New International Student Orientation


The New International Student Orientation (NISO) also formally referred to the Virtual International Student Conference (VISC)

The purpose of the New International Student Orientation (NISO) is to provide important ONLINE information to all incoming international students on pertinent issues such as ISS services, maintaining immigration status, adjusting to life in College Station and Texas A&M University, and introducing valuable resources that will assist in becoming successful students in their academic and job search process.


The New International Student Orientation is listed below in various modules with important and valuable information for both newly enrolled international students as well as for currently enrolled international students at Texas A&M university. The modules include general greetings to welcome and introduce you to Texas A&M, information about the branch TAMU campuses, information on International Student Services (ISS) and resources available for you, various TAMU departments that will be important to you, a few TAMU organizations, local community resources, and sponsors. Each module includes various presentations with descriptions of services, links to websites, and videos that will help you as you begin your journey at Texas A&M University. 


We would love to have feedback from you regarding the New International Student Orientation. After you have viewed the modules and the content in the NISO, please select the NISO module below, click on the link, and then complete the survey. Once you complete the survey, there will be instructions at the end that you can use to recieve a free ISS T-shirt.

Welcome to Texas A&M and Gig'em Aggies!

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From academic excellence to selfless service, Texas A&M University is home to the leaders of tomorrow. Aggies grow in knowledge in the classroom, develop the tools needed to create change and graduate ready to build a better world. At Texas A&M, you will receive the resources and support to do well in the classroom so that you can enter the world prepared to do good. Learn how to use these resources and the tools available to students in the following videos.

General Aggieland Welcome Videos

Aggieland Waiting for You (Video)
TAMU Virtual Campus Tour (Video)
A Welcome Message from TAMU Student Leaders (Video)
Don't Pass it Back (Video)
 

Welcome by the TAMU Student Body President (Student Body President)

The Student Government Association represents all Texas A&M students. International students are welcome to participate in SGA and make recommendations to the Student Body. Eric Mendoza is the TAMU Student Body President and would like to welcome you to Texas A&M University.

TAMU Student Body President Welcome (Video Welcome)
 

Introduction to Aggieland and Aggie Traditions

Traditions Council has been dedicated to preserving and promoting the traditions of Texas A&M University through education and awareness. Our efforts are to preserve the traditions that make our university unique and educate Aggies and friends of Texas A&M everywhere on their rich history and practice.​

Introduction to Aggieland and Aggie Traditions (Video Presentation)
 

Other Aggie Tradition Videos

Aggie Football (Video)
Aggie Band (Video)
Midnight Yell (Video)
An International Perspective on Aggie Football (Video)
 

Aggie Yell Leaders and Aggie Yells (TAMU Yell Leaders)

Get ready to cheer Aggies to victory! Texas A&M sporting events display the unity and tenacity of Aggies. Learn our chants and get ready to BTHO our rivals.
History and significance of Aggie Yell Leaders, Midnight Yell, Aggie Sporting events, and Aggie Songs and Yells

The Aggie Yell Leaders  are a group of Texas A&M University students that lead Aggie fans in a series of "yells" during athletic events or other school events. The Yell Leaders are composed of five students who are elected annually by popular vote of the student body.

Introduction to the Aggie Yell Leaders and Aggie Yells (Video Presentation)
 

Aggie Network (Association of Former Students)

The Association of Former Students exists to strengthen The Association of Former Students, promote the interests and welfare of Texas A&M University, perpetuate the ties of affection and esteem formed in an Aggie's university or college days, and to serve the current student body.

Intro to the Association of Former Students (Video Presentation)
Texas A&M Traditions (Video)
What is the Aggie Network? (Video)
Aggie Ring (Video)


Because of the emphasis that Texas A&M places on research and learning, there are numerous nationally-recognized centers, labs, and institutes that are part of the academic experience of Texas A&M at the main campus in College Station as well as at branch campuses in Galveston, Texas and Doha, Qatar. These facilities draw university faculty, staff, and students into academic and research partnerships with industry, government, and peer institutions both nationally and internationally.

TAMU at Qatar

Since the fall of 2003, Texas A&M University at Qatar has offered Bachelor of Science degrees in chemical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and petroleum engineering. Texas A&M at Qatar also offers two graduate degrees in chemical engineering since the fall of 2011: a Master of Science (M.S.) and a Master of Engineering (M.Eng.). In addition to engineering courses, Texas A&M at Qatar provides instruction in science, mathematics, liberal arts and the humanities. The curriculum offered at Texas A&M at Qatar are identical to the ones offered at the main campus in College Station, Texas. Courses are taught in English and in a coeducational setting. The reputation for excellence is the same, as is the commitment to training engineers equipped to lead the next generation of engineering throughout the world.

