International Orientation

Pre-Arrival & Orientation

International Students

Pre-Arrival Orientation for international students consists of a variety of videos, information and activities to help you prepare for your American adventure and is offered through the D2L system.  Upon acceptance you will be sent your username and password.

 

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  • Arrival Orientation Schedule

    On-Campus Orientation

    In addition, we offer a short in-person orientation for international students prior to the start of classes each semester.  Below is a general schedule of orientation.

    Start of August:

    PRE-SEASON INTERNATIONAL ATHLETE ARRIVAL & ORIENTATION
    7:30 pmOJC International Pick-up at Denver International Airport
    Please check with International Relations or your coach for the exact date.

    Thursday:

    NEW INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ARRIVALS
    9:00 pmOJC International Pick-up at Denver International Airport
    If you are driving or coming in at a different time/date, you will need to make arrangements to get to Otero Junior College.

    Friday:

    WELCOME TO OJC!
    8:00 amContinental Breakfast
    8:30 amIntroductions to International Office, Staff and each other
    Provide copies of passport, visa, I-20, health insurance info, print I-94

    ENGLISH/MATH PLACEMENT TESTS & REGISTRATION
    9:00 pm    Everyone starts the Placement Tests
                    As students complete the test, we will advise, plan their course schedule and                   register them for classes, after which students can get their student ID, make                 a payment on their OJC bill, register in the Learning Commons for check out                   privileges, visit the Campus Store for their OJC “gear” as they wish.  This will                 run through the day until all students are registered and have their student IDs

    BRUNCH @ the OJC Food Court

    OPTIONAL OPPORTUNITIES – CHOOSE ONE
    1:30 pm    Open an American Bank Account
                   Shopping & Exploring Downtown
                   Complete Registration  

    3:30 pm   CAMPUS TOUR

    4:30 pm   OPTIONAL:  US BANKING SESSION

    DINNER @ the OJC Food Court

    SHOPPING EXCURSION
    6:00 pm:Shopping at Walmart & the Dollar Store

    Saturday:

    ACADEMIC SESSION
    9:00 amReview of important Academic expectations
    9:30 amUtilizing MyOJC


    WALKING TOUR OF DOWNTOWN LA JUNTA
    10:00 amLeave for Downtown La Junta on foot
    11:30 amLunch @ Lucy’s Tacos Downtown
    12:30 pmReturn to OJC Campus

    IMMIGRATION SESSION
    1:00 pm:Review of Responsibilities/Benefits
    1:30 pm:Complete International Student Data Form

    CULTURAL SESSION
    2:00 pm:Review & Discussion about cultural adjustment, perception and resources.

    GETTING STARTED
    2:30 pm:Review of basics of the OJC and La Junta Communities
    3:00 pm:Student to Student discussion with International Orientation Leaders.

    OFFICIAL HOUSING CHECK-IN
    4:00 pm:Go through the official housing check-in process in the lobby of Wunsch Hall to complete paperwork, get mailbox combo and more.

    DINNER @ the OJC Food Court

    VISIT TO THE ARKANSAS VALLEY FAIR (FALL ONLY)
    DINNER:You will have the option to get dinner at the Fair or if you prefer you can get something at Walmart or the Subway Shop @ Walmart for dinner.

    BOWLING & DINNER (SPRING ONLY)
    DINNER:Student will order options from the Kitchen @ the Bowling Alley

    SHOPPING EXCURSION
    8:15 pmStop @ Wal-Mart/Dollar Store for some of the basics
    9:30 pmReturn to OJC Ca

    Sunday:

    CAMPUS TOUR
    10:00 amBring your class schedule with you.

    WELCOME FROM THE IRO: PIZZA & A MOVIE
    12 noonThe IRO Welcomes all new and returning international students, IRO member and special guests.

    JUMP START GENERAL ORIENTATION (FALL ONLY)
    Schedule TBA

    OPEN SWIM @ TIGER POOL
    2:00 pmInvite your new friends & head down to Tiger Pool @ the High School on Smithland Avenue. Admission into the pool is FREE with your Student ID.



  • Airport Runs

    Airport Runs

    Airport Runs at the end of semester in the fall will be the day after the last day of finals and in the spring the day after graduation.

    FALL 2017 END OF TERM AIRPORT RUN WILL BE DECEMBER 14, 2017
    SPRING 2018 END OF TERM AIRPORT RUN WILL BE MAY 6, 2018

    The bus or van will leave OJC at 6:00 am arriving at Denver International Airport between 9:30 and 10:00 am. Please keep this in mind and book your flight to leave after 12 noon. If you have to book a flight that leaves earlier, book it for the day after the airport run and stay over in Denver so that you can make your flight.

    AIRPORT RUNS 2017-2018
    Arrivals: Pre-Season International Athletes AUG 4
      New International Students AUG 17
      Returning International Students AUG 19
      Classes Begin AUG 21
      Final Exams Finish DEC 13
    Departures: All International Students* DEC 14
    Arrivals: New International Students JAN 11
      Returning International Students JAN 13
      Final Exams Finish MAY 4
      Graduation MAY 5
    Departures: All International Students MAY 6


  • Alternative Arrival Transportation

    If you are unable to get a flight that arrives at the scheduled OJC International Pick-up/Drop-off times, you will need to find another means of getting to La Junta. Here are some options that you might want to consider.

    From Denver International Airport via Greyhound Bus

    From Albuquerque Sunport Airport (ABQ) via AMTRAK Train

    From Kansas City International Airport (MCI) via AMTRAK Train

    From Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) via AMTRAK Train

    From Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) via AMTRAK Train

    Public transportation/Taxi Services are not available in Rocky Ford at the Bus Stop or in La Junta at the AMTRAK station at potential arrival times. You will need to contact the International Relations Office, coaches or friends for transportation from these stops to Otero Junior College. Please make these arrangements in advance of your arrival.

    Cost estimates based on March 2015 rates.