Orientation/Pre-Arrival

The International Education Office located in Building NU6 offers a variety of support services for students and scholars. If you need assistance at anytime, please contact the International Education Office at 480-461-7756 or email us at mccintadmissions@mesacc.edu.

Mandatory Orientation - Welcome! Come and Join Us!

The mandatory 2014 Fall International Orientation will take place on Wednesday, August 13th from 7:45 am - 12pm. The location will be announced during the spring 2014 semester. Please download the Agenda here.

Pre-Arrival - What to Bring?

Immigration Documents

Make copies of all your documents and make a list of all your valuable items just in case they get lost or stolen. Obtaining replacement documents and articles can be time consuming and costly if you do not have records.

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • SEVIS Fee paid receipt
  • I-20

Other Important Items

  • Airline tickets
  • Credit cards
  • Emergency contact information
  • Medicines and prescriptions
  • Birth Certificate (copy)
  • Transcripts and educational documents (extra copies)
  • Electrical Adapter (voltage in U. S. is 110)

Clothing

Arizona has some of the best weather in the nation between the months of September through May. The temperature will average 65-75 degrees (18 - 24 celcius degrees) during the day and 35-45 °F (2 - 7 °C) at night. Our summer months, June through August, can reach temperatures of over 100 °F (43 °C).

Light cotton clothing is recommended for most of the year if you are living in the greater Phoenix area. Most people dress very casually during the summer months. Many students wear shorts and light cotton blouses or t-shirts to campus.

Our winter temperatures can be chilly, reaching temperatures of 50 - 60 °F (11 - 15 °C). During winter months, you will need jeans, sweaters and a light jacket. If you leave the greater Phoenix area to visit cities located in higher elevations, you will need heavier and warmer clothing during the winter months. It snows in many places such as Flagstaff, Prescott, and at the Grand Canyon.

In addition to recommended clothing items, we strongly recommend you always wear sunscreen with a minimum sun protection factor of 15, sunglasses and a hat in the summer months.

Arrival Resources

  • When you arrive, you may take a taxi to Mesa, or a shuttle. There are many services that run from the airport to Mesa. Simply do a search online for these services. It can cost between $20-$50, depending on the service that you choose.
  • A local Asian church, International Baptist Church of Arizona, provides the following resources for new Asian students to MCC. Please note that MCC is not affiliated with this church and the services that they provide are of their own accord.  They can serve students speaking in Chinese, Cantonese, Tagalog, Japanese, and Korean. Once again, please feel free to contact them for additional information.

Asian international students who need some help can arrange for the appropriate resources to meet their needs. They provide the followings services:

  • Pickup and drop off at Sky Harbor International Airport
  • Locate an apartment before student enters the U.S.
  • Provide transportation to grocery/furniture/department stores once every week
  • Provide guidelines for student to find a temporary living residence
  • Provide information such as local transportation, weather, etc., to aid students in adapting to the new environment
  • Contact information:
    David Day (480-784-7936) davidday47@gmail.com
    Wilson Cheung (480-559-4713) taswilsonckl@gmail.com

Housing

Download our Housing Resources guide here.

What to Expect - Adjusting to the U.S. Quickly and Comfortably

Explore - Get familiar with your environment

  • Come to MCC and visit us in International Education in the NU6 building as soon as possible, after your arrival.
  • Go on a campus tour
  • Talk to the office staff, faculty and students in your department.
  • Ask a student or staff member if they would show you around the department.
  • Attend local events and seminars (see Current Magazine, The Record and The Michigan Daily newspapers for listings).
  • Enjoy walks around the College
  • Attend International Orientation!

Learn Cultural Norms - Pay attention to other people's behavior

  • How do they greet each other?
  • How do they line up for a bus? How do people seat themselves on a bus?
  • How do people interact in professional settings, like offices? in the classroom? in a store? on the street?

Be Slow to Judge

  • Ask someone who knows the culture about your observations. Be sure to ask "why" people do what they do.
  • Compare how things are both similar and different in your country. These comparisons may offer you a new, insightful perspective on your own culture.

Go to events where you can meet new people

  • MCC International Education programs
  • MCC International Student Association (ISA) meetings and events
  • Speakers
  • Workshops
  • Intramural sports
  • Student groups and clubs

Be open to starting conversations

  • With students and scholars
  • With students and people in the community from your own country who have been in the U.S. for awhile.
  • MCC staff and faculty
  • Other people you meet out in the community (in restaurants and stores, at the library, on public transportation, etc.)

Read

  • Local newspapers (The Arizona Republic, East Valley Tribune, AZ Central.com, USA Today)
  • Magazines
  • Books about American culture and etiquette