Being an Aggie at TAMU Qatar (Video)
TAMU Qatar Engineering Leaders (Video)
Life at TAMU Qatar (Video)
 

TAMU at Galveston

Texas A&M Galveston is a special-purpose institution of higher education for undergraduate and graduate instruction in marine and maritime studies in science, engineering and business and for research and public service related to the general field of marine resources. The institution is under the management and control of the Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System, with degrees offered under the name and authority of Texas A&M University at College Station.

Why TAMU Galveston Campus (Video)
Explore TAMU Galveston (Video)
 

TAMU School of Law

There is more than one type of lawyer. In the 21st century, practicing lawyers serve a wide variety of clients in various capacities and in countless industries. At Texas A&M University School of Law, you can keep your options open by pursuing a broad education. Or you can choose one of three distinct paths that we offer. Within each of these paths, you can even choose to focus on particular areas of practice, like intellectual property or oil and gas law. 
Our goal is to fully prepare you for your legal career. So no matter which path you choose, we’ll guide you every step of the way to ensure that you succeed. Take your first step toward success and follow the links below to learn more.

TAMU Law School (Video)
TAMU School of Law Virtual Tour (Video)
 

TAMU Health Science Center

We’re creating the next generation of innovators, advocates, caregivers and life-savers. Founded in 1999 to bring together the health professions of Texas A&M, our relatively young, nimble attitude allows us to keep up with a rapidly evolving health care landscape, while not abandoning our land-grant origins. Through cutting-edge medical research, service and education, we’re addressing the health care needs of the 21st century.

TAMU Health Science Center (Video)

Texas A&M University Campuses and Partners 

International Student Services handles Visa status for international students at Texas A&M. From Travel signatures to renewing your status, we’ll be getting to know each other a lot! Use these videos as a starting point to understand your Visa status.

Welcome to Aggieland from ISS 

Texas A&M and International Student Services welcomes you to a new and an exciting future at Texas A&M University! While the journey in Aggieland may start with challenges to face and changes to experience, the reward will be great! Aggieland is a special place! The Spirit of Aggieland, the unique traditions, comaraderie, excellence academics, Aggie network, and so much more! ISS is here to assist you in your journey as an international student.
Welcome to Aggieland by ISS (Video Welcome)
 

Overview of ISS Services

The mission of ISS is to facilitate international students’ admittance to the United States, to assist international students’ transition to life in the United States and at Texas A&M, to promote interactions between the U.S. and international populations, and to provide services necessary to meet the special needs of international students.
Overview of ISS Services (Video Presentation)
 

F-1 Visa Basics

Students with F-1 Visas are required to learn the fundamentals of their Visa status. This information will make renewal and transfer easier in the future.
The F-1 Visa Basics is presented in 3 parts (videos presentations)

  1. Getting started: Immigration Document Overview (Video Presentation)
  2. The Basics: Know Your Status & Know the Rules (Video Presentation)
  3. Uh-oh: Failure to Maintain Status & Final reminders (Video Presentation)

Please check out more information on our website on F-1 Visa at http://iss.tamu.edu/Current-Students/F-1-Status
 

J-1 Visa Basics

Students with J-1 Visas are required to learn the fundamentals of their Visa status. This information will make renewal and transfer easier in the future.
The J-1 Visa Basics is presented in 2 parts (videos presentations)

  1. J-1 Visa Basics Part 1 (Video Presentation)
  2. J-1 Visa Basics Part 2 (Video Presentation)
Please check out more information on our website on J-1 Visa at http://iss.tamu.edu/Current-Students/J-1-Status
 

Terra Dotta Software

International Student Services (ISS) now uses Terra Dotta software to manage international student records.
Please visit the following link for more inforamtion about Terra Dotta, walkthrough videos, information on making requests, and FAQ.

ISS Terra Dotta
 

Guide to Campus Employment (F-1 Visa and J-1 Visa), SSN, and Taxes

Need money? Want a job? How do you pay taxes? What jobs are available? Learn the fundamentals of finding a job on-campus, establishing a Social Security Number (SSN), and how to pay taxes.

