Our International Student Orientation program will fully prepare you to be a successful student at PSU! This mandatory program for all new PSU int’l and exchange students establishes a foundation for success. Comprehensive in nature, it follows the best practices in international education, combining University information sessions with US government mandated immigration information, exposure and introduction to the surrounding community, cross-cultural training, opportunity to get settled (ex: shopping for dorm living, opening bank accounts, purchasing cell phones) and meeting new friends. The Orientation team is comprised of University staff and an amazing group of student leaders. We guarantee by the first day of classes you will be well-informed about student life at Plymouth State, and will have had many opportunities to meet and make new friends, have fun and be ready to start your academic career here!
Orientation and Arrival Form (must complete by August 1, 2015)
To confirm your arrival to Plymouth State and to register for orientation, please complete this form
Thursday, August 27, 2015 to Sunday August 30, 2015 — Int’l Orientation (Full Schedule To Be Determined soon, see below for Orientation Hallmarks)
Monday, August 31, 2015 — PSU New Student Orientation (undergrad classes start at 5pm)
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 — First full day of classes for everyone
Orientation Program Hallmarks:
–Boston airport pickup (please see airport pick-up tab)
–tour of campus and immediate community/Town of Plymouth
–academic program and academic advising information
–session on personal safety and health, as well as local/state/federal laws and legal system with local law enforcement officials
–cross-cultural information sessions
–banking and shopping trips
–excursions to local attractions
–social activities with Residential Life and Student Activities Departments
NOTE: If you are a SOCCER player, you will need to arrive to campus prior to August 26th. Jane will communicate with your coach regarding your early-arrival move in. Soccer players will miss some orientation activities due to your team schedule; we will work with your coach to determine which of the activities you can attend. For all other students, orientation is mandatory.
Non-athletes will not be allowed to move onto campus prior to August 26th unless prior arrangements have been approved.
In order to reserve the airport pickup, please complete the Orientation and Arrival Form with all of your arrival details.
When you arrive in Terminal E and exit the baggage claim/customs, near the Dunkin Donuts, this sign will be held by our global orientation leaders who will be there to greet you:
Concord Coach Lines
If you are not using the airport pickup service, but are arriving to the USA at the Boston Logan Airport, the best way to get to Plymouth State University is by bus with the Concord Coach Lines.
Concord Coach Schedule:
Currently there are two daily buses that leave from Logan Airport, make a stop at South Station in downtown Boston, and will continue to Plymouth, NH. The morning bus leaves at 6:45am from Boston Logan Airport (8:00am, Boston South Station) that will arrive in Plymouth, NH at 10:45am. The evening bus leaves 5:40pm from Logan Airport (6:15pm, Boston South Station) and gets to Plymouth, NH at 8:30pm. You may review the current timetable here.
Finding the Concord Coach bus:
Once in the airport in Boston, follow signs for “Ground Transportation”. When arriving in Terminal E, you will exit out of baggage claim and go to your right. Exit the airport building and the bus will pick you up by the curb. The bus says Concord Coach on the side. Make sure that you ask the driver to make sure the bus is going to Plymouth, New Hampshire. (Note: When you leave Logan Airport, you will be informed to purchase your ticket from the office at South Station. There are no ticket offices at the airport)
Bus transportation is recommended, as a taxi or shuttle ride will a lot more expensive (Plymouth State is approximately a 2 hour drive from Boston).
However, you can look into scheduling a personal car shuttle to 6 Post Office Square Plymouth, NH, 03264. This is the Town Hall which is a short walk to Mary Lyon on campus, where our office is located.
Mountain View Shuttle:
Lakes Region Shuttle:
Again, be sure to inform us by August 1 (Orientation and Arrival Form) of your transportation plans to Plymouth State so we can meet you when you get to campus. If you need advice on arriving to campus, please contact Jane (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Thomas (email@example.com)
You should by now have a myplymouth account, which will allow you to check email, pay your bill, and check your schedule. The email with instructions as to how to do this should have been sent to your personal email address that you put on your application. In the subject line, it should say Welcome to PSU, Claim your Account…or something like that. Check your junk/spam mail, as it may have been filtered out. If you are having difficulty, or did not receive that email, please contact the Plymouth State Help Desk directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You should have or will soon be receiving an email from Kathy Peverly (email@example.com), Housing Coordinator, about filling out your housing application if you intend to live on campus.* Please make sure to fill out the application and follow directions that she gives you for a better chance of getting into the housing you would like. Housing selections are very competitive, so the earlier you submit your application, the better. Also, you may view this PDF walk through (with screen shots), Housing Application Walkthrough, to help you complete the undergraduate housing application** NOTE: You will need your myplymouth account activated to complete the housing application.
*Off-Campus Housing: You are eligible to live off campus if you are 20 years of age on or before September 1, 2015. However, neither our office nor Plymouth State can assist you in any way to help you secure off-campus housing, or solve any legal issues or problems that arise from your off-campus housing situation. It is recommended to live on campus your first term or year and explore the community in person before committing to an off-campus apartment and signing a legal contract or lease.
**On-Campus Graduate Student Housing: Please contact Kathy Peverly (firstname.lastname@example.org) for on-campus graduate student housing information.
If you are having trouble with PeerTransfer, there are many ways to get help on their website. If you are still having issues, after you have viewed the tutorial, please contact Student Account Services at email@example.com.
However, if you can’t wait for your GOL to contact you and have burning questions now, you can also reach out to any GOL (use your Plymouth State email to contact them with their PSU ID in parentheses). Feel free to ask them any question, they are here to help YOU!
Vanessa Calabrese (vecalabrese), Spanish, French, TESOL
Shirley Yi Cheng (ycheng2), Accounting
Shani Edwards (sae1010), Sports Management/Theater
Cassie Ferreira (clferreira), Elementary Education
Danielle Jennings (dejennings), Psychology
Tae Hee Jo (tj1004), Management, International Business
Monique Lafreniere (mrlafreniere1), Music Education
Ronja Lotse (rtlotse), Criminal Justice, Psychology
Frank Pattiasina (fjp1010), Information Technology
Brianna Pintauro (bpintauro), Political Science, Spanish, Peace and Social Justice
Jacky Long Hin Siu (ls1018), Counseling Psychology (graduate program)
Daniel Spearman (dpspearman), Political Science
Lea Tuyisabe (lt1015), Social Work
We also have an International Student Services page on Facebook, where you can go to find out more information about PSU and connect with other current international students at PSU.