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Bridges, IEP Placement Testing, and IEP Orientation

Bridges: International Orientation Program

Bridges International Orientation is especially designed for international students starting an academic program who are new to the University of Dayton. Bridges is your first and most important introduction to the university and the U.S. Attendance is required.


Topics covered at Bridges include:

  • Immigration regulations
  • U.S., UD, and local culture
  • Introduction to university computer networks and technologies
  • Strategies and resources to be a successful student
  • Important health and safety information

Other highlights:

  • Meet with representative from your academic unit
  • Receive specialized orientations from peers from your own countries
  • Learn how to find and prepare for a job in the U.S. and abroad
  • Tour campus
  • Make friends with new and returning students


Intensive English Program (IEP) Placement Test

All new IEP students take a placement test before the start of their first IEP session. The test examines the students' abilities in the following skills: writing, listening, reading and grammar/usage. Attendance is required. Missing the test could prevent you from registering for classes. Click here to learn more about the test.

IEP Orientation

After completing the placement test, IEP students will participate in a variety of events to introduce them to UD student life and the expectations of the IEP and university classroom. Interactive discussions are led by IEP faculty members about IEP policies, culture shock, and academic honesty. Experienced international students lead campus tours and mentor new arrivals. Attendance is required.

Virtual New Student Orientation

Virtual New Student Orientation is the program for all new undergraduate students, American and international, to begin their journeys as University of Dayton Flyers. VNSO is an opportunity to connect with your future classmates, prepare for academic and non-academic life, and learn to navigate campus prior to arriving for your Fall classes. These virtual sessions serve as an introduction to the University and can help you answer your questions about the incoming student process.

If you are an undergraduate student starting an academic program, you are required to attend both Bridges and VNSO. Please use this link to learn more information about VNSO.


Center for International Programs

Rike Center
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1701
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