Guide to On-Campus Employment (Video Presentation)
SSN and Taxes (Video Presentation)

Please check out more information on our website for more information on on-campus employment, SSN, and taxes at https://iss.tamu.edu/Current-Students

ISS Events and Programs

International Student Services works closely with campus student organizations to plan and promote events. Learn about student events hosted by both ISS and partner organizations.
For more information on the ISS Events and Programs, please see the following webpage.
The following are links to the ISS Social Media platforms

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Your health and safety are important. Texas A&M provides many services to all students to help maintain wellbeing and safety at Texas A&M. Please review all the enclosed resources that are available for your safety and wellbeing as a student at Texas A&M University.

Scams and Safety (University Police Department)

Moving to a new country can be difficult, especially learning the do’s and don’ts. The University Police are here to tell you about how to stay safe in Bryan/College Station.

Texas A&M University is one of the safest campuses in the country, and we want to keep it that way. Our safety-first commitment extends to everyone on our campus — students, faculty, staff and visitors — as well as to our community partners. But, we need something from you in return. Please pay close attention to your personal safety and the security of your personal property. You are encouraged to rep​ort any suspicious or criminal activity to law enforcement officials. Join me, Ags, in helping make Aggieland as safe as possible. J. Michael Ragan '82, TAMU Chief of Police

University Police Department (Video Presentation)
Code Maroon Mobile App (Video)
 

Navigating TAMU Student Health Insurance (ISS and Academic Health Plans)

Texas A&M provides Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance to all its students. Learn how to enroll for your student health insurance.
AHP Website: BenefitsContactClaimsParent InformationWaiverEnrollmentEligibilityCost

ISS Insurance Presentation (Video Presentation)
Academic Health Plan (Video Presentation)
 

Student Health Services (SHS)

Student Health Services exists to advance student development and academic success by providing personalized and evidence-based healthcare to Aggies.

Student Health Services (Video)
SHS COVID On Campus Testing (Video)
 

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) exists to advance student development and academic success by providing personalized, evidence-based mental health services. CAPS values and celebrates the diversity of our students and is committed to enriching student growth and development through compassion, empowerment, advocacy and empathy.
CAPS Diversity & Inclusion and Let's Talk Programs

CAPS (Video Presentation)
 

Disability Resources

Disability Resources offers accommodations coordination, evaluation referral, disability-related information, assistive technology services, sign language interpreting and transcription services for academically related purposes. Although Disability Resources does not offer disability evaluation and/or testing, tutoring, personal expenses, attendants or scholarships, Disability Resources will provide resource and referral information.

Disability Resources (Video Presentation)
 

Healthy Relationships Through A Cross Cultural Lens (Health Promotion Office)

Dating culture in the US can be different. Learn norms of dating in the U.S. and enjoy getting to know your fellow students.
Health Promotion empowers all Aggies to embrace a culture of holistic well-being that fosters their academic, personal and professional success. Our services encompass a wide variety of topics including: fitness and nutrition; alcohol and/or other drugs; stress relief; time management; sexual health; and interpersonal violence prevention.

Healthy Relationships Through A Cross Cultural Lens Part 1 (Video Presentation)
Healthy Relationships Through A Cross Cultural Lens Part 2 (Video Presentation)

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Texas A&M administration is divided into departments. From the Aggie Honor Office to our professional University Writing Center, there are abundant resources waiting for you to use. Learn more about how Texas A&M prepares its students for the future.

TAMU Resources: Overview of TAMU Departments (ISS)

Texas A&M resources are made for students to excel both in and out of the classroom. Professional advisors can help you prepare you resume, bolster your writing ability, and find research for a pesky paper.
ISS 3 Part Video Presentation Series

  1. Part 1 The Basics (Video Presentation)
  2. Part 2 Academic TAMU Departments (Video Presentation)
  3. Part 3 Non-Academic TAMU Departments (Video Presentation)

Academic Integrity and the Aggie Honor System Office (Aggie Honor System Office)

"An aggie does not lie, cheat or steal, or tolerate those who do."
The Aggie Honor System Office responds to reported academic violations of the Aggie Code of Honor, we also facilitate remediation efforts for students found responsible for violations of the Aggie Code of Honor. The AHSO serves as a resource for students, faculty, staff and parents.  

Academic Integrity and the Aggie Honor System Office by AHSO (Video Presentation)
AHSO Presentation Quiz
 

Navigating Career and Job Search Resources at TAMU  (Career Center)

The Career Center's mission is to promote career learning and development, empowering all Aggies to realize their potential and establishing Texas A&M University as a preferred source of talent.

