that you are coming to APU! Global Student Orientation (GSO) helps make your transition to APU and America a smooth one, and we look forward to welcoming you to our community and assisting you.

  • GSO is mandatory for all international undergraduate, graduate, and artist certificate students on F-1 or J-1 visas.
  • GSO is highly recommended for third-culture students (TCKs) who have spent the majority of their life away from the United States.
  • All new first-year and transfer undergraduates also need to register for and attend Welcome Weekend.

The following information will also help you as you transition to America and APU:

GSO Checklist and Links

  • Plan on arriving in the U.S. no later than 1 day before the GSO date for your admitted term, but we recommend arriving 4-7 days before the first day of GSO. Typically, GSO is scheduled during the week before the first day of classes.
  • GSO FAQs

Feel free to contact us at if you have any questions, or if you have decided to not attend Azusa Pacific University.

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