The following is a tentative schedule of orientation events and cultural activities planned by the Center for International Programs for students at SUNY New Paltz. The Center for International Programs plans a number of events and activities throughout the year for international students at New Paltz. These activities are open to all students and are designed to introduce the life and culture of the United States. They are planned to avoid conflicts with the academic calendar. Keep in mind that this is a sampling of the activities typically planned during the year and actual trips and events are subject to change.
Welcome to New Paltz!
University faculty and administrators will welcome you to campus and provide information about the Dual Diploma program and the university.
Find your way around the New Paltz campus and take care of important tasks like having your ID picture taken, setting up a bank account, and applying for your telephone account.
Meet your academic advisor to review your course schedule and confirm the plan of study for your academic program.
A list of scheduled trips for the current summer will be distributed at orientation. If you want to join any of the sponsored trips, you should sign up at the Haggerty English Language Program (HELP) office (VH Annex 250) or occasionally online through a trip website.
Tour of the town of New Paltz
A native of the town will introduce you to the area and answer your questions.
Residence Life Meeting
Meet your Residence Director and Residence Assistants to learn about policies and activities in the halls.
Need pillows? Soap? Toothbrush? We will provide transportation to a local shopping area where you can buy things you need for your room on campus.
Day Trips to New York City
So much to do in New York City, where do you begin? You can visit museums, see the city from the top of tall buildings, shop, eat or just explore. We will provide maps and directions as well as other resources to make the most of the day in New York.
Overnight Trips to Other Cities
Trips have been planned in the last few years to Boston and Washington DC. These affordable trips provide transportation and lodging in some of the most interesting cities in the US.
CAMPUS ACTIVITIES TAKING PLACE THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER
Piano Summer Concert Series
PianoSummer is an international summer institute and festival dedicated solely to piano music. It features an integrated approach to learning and performance under the artistic direction of master pianist and teacher Vladimir Feltsman. Gifted students from around the world join with devoted musicians and teachers to learn more about the art of the piano and, ultimately, more about themselves and their place in the world of music. In recitals and performances throughout the summer, the New Paltz community joins the PianoSummer celebration, culminating in the Festival Gala performance.
New Paltz Summer Repertory
The New Paltz Summer Repertory is a center of excellence for SUNY New Paltz and a major center for theatre arts in the Mid-Hudson Valley. Not only does it draw audiences from near and far, but it also fills the role of a community-based theatre company by casting actors from throughout the region. Since its opening in 1973, Summer Rep has developed into what critics have called "the best summer theatre in the Hudson Valley." Over the years many of its productions have been named among the 'top ten' theatre offerings in the region. Each summer the professional quality productions regularly attract over 5,000 people from New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
Travel information available
Are you interested in travel within the United States? The Center for International Programs has a large library of travel books, maps and resources to assist you in planning a weekend trip or a longer adventure.