Career Center's 3 Part Video Presentation Series

  1. Part 1 Intro to Career Center (Video Presentation)
  2. Part 2 Job Search and Preparation Timeline (Video Presentation)
  3. Part 3 Resources (Video Presentation)

G.R.A.D. Aggies (Office of Graduate and Professional Studies)

G.R.A.D. Aggies is a compilation of professional development opportunities including workshops, seminars, training events and online resources.  G.R.A.D. Aggies aims to help students engage in activities and resources to better prepare them for professional life after graduate school. G.R.A.D. Aggies is a collaborative effort of several non-academic offices at the university. 
 

TAMU HELP DESK

Help Desk Central assists Texas A&M students, faculty and staff with their IT questions by phone, email, chat, in person and on the web.
Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Website: https://it.tamu.edu/help/
Email: helpdesk@tamu.edu
Phone: 979-845-8300


Help Desk Central (Video)
 

English Language Proficiency Program (Center for Teaching Excellence)

The Center for Teaching Excellence’s English Language Proficiency (ELP) program is a linguistic resource provided to Texas A&M’s international instructors (and prospective instructors) who wish to improve their spoken English skills. Services include private consultations, workshops, conversation partnerships, a language laboratory, and feedback on teaching.

Center for Teaching Excellence (Video Presentation)

TAMU Libraries 

Texas A&M University Libraries serves both the research and study needs of students and faculty across campus. Online research collections and services include Get it for me and Ask Us, thousands of books and journals, subject guides and more.

TAMU Libraries (Video)
How Do You Library (Video)
 

University Writing Center

The University Writing Center, a unit of Undergraduate Studies, supports writing and public speaking for every Texas A&M student, with particular emphasis on supporting Writing and Communication courses. The University Writing Center respects and addresses students’ learning differences. We celebrate language diversity and growth, emphasizing the value and recognition of Global Englishes. Above all, we seek to provide a safe space of encouragement in the development of communication processes for every Aggie, affirming the multitudes of their backgrounds and experiences.

University Writing Center (Video Presentation)
 

Money Education Center

As a student, you have invested significantly in Texas A&M. The goal of the Money Education Center is to help you maximize your return on that investment.
Through Research, One-On-One Advising, and Instruction (ROI) for Money Education (ME), we can help you do the following:

  1. Limit the cost of attending college
  2. Prepare for a lifetime of financial decisions
  3. Minimize student loan debt and future struggles in repayment
  4. Navigate unexpected financial barriers

Money Education Center (Video Presentation)
 

Scholarships & Financial Aid 

Scholarships are a great way to help pay for college and are one of many ways that you can fund your education. University scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit, leadership/participation, and financial need or any combination of these items. University scholarships are awarded by Scholarships & Financial Aid as well as academic colleges/departments and other units. 

TAMU Scholarships

TAMU Financial Aid

Scholarships & Financial Aid (Video)
 

Student Business Services

Texas A&M Student Business Services provides information to incoming students about the cost of attendance, tuition and fees, and payment options.

Flywire

Use Flywire to pay tuition and fees from your home country directly to your Texas A&M account. It’s a secure, streamlined payment process that makes it easy to pay from accounts in your home country. With Flywire, you can pay online from countries around the world, typically in your home currency.

Flywire (Video)
 

Office of the Dean of Student Life - Division of Student Affairs

The Offices of the Dean of Student Life strive to enhance your opportunities as a student to participate fully in the university experience. We do this by providing you with information, services, programs and involvement opportunities that facilitate responsible life choices and promote awareness of yourself and of your community. Each of the program areas within the Offices of the Dean of Student Life has a specific mission, but one common goal: to provide education, outreach, and support to you.

Student Life (Video Presentation)
 

Residence Life - Division of Student Affairs

The Department of Residence Life supports student success through exceptional service, facilities, and experiences; empowering students to develop as leaders, scholars, and citizens.

Residence Life (Video Presentation)
 

LGBTQ+ Pride Center

The LGBTQ+ Pride Center at Texas A&M University strives to create a thriving environment supporting the success of every student through the education, advancement, and championing of the broad spectrum of sexual, affectional, and gender identities in the spirit of the Aggie Core Values.

