Congratulations on your admission to GIAL!  If you have not completed your preregistration paperwork, please visit our Next Steps page. We look forward to seeing you on campus for Orientation.*

If you have any questions regarding Orientation, please contact Caiti Plante at caiti_plante@gial.edu.

*Students taking only online courses do not need to attend orientation.

1. Choose an Orientation to attend

Most students choose to attend the orientation that starts just a few days before their classes start. You may, however, attend an orientation offered earlier in the term. Please contact Admissions to notify them if you plan on coming sooner than expected.  Click to view specific dates:

  • Session 1 Orientation (view dates)
  • Session 2 Orientation (view dates)
  • Session 3 or 4 Orientation (view dates) No group orientation available. Contact Admissions to schedule the necessary orientation meetings.

Returning after an absence? Students returning after a leave of absence (over 6 months) are required to attend only day 2 of orientation. Day 1 is optional. Visit our Returning Student page for more information about re-entry.

Not starting classes next term? View the Orientation Calendar for more dates.

2. Orientation Schedule

Wednesday, April 5 (Mahler building)

Please be sure to bring the following information/items with you to Orientation:

  • Photo ID (passport or driver’s license)
  • Permanent and local address information
  • Telephone number
  • Emergency contact information
  • Any passwords you have already been using for GIAL business
  • Any electronic devices on which you would like to have Wi-Fi access


8:00 a.m.     Check-In and Photo (Mahler 5/7)

8:15 a.m.     GIAL Essentials (Mahler 5/7)

9:00 a.m.     Welcome Desk and Campus Tour (Mahler lobby)

9:40 a.m.     Break (Four Points Lounge, in Mahler building)

10:00 a.m.   Library Orientation (Library, in Pike building)

11:00 a.m.   Computer Orientation (Computer Lab = Mahler 6)

11:45 p.m.   Lunch *The Dining Hall will be open.


Please use this afternoon to finish any remaining business:

  • Check that you have completed all post-admission paperwork (Pike 113)
  • Confirm financial arrangements with Business Manager (Pike 112),
    then make payment to Cashier (Pike 112)
  • ILC registration/ILC building access name badge (Welcome Desk, Mahler)
  • ILC parking sticker/vehicle registration (Welcome Desk, Mahler)
  • Sign up for the ILC News and ILC Messages (Welcome Desk, Mahler)
  • Meet with adviser (by mutual appointment)
  • Take electronic devices to Chuck Walek for Wi-Fi access (Mahler 11)

3. What to bring to Orientation

Day 1

  • Government-approved I.D. (driver’s license or passport)

Day 2

  • Comfortable walking shoes and drinking water for the Campus Tour
  • Orientation Packets (received on Day 1 of Orientation)
  • Password to log in to Campus Café
    You should have received this information for post-admission paperwork and registration. Please email online@gial.edu if you do not have your username or password for your account.
  • Permanent address & local address while at GIAL
  • Emergency contact info
  • Payment for tuition
    Cash, check, or money order accepted. Payment plans possible. Visit our How to Pay page for more information.
  • Packed lunch or cash for the Dining Hall
  • If you are with a sending agency: documentation of any training requirements for when you meet with your academic advisor

4. Where to find us

GIAL is located on the International Linguistics Center (ILC) about 25 minutes south of downtown Dallas.  Visit our Location & Directons for more information about how to get to our campus.

When you arrive on campus you will first notice the Mahler building with flags in front.  Park in front of the building and stop by the Welcome Desk just inside the glass doors.  The Welcome Desk is a great place to pick up a map of the center, sign-in as a visitor, and register your vehicle with the ILC.

If you are already familiar with the campus, you can proceed directly to the Activity Center for orientation.  Those living on campus should be sure to check in to their rooms before orientation starts as the housing office may close before orientation is over.

5. Housing

Housing should be arranged prior to your arrival on campus. Although GIAL does not provