Information for Parents and Families

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Congratulations on your student’s admission to the Yale Class of 2018!

OISS looks forward to welcoming parents, family members and friends who will be accompanying their Yale College students to OIS 2014.  The OIS program is designed primarily for students, however this year we have added a few more programs for parents and family members that will help you become more familiar with this new community.


Monday, August 18th

Lunch       Branford College with OIS

2:00 pm​     OIS Opening for students and parents

3:00 pm     OIS Parents Orientation – an introduction to the liberal arts education and the first year experience

5:00 pm     Reception for parents and family members

Tuesday, August 19th

9:30 am      Dean’s Welcome, Jonathan Holloway, Dean of Yale College

10:30 am    Tour of the Yale Art Gallery

After the OIS Opening, your student will go off with the OIS counselors and the other OIS participants to begin their program. Parents and other accompanying family or friends are invited to the parents’ orientation and reception. This informal gathering is designed to give parents a chance to ask questions and to learn the range of services that will be available to your international student during their time at Yale.

Parents who plan to accompany their children to New Haven should be aware that OIS participants will be fully occupied during the day and evening.  We will provide parents with information about activities and sightseeing in the New Haven area, but parents should note that between Tuesday afternoon, August 19 through Thursday, August 21 there are no scheduled activities for parents.  Programs for parents will resume on Friday, August 22 when Freshman Orientation begins.  In previous years, some parents have used these some days to visit New York or Boston.


Overnight Accommodations

Hotels in New Haven which are walking distance from campus are listed below. Book as early as possible as availability may be limited

Learn more about New Haven.