LGBTQ+ Pride Center (Video Presentation)
 

Student Activities 

The Department of Student Activities fosters and supports leadership, learning, and involvement opportunities that enhance the growth and development of students and recognized student organizations.  As members of the university community, we are committed to a philosophy of shared responsibility that develops leaders of character dedicated to serving the greater good, and we subscribe to the Texas A&M core values of Respect, Excellence, Leadership, Loyalty, Integrity, and Selfless Service.

Student Activities (Video Presentation)
 

TAMU Rec Center

Rec Sports offers many different facilities. From our 400,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Student Recreation Center, to our top-rated Natatorium and our newly renovated Penberthy Rec Sports Complex, there’s something for everyone!

TAMU Rec Center (Video)
 

TAMU Transportation

Transportation Services is an empowered team of professionals dedicated to providing efficient, dynamic and innovative fleet, parking and transit services to the community.
Bus Routes Webpage: https://transport.tamu.edu/busroutes/

TAMU Transportation Bus Services (Video)

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International students from around the world have created a new home at Texas A&M. There are activities for every interest and groups for every nationality. Over 130 countries are represented by students like you. What groups will you join?

Aggie BSM 

We are a student organization that values community and bringing people together. 

  • Free lunches on Wednesdays
  • Time4Chai partnered with Desi Aggies
  • Community Groups
  • Conversational English Classes
  • Tuesday Night Explore - Dinner and Discussion
  • And more...

Website: http://aggiebsm.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AggieBSM/

 

Ballet Folklorico Celestial

We're a group at Texas A&M that dance and perform traditional Mexican dances. Founded in 1991 by a group of students, Ballet Folklorico Celestial was created to help preserve the Mexican tradition of folklore dance. With the support from the community and the Aggie family, Ballet Folklorico Celestial has been able to spread the knowledge of ballet folklorico for more than 15 years.

Website: http://tamubfc.simplesite.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BalletFolkloricoCelestial/

 

Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA)

CSSA is a TAMU student organization that provides services for Chinese students and scholars, spreads Chinese culture, organizes cultural activities, and connects Chinese students and people who are interested in Chinese culture.

Website: https://www.cssatamu.com/
 

Desi Aggies

Desi Aggies is a social arm of the South Asian (Desi) community at TAMU directed towards bringing international students together and promoting South Asian culture. We serve to foster a sense of belonging for Desi students at TAMU, as well as provide a means for them to express themselves and a platform for them to give back to the Aggie community. We also promote and encourage relationships with other student communities.
As a social organization, we conduct a variety of events, which are aligned with our mission. One such popular event is Time 4 Chai, a weekly opportunity for all students to meet and network with fellow Aggies over snacks, games, and chai (South Asian tea), and enjoy Desi culture! Other events we conduct include Bollywood nights, the Spring Biriyani Fest, trips around Texas, and fun summer events.

All our events are open to everyone! If you’re interested, please contact us on the following social media links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DesiAggiesTAMU
 

Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG)

The Graduate and Professional Student Government of Texas A&M University, exists to work in cooperation with the Texas A&M University administration, faculty, and student leaders to advocate for graduate and professional students and to ensure that their needs are understood and considered when campus policies concerning academic excellence, tuition and finance, and research are made.
Advocacy-Communty-Scholarship

Website: https://gpsg.tamu.edu/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gpsgtamu/

 

Hispanic President's Council (HPC)

The Hispanic Presidents’ Council (HPC) aims to serve as a means through which all Hispanic students can rise to achieve their full potential as both scholars and leaders in the Texas A&M community. To obtain its purpose, the council will promote the awareness of existing Hispanic organizations available to the student body of Texas A&M University. HPC will also serve as a support group for organizations by disseminating resources to the student population and organizing events, but more importantly providing a “voice” for the concerns of the Hispanic population.

Website: https://www.hpctamu.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hispanicpresidentscouncil/

 

Indian Graduate Student Association (IGSA)

IGSA aims to serve Indian graduate students (current, former and future) and their families at Texas A&M University. We work towards the advancement of more than 800 Indian Graduate students. We recognize and understand the unique issues faced by them and help in acclimatizing to College Station. To know more about our organisation please check the links below.

Website: https://igsatamu.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/igsatamu/

 

International Affairs Association (IAA)

The International Affairs Association of Texas A&M University is committed to making connections with other student organizations around the world to create educational opportunities and explore ways to learn from each other. The Association also actively works to be a resource for international students studying at Texas A&M University by planning in-state trips and local events.

