Weather in Minnesota

“Can you believe all the snow we got last night?!” “Beautiful day out there isn’t it?” "Well you know it’s not the heat that bothers me, it’s that darn humidity!” You will probably hear a lot of comments like these at St. Olaf because Minnesotans love to talk about...

Roommates

  Before arriving at St. Olaf: you might consider trying to get into contact with your future roommate before the semester starts (by e-mail, Facebook, or other means). It can help take some pressure off and help you both begin getting to know each other. Other...

Safety at St. Olaf

In general, St. Olaf and Northfield are very safe. However, the college has extra resources to ensure that students are always supported and safe both on, and off-campus.   On-Campus: Public Safety Public Safety provides 24-hr security for the St. Olaf campus,...

Drugs and Alcohol Policy

Hello International Oles! Being in college is an amazing experience and we as ISCs are here to assist, advise, and guide you so you make the most of your experience as an Ole. In college, you have all the freedom, but I should add that freedom comes with...

Creating your own experience

  Individual Major: St. Olaf offers a wide range of different majors and concentrations but sometimes students gain an interest in different academic fields. St. Olaf offers the chance for its students to design their own majors. If you have an idea about the...

Holidays and Breaks

St. Olaf has numerous breaks during the academic year. During breaks, the residence hall is available for all students with no extra costs. But for the winter break, the Residence office will be sending out an email for students to sign up if they would like to stay...

Mental Health

  PERSONAL SIDE NOTE ON MENTAL HEALTH: We believe that thriving mental health is very key to all your success at Olaf. It is therefore important that you take care of your mental health. Do all the things (or most of) you know you need to do to be in the correct...

Health Insurance in the United States

First, what is health insurance and why do you need it? US Health insurance can be extremely confusing even for US citizens! Unlike many other countries, the US does not have a universal health care system that is paid by the government. All medical procedures are...

Mobile Phones

Mobile phones are essential for various purposes in your daily life at St. Olaf, including verifying 2-step security for your social accounts and email, contacting your employers, friends, or more importantly, making emergency calls. Though some students survive...

Transportation

On Arrival Day, Tuesday, September 1st, all international students will be picked up from the airport by a school arranged bus. Depending on the individual arrival times students will wait at the designated location for whichever round of pick-ups is next. You will...

International and Off-Campus Study Abroad

As you will hear many times, St. Olaf is a leader of study abroad programs in the US and is proud of its high number of students studying abroad. As an international student, you are obviously already studying abroad, but that doesn’t mean you don’t get to explore St....

Looking ahead to your first summer

After a long first year full of new experiences, people and adventures you might want to go back home and spend some quality time with family and friends, and that’s great! However, you may find other options if going back is not in your plans. You can stay in the US...

Wellness

What is Wellness? Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices towards a healthy and fulfilling life. Maintaining both physical and mental wellness can help prevent illness (colds and other viruses), stress, and can help you succeed both in...

Activities and Student Organizations

There are a lot of opportunities for you to find your passions and interests on campus, with the help of our numerous student organizations! At St. Olaf, International students from around the world are welcome, and the school takes great interest in all backgrounds....

Classroom Culture and Professional Relationships

St. Olaf is a community of students coming from all sorts of academic and cultural backgrounds. Therefore, this blog post is to help inform you about general student behaviors and expectations when it comes to participating in classes and interacting with professors....

Title IX Definitions and Resources

What is Title IX?   The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces, among other statutes, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that...

Banking

Common Forms of Payment in the U.S.   Cash - is not as popular in the U.S. as credit/debit cards. Many people in the U.S. find it more convenient to carry credit/debit cards. One can argue that using credit/debit cards can be too convenient, such that one spends...

International Student Diversity

  Hey International Oles!!   Arriving in the United States can often be scary. The prospect of being in a new country, with new customs, and for some, a completely different language, can be overwhelming, even if you have been away from home before. Luckily, at...

Cost of Being a Student and Budgeting as a Student

The estimates that appear on the Form I-20/DS-2019 are usually accurate, and international students are expected to have funds to cover the full amount shown. It is usually not possible to arrange for more financial aid once you arrive at school. If you receive a...

Academic Support Resources

Center for Advising and Academic Support (CAAS)   Doing homework, writing essays, or even catching up with lectures can be overwhelming in college, especially if English is your second language. But don’t worry! St. Olaf has the free academic resources offered by...

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