Fall 2019 Pre-Departure Orientation

For all students joining American and Canadian universities in Fall 2019 – Don’t miss Dilip Oak’s yearly Pre-Departure Orientation! Here’s your chance to clear all your doubts, gain insights on student-life in the US and meet other students joining the same university.


23 June 2019

Siddhi Banquet Hall
DP Road, Near Mhatre Bridge, Erandwane, Pune 411004

This session open to all students joining US and Canadian universities for Fall 2019
Parents are strongly advised to attend

Pack well and get to know about student-life in the USA at our insightful orientation session. Conducted by Mr. Dilip Oak himself, this session will clear all your doubts regarding:

  • Pre-Departure: Forex Regulations, Medical Checks and Immunization, Insurance and Port of Entry Procedure
  • Life in the US: Campus Tips, Accommodation and Jobs after MS

Receive a free copy of “Get Set Go”, a guide on studying in the USA by Mr. Dilip Oak

Further, make joint travel plans and secure shared accommodation with other students joining the same university!

Event Chief Guests

  • Melody Stapleton (Dean) and Dr. Seema Sehrawat (Associate Dean)
    College of Computer Science and Construction Management
    California State University, Chico
  • Margaret Wolford (International Graduate Recruiter)
    School of Engineering and Applied Science
    State University of New York, Binghamton

Session Timings

As the capacity of the venue is only 1,400 pax, we have split the program into two groups based on alphabetical order. Find details of which session to attend below:

Group 1 (Timing: 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm)

Students joining universities with names ranging from A to R (e.g. Arizona State University, Rochester Institute of Technology, etc.) and those ranging from Sa to So (e.g. San Diego State University, Southern Methodist University).

Group 2 (Timing: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm)
Students joining universities with names ranging from T to Z (e.g. Texas Tech University, University of XXXX) and those ranging from St to Sy (e.g. State University of New York – Buffalo, Syracuse University).

 Please note that California State University will fall under the letter ‘C’ and the University of California will fall under the letter ‘U’. Similarly, Florida State University will fall under the letter ‘F’ and the University of Florida will fall under the letter ‘U’.

–> Refer to the session-wise university list at the end of this page to confirm the slot relevant to you <–

Who Can Attend?
This seminar is open to all students (and their parents) joining American and Canadian universities in Fall ’19.

Entry-Passes for the Event
Students are expected to collect entry passes for themselves and their parents from the Academy. A maximum of two passes for parents will be issued.

Collect passes for event at the Academy between 9:00 am to 6:00 pm from

Monday, 20th May 2019
Saturday, 22nd June 2019

If you are unable to collect the entry pass before 22nd June, click HERE to fill up the required form and carry the same along with you on the day of the orientation at least 45 minutes before the program

 Prerequisites to Obtain the Entry Pass

  • Admission Centre and Visa Counseling Students
    Produce your Academy I-card (compulsory) and a photocopy of the I-20 form.


  • All Other Fall 2019 Students
    Produce a photocopy of the I-20 form, or
    stamped F1 visa, or
    the admission letter from the university (in case you have not received the I-20 form/visa).

See you there!

 Session-wise University List

3:30 pm Session6:30 pm Session
Arizona State UniversityState University of New York Institute of Technology, Utica
Boston UniversityState University of New York, Albany
California State University, ChicoState University of New York, Binghamton
California State University, East BayState University of New York, Buffalo
California State University, FullertonState University of New York, Stony Brook
California State University, Long BeachStevens Institute of Technology
California State University, Los AngelesSyracuse University
California State University, NorthridgeTennessee Technological University
California State University, SacramentoTexas A & M University, College Station
California State University, San BernardinoTexas A & M University, Kingsville
Campbell School of Pharmacy, North CarolinaTexas State University
Carnegie Mellon UniversityTexas Technological University
Clemson UniversityUniversity of Alabama, Huntsville
Cleveland State UniversityUniversity of Baltimore
College of Staten Island, New YorkUniversity of Bridgeport
Colorado State UniversityUniversity of California, Davis
Columbia UniversityUniversity of California, Irvine
Cornell UniversityUniversity of California, Los Angeles
DePaul UniversityUniversity of California, San Diego
Florida International UniversityUniversity of California, Santa Cruz
Florida State UniversityUniversity of Central Florida
George Washington UniversityUniversity of Cincinnati
Georgia Institute of TechnologyUniversity of Colorado, Boulder
Grand Valley State UniversityUniversity of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Hult Business SchoolUniversity of Connecticut
Illinois Institute of TechnologyUniversity of Florida
Indiana University Purdue University, IndianapolisUniversity of Georgia
Indiana University, BloomingtonUniversity of Houston, Clear Lake
Iowa State UniversityUniversity of Houston, Main Campus
Kent State UniversityUniversity of Illinois, Chicago
Lamar UniversityUniversity of Illinois, Springfield
Lawrence Technological UniversityUniversity of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
Lehigh UniversityUniversity of Louisiana, Lafayette
Long Island UniversityUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore County
Michigan State UniversityUniversity of Maryland, College Park
Michigan Technological UniversityUniversity of Massachusetts, Lowell
Middle Tennessee State UniversityUniversity of Massachusetts, Boston
Mississippi State UniversityUniversity of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
Missouri University of Science & TechnologyUniversity of Michigan, Ann Arbor
New Jersey Institute of TechnologyUniversity of Michigan, Dearborn
New York School of Interior DesignUniversity of Minnesota, Twin Cities
New York UniversityUniversity of Missouri, Kansas City
North Carolina State UniversityUniversity of Nebraska, Lincoln
Northeastern UniversityUniversity of Nebraska, Omaha
Northern Illinois UniversityUniversity of Nevada, Las Vegas
Northwestern UniversityUniversity of New Mexico
Ohio State UniversityUniversity of North Carolina, Charlotte
Oklahoma State UniversityUniversity of North Dakota
Old Dominion UniversityUniversity of North Texas, Denton
Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity of Pennsylvania
Polytechnic Institute of New York UniversityUniversity of Pittsburgh
Portland State UniversityUniversity of Rochester
Purdue UniversityUniversity of South Florida
Rochester Institute of TechnologyUniversity of Southern California
Rutgers, The State University of New JerseyUniversity of Texas, Arlington
San Diego State UniversityUniversity of Texas, Austin
San Francisco State UniversityUniversity of Texas, Dallas
San Jose State UniversityUniversity of Texas, San Antonio
Santa Clara UniversityUniversity of Utah
Southern Illinois University-EdwardsvilleUniversity of Washington, Seattle
Southern Methodist UniversityUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Wayne State University
West Virginia University
Western Illinois University
Western Michigan University
Wichita State University
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Wright State University