Website: https://tamuiaa.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tamuiaa/

 

International Student Mentors Association (ISMA)

Howdy!! Welcome to Texas A&M University! Hope you guys are super excited to join TAMU. We definitely are extremely eager to host you guys very soon! 
ISMA is an TAMU organization that strives to help international students adjust to American culture, while making new and long lasting friendships. Each international student is given a mentor, who has been a student at Texas A&M for at least one semester. Mentors will help international students with questions and activities around campus. They also spend time with international students and create a welcoming environment at A&M. ISMA plans socials and road trips, where mentees and mentors travel around Texas and create new memories that will last a lifetime. Join ISMA and we will be your family away from home! 


Website: https://www.ismatamu.com/
Facebook: ISMA Texas A&M University

 

International Student Association (ISA)

The International Student Association includes students from throughout the world who strive to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all Aggies. ISA members are proud of their home countries and want to share their cultures with the Texas A&M Community. ISA provides a safe space for international and U.S. students to interact, unleash their creativity, and share their cultural identities.
ISA's Mission is to promote cultural awareness through event programming and community engagement, to represent and advocate for international Aggies, and to provide opportunities for members and officers to develop global leadership skills.


Website: https://isa-aggies.tamu.edu/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/internationalaggies/

 

Malaysian Student Association (MASA)

Selamat Datang! That means welcome in Bahasa Malaysia, and here, at the Malaysian Student Association, you truly are! The TAMU Malaysian Student Association (MASA) is a registered non-profit student organization at A&M dedicated to serve as a platform for Malaysian Aggies and promote Malaysia's unique culture, life and diversity to the community in Bryan-College Station. We are proactive in organizing cultural events, gatherings and exciting activities (outings and fairs) to promote the multi-cultural diversity of Malaysians. We have around 10 Malaysian Aggies as active members. We meet up, we eat, we talk and most importantly we study.

Website: https://masatamu.weebly.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/167516419995193

 

MSC CAMAC: A Latinx Programming Committee

MSC CAMAC: A Latinx Programming Committee works on uniting students from diverse backgrounds by presenting programs that enrich the awareness and understanding of Latina/o cultures and values.

Website: https://camac.tamu.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MSCCAMAC/

 

MSC L. T. Jordan Institute for International Awareness

The MSC Leland T. and Jessie W. Jordan Institute for International Awareness is a student and staff run organization dedicated to providing Texas A&M University and the surrounding community with international exposure through on-campus programming and travel abroad opportunities.

Website: https://ltjordan.tamu.edu/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MSCLTJordan/?fref=nf

 

MSC Student Conference on Latinx Affairs (SCOLA)

MSC SCOLA is a student organization that focuses on the creation and execution of a three-day conference in which participants have the chance to hear from a wide array of speakers ranging from professionals within the academic, government, business, and media sector.

Website: https://scola.tamu.edu/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TAMUSCOLA/

 

MSC Student Conference on National Affairs (SCONA)

MSC Student Conference on National Affairs provides programs for students across Texas, the nation, and the world to exchange ideas and discuss the role of the United States in the global community.

Website: https://scona.tamu.edu/
Facebook: 
https://www.facebook.com/MSCSCONA 
 

Reformed University Fellowship (RUF)

Being a long way from home  can be really difficult, especially when you are facing the challenge of navigating a new culture and language. RUF International is here to welcome international students and scholars from around the world to Texas A&M University!
As an international student, we want to walk alongside you as you navigate life outside of the classroom! In addition to your studies, we want to help you experience the local culture, develop lasting cross-cultural friendships, and better understand who Jesus Christ is. Come join us for what we hope will be an exciting and life-changing experience!


Website: https://www.ruf.org/ministry/texas-am
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rufnational

 

SKY Campus Happiness TAMU

SKY@TAMU is a recognized volunteer-based student club and a positive community of happy and mindful people who meet weekly with a vision to make TAMU the happiest College Campus in the world. We offer a unique way to help you find connection, clarity of mind, resilience, and thrive in life.
SKY has a nationwide presence in 58 university campuses and has impacted more than 100,000 plus students by our programs and has more than 400 million community members around the world.


Website: https://www.skycampushappiness.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SKYatTAMU/

 

TAMU Argentine Tango Club

“The beginning and the ending of the tango is the walk.”
Argentine Tango is a colorful dance that has roots in the African, Native American, and European cultures. TAMU Argentine Tango Club and BCS Argentine Tango Club exist to promote and build a vibrant tango culture in Bryan/College Station.
Join us for weekly free lessons at TAMU PEAP building as well as TruFit gym on Villa Maria Rd. No experience needed. No partner necessary. As the start of the fall semester approaches, visit our facebook page for updates and details!


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BCSArgentineTango/
 

Vietnamese Student Association (VSA)

The Vietnamese Student Association is a non-profit student organization that promotes Vietnamese culture throughout the Texas A&M campus and the Brazos Valley area.  We help students from all cultural backgrounds appreciate Vietnamese culture through community service, social activities, and various other programs.

Website: http://www.tamuvsa.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/vasa.tamu/

 

These are a few of the many TAMU Student Orgs at Texas A&M University

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Get connected with the local area and explore Bryan/College Station. Texas is full of interesting events and festivals with big metropolitan cities to explore on the weekends. Find what exploration and travel options are available.

Visit College Station (Visit College Station)

Around here, "Howdy" is more than just a greeting you'll hear in restaurants and read on t-shirts. In Bryan College Station, "Howdy" is a feeling, and way of life. It's the resilient spirit of hospitality that flows through our community. It's the sense of belonging and feeling of home that makes you wish your vacation could last forever. We hear over and over again that we're the friendliest place in the South, so you can imagine how eager we are to welcome visitors back to BCS. While you've been away, we've been hard at work preparing to welcome you back safely and responsibly. So, when you're ready, we'll be here to greet you with a friendly "Howdy!"

Experience BCS by ISS (Video)
 

Explore Texas 

Explore the BIG state of Texas! From the national parks like Big Bend National Park to the live music in Austin Texas, there is plenty to explore in the state of Texas! Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Houston Space Center (N.A.S.A.), San Antonio Riverwalk, The Alamo, Dallas Reunioin Tower, Forth Work Stockyards, U.S.S. Lexington, Texas State Capitol... and so much more to explore!
Let's Texas (Welcome to the State of Texas website with a list of things to do, places to visit, ideas to plan a trip, popular road trip destinations, and additional information about Texas.)
Virtual Tour of Texas 

Explore Texas VIDEO by ISS (Video)
 

Getting More Bang for Your Buck

Tips and tricks to stretch your dollar. Resources in how to get the most out of your money. Budget, discounts, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Reward programs, Apps, discount stores, and more.

Getting More Bang for Your Buck by ISS (Video Presentation)
 

Brazos Transit District

Brazos Transit District is a general public transportation provider. We operate Fixed RoutesADA Paratransit Service, and Demand and Response. Brazos Transit District was founded in 1974 and covered the seven counties of the Brazos Valley. We now serve 16 counties in Central and East Texas covering over 13,000 square miles with a population of 1,235,930.  We are a Political Subdivision of the State of Texas and receive funding through the Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

Brazos Transit District (Video Presentation)
 

Brazos Valley Worldfest

Brazos Valley Worldfest is a community-wide international and cultural festival organized by Texas A&M University. The first festival was held in 2007 with 3000 attendees. Since that date, it has grown to around 9,000 annually. The FREE festival includes performances on stages, displays representing around 30+ cultures, arts and crafts, candy shop, storytelling and international cuisine. 

Brazos Valley Worldfest (Video Presentation)
 

BCS Community Education Center

BCS Community Education Center offers a Reading Readiness Class, ESL, High School Equivalency Classes in English and Spanish, and High School Equivalency Testing.  We offer open registration for all classes.  We offer online classes in ESL, High School Equivalency Classes in English and Spanish.
EVERYONE IS WELCOME!  
 

Discovery Program

Many international students and faculty have spouses and young children who need the chance to make new friends and get to know the Bryan/College Station area.
Discovery provides the opportunity to get together with other international ladies for classes and programs to help you adjust to living in our community.
All international women are welcome to come join us at Discovery.

Discovery Program (Video Presentation)
 

English BCS

English BCS is a team of educators with expertise, experience, and passion.
For many years, we taught English as a Second Language to international students at Texas A&M University’s English Language Institute. This high-quality intensive English program earned the highest accreditation from CEA (the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation). When the university closed the English Language Institute (ELI) in May 2017, we believed that the linguistic needs of internationals were being ignored, and that our job was not yet done. We created EnglishBCS as a private school/consulting service to help meet those needs.
There are many wonderful free ESL programs in our community operated by caring people. We do not aim to replace or compete with them, but rather to complement them with something more rigorous and scholarly. Our target audience is educated adults with academic and professional goals who speak English as a second (or third, or fourth) language.

English BCS 
(Video)
 

iHouse Aggieland

At the iHouse (International House), we understand what it’s like to be far from your country, customs, and especially, family. Our goal is to make your transition to Texas, and life in Aggieland, a little easier. Our services, social events, and community projects in the iHouse help you feel like you are “home away from home”.
We have a number of activities throughout the year like dinners, holiday celebrations, coffee meetups, trips and more!
Follow iHouse Aggieland on Facebook or Instagram, or email ihouseaggieland@gmail.com to get involved!

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The following Sponsors have partnered with ISS to help support and donate toward ISS Events and Programs. for international students at Texas A&M University. We appreciate their partnership and support! Please check out thier services. 

American Campus Communities College Station

At American Campus Communities, our mission is to make your experience at Texas A&M University a success. It's not just about a great apartment and great amenities. It's about giving you the resources and academic environment you need to succeed with a college experience you'll remember.
American Campus Communities College Station  

ACC VIDEOS


campus SIMS

campusSIMS helps international students get connected with mobile phone service in the US. Through campusSIMS’ exclusive partner Mint Mobile, students can sign up and get their US phone number while in their home country, and have mobile phone service ready to use as soon as they land.
Students can get low-cost, reliable mobile phone service starting at as low as $15 per month that includes:

  • A free SIM card
  • Unlimited talk and text
  • High speed data
  • Nationwide coverage on the fastest, most advanced network
Student SIM Order Form

campusSIMS (Video)
 

CORT

For over four decades, CORT Furniture a Berkshire Hathaway Company has worked hand-in-hand with apartment communities across the country and beyond. They have become the nation’s leading furniture rental company by offering the apartment industry and their clients a variety of solutions:
Contact one of their Senior Account Executive, Stephanie Hickman to learn more about any of our Student programs or visit CORT online at http://cort.com/student and select Houston to check them out!

CORT VIDEO (Video)
 

The Grand 1501

Exclusive Living In The Perfect Location w/Beautiful Amenities and Spacious Floor Plans. Come View Fabulous Apartments with Fabulous People! Basketball Court. Playground. Dog Park. Near Shopping. 24/7 Fitness Center. Amenities: Walk-in Closets, Ceiling Fans.
thegrand1501
 

2818 Place and Parkway Place

Create the ultimate home away from home at 2818 Place, a gorgeous community with student apartments near Texas A&M. Browse through our website and you will find a stunning array of one, two, and four-bedroom apartments in College Station, TX. All of our floor plans feature fully furnished living spaces with private bedrooms and bathrooms, spacious walk-in closets, and stylish features. We also offer complimentary Internet and cable, in-home washers and dryers, and gourmet kitchens stocked with appliances. Residents also get access to an exclusive amenity package, featuring a resort-style swimming pool, a 24-hour fitness center, an outdoor grilling station, and so much more. Visit 2818 Place today to see what you have been missing.

Parkway Place offers upscale student housing in College Station that is just minutes away from the Texas A&M campus. Our location is so close to campus that students love living at our apartments near Texas A&M; we offer everything they need for an exceptional residential experience in College Station. Within each student apartment home and throughout our community, we’re sure that you’ll enjoy being surrounded by premium amenities and features specifically designed to enhance your lifestyle and add to your college experience

2818 Place Website and Parkway Place Website

2818 Place and Parkway Place VIDEO


We hope that you found the modules and content in the New International Student Orientation to be valuable and informative as you are preparing to come and begin your journey at Texas A&M University as an Aggie!

We would like to receive feedback on the NISO so we can continue to improve the content that will  assist Aggies in the future. Please click on the link to the NISO Survey to complete the survey. Once you have completed the survey, you will receive instructions that will enable you to receive a free ISS T-shirt at the beginning of the semester. You will need to come to our office to pick up your T-shirt. 


NISO Survey

Thank you, welcome to Texas A&M, and Gig'em Aggies!


Aggies, in addition to the NISO, there are many helpful resources on the ISS website.
Please check out the following pages for additional information that will assist you in preparation in coming and arriving in Aggieland.

Arrival Information Includes information on travel to and within Aggieland, housing, and more...
Check-In Check in with ISS, have holds removed, and maintain compliance within federal and university regulations. 
Resources Additional resources including an apartment locator map, dependent handbook, exploring the state of Texas, obtaining a Driver's License/State ID, and so much more...