Group shot at Holland beach


International PASSPORT is a six-day program designed for you as a new international student, as well as your adult family members. It takes place just before the school year begins. International PASSPORT eases the transition to North American culture and introduces you to Calvin through activities and creative workshops.

Who should attend?

You—if you're an international student or have extended overseas living experience. The International PASSPORT program is designed for you as well as your adult family members.



Linda Bosch
Assistant Dean of International Student Development

Esther Kwak
Program Coordinator of International Student Development

More information

What to expect

Calvin’s orientation programs have three objectives

  • To introduce you to Calvin's purpose, people, and programs
  • To help ensure your smooth transition to college
  • To prepare you academically for your years at Calvin

International PASSPORT is designed along two tracks—one for you and one for your family members. You’ll attend a few of the sessions together. Here’s a sampling.

Participate in

  • Academic advising and placement tests so you can plan your fall schedule
  • Campus worship and group activities
  • Trips to places such as Lake Michigan, a nearby mall, and downtown Grand Rapids

Learn about

  • Calvin's core curriculum and your major
  • The cultural transition to American academic and social life
  • Setting up your banking and managing your finances
  • Living in the residence hall or off-campus

Hear from

  • Calvin’s President
  • A panel of faculty members