Fall 2015 Pre-departure Orientation

PreDep Orientation Fall 15 DarkMake Your Journey to Your American University Smooth and Hassle-Free

So, you cracked the GRE and TOEFL exams and secured your coveted admit. Perhaps you even cleared the dreaded visa interview. Congratulations! But are you really ready to go? Not quite. One thing remains to be done – you and your parents have to attend Dilip Oak’s Academy’s Pre-departure Orientation for Fall 2014. Here’s why.

What is the Pre-Departure Orientation (and What’s It For)?

If you are joining an American university in fall 2015 and want to make travelling there (and the process of settling in) an organized, tension-free process, then Dilip Oak’s Academy’s Pre-Departure Orientation is a must for you and your parents. There are several matters that you have to think through and preparations you and your parents have to make before you can begin your education in America. The orientation will explain them all. For example:

  • Accommodation – where are you going to stay when you land up in America? Is there someone who can help you get temporary accommodation until you find more permanent accommodation of your own? And what important points should you consider when looking for a good place to stay?
  • Insurance – should you take Indian or American medical and travel insurance policies? Which one is better and for what purpose?
  • Travel and Other Formalities – are you aware of the foreign exchange and airport formalities, the port of entry procedures? Did you know that you have to get a Social Security Number when you join your universities? Also, are medical check-ups or any immunizations required?
  • Documents – which ones must you carry with you? Which ones should you keep at home? And what’s the best place to keep your passport and traveler’s cheques?
  • Planning for Emergencies and Other Situation – suppose your baggage is lost or reaches you only after several days, how do you manage then? Or, if you got your luggage did you remember that you would need American coins to get a luggage trolley? And did you remember to arrange to be picked up”
  • Food, Groceries and Cooking – your mother is going to be worried about how you are going to survive when you get to America. So, should you take every single kitchen vessel that she gives you and, what about all the papad, pickle and masala she is planning to load you up with? Can you get it all there instead or, only some of it? What should you take with you then? And what about cooking lessons?

That’s just a sample of the things you have to think through but, by now you probably have got the picture.

So, in the Oak’s pre-departure orientation program, Mr. Oak will guide you through all the complexities of going to America, adapting to your new environment and settling in there. He will even cover such day-to-day matters as driving and commuting, seeing doctors and what medicines to take. He will even get into clothing and laundry. With his decades of experience in the field and as a public speaker, he will make it an extremely informative and interesting program which you and your parents must attend.

What are the Other Benefits of Attending?

1. Get a free book with all the information in it
At the orientation, you will be given ‘Get Set to Go’, a booklet written by Mr. Dilip Oak, which explains all these matters in detail – so, even after the orientation, you have a written guide to go back to any time you have a doubt.

  1. Meet other students going to your university
    At the end of the program we form groups of students joining the same university so that you can make joint travel plans and staying arrangements at the university.
  1. Get contact details of seniors at your university
    To get this information, when you come to get your pass, simply fill up a form with your contact details and we will email you the details around a week after the orientation. With this information in hand, you will be able to contact your seniors in advance and ask them for help to:
  • schedule airport pick-up
  • make temporary housing arrangements and
  • help you cope with the initial settling process

PreDep Orientation ScheduleWho can Attend?

This orientation is for students (and parents of students) who are joining American universities in the fall 2015 semester. Please note however: you will be able to attend only if you (or your child) has received confirmed admission to an American university for the fall 2015 semester. To get passes for the program therefore, show the I-20 form issued by your university (or your stamped F1 visa).

When and Where is the Orientation?

Date: Sunday, 14 June 2015
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Venue: Ganesh Kala Krida Auditorium, Near Swargate Bus Stand, Pune – 411051

Where Can I Get Passes?

You can contact our office for entry passes from 1st June.