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Information for Newly Admitted Students

Domestic Students

New graduate students are encouraged to arrive in College Station at least one week prior to the start of classes.

1. Advising Appointment

As you plan your arrival date, you should contact the department to make an advising appointment and register for classes. (Appointments are required.) Once registered, you will be able to obtain your TAMU student ID card, set up your payroll preferences, etc.

2. TA Training

All students (Domestic and International), regardless of their type of funding, are required by the department of Physics and Astronomy to complete Teaching Assistant training. You will receive an email from the CTE or our admissions coordinator with details. TA Training lasts one full day, and you must be present for the entire session to earn credit.

International Students

International students have a more involved orientation process than domestic students, and should plan to arrive in College Station several days before their International Check-In appointment.

1. Online Orientation

International students are required to complete the Online Orientation course offered through the International Student Services office. This online course has multiple sections, and students must pass a short quiz at the end of each section to verify completion of the course. This course should be completed before arriving in College Station.

All international students must complete the course before scheduling a Check-In appointment with International Student Services.

2. Check-In

After completing the Online Orientation course, students may schedule a Check-In appointment with the International Student Services office. At your check-in appointment, an advisor will verify that your documents have been processed correctly, and you will have the opportunity to make any other required office visits to tie up loose ends and allow you to register for classes.

Please review the Check-In process and list of required documents before arriving for your appointment.

3. International Student Conference

All new international students are encouraged to attend the International Student Conference, a one-day interactive program and resource fair that presents useful information not covered by the Online Orientation course. This free event is a wonderful way to become more familiar with the local culture and American classroom style, as well as address any concerns you may have regarding health insurance, work authorization, and personal safety.

For more information and to register, please visit the ISS website.

4. Advising Appointment

As you plan your arrival date, you should contact the department to make an advising appointment and register for classes. (Appointments are required.) Once registered, you will be able to obtain your TAMU student ID card, set up your payroll preferences, etc.

5. TA Training

All students (Domestic and International), regardless of their type of funding, are required by the department of Physics and Astronomy to complete Teaching Assistant training. You will receive an email from the CTE or our admissions coordinator with details. TA Training lasts one full day, and you must be present for the entire session to earn credit.

Physics and Astronomy Department Orientation

The Department of Physics and Astronomy hosts an orientation for all domestic and international incoming graduate students. The event is usually around 2 hours long and is generally held a week or two before classes begin. You will receive an email from our admissions coordinator with the time and location of the orientation.

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