Orientation programs offer a unique and vital opportunity to provide "common threads" of information and resources to incoming students, in particular, international students seeking guidance on how to best approach and embrace their new environment. International student orientation models vary across institutions and there no “one-size-fits-all” delivery method. Factors such as institutional size, student population, staff support, budget, and campus culture are all taken into consideration when designing and delivering an orientation program.

Despite the various modes of approach, there tends to be a consistent group of subjects and themes delivered during orientation. This resource sets out to identify those“common threads” of content hat institutions typically offer or feature when welcoming and preparing international students for their stay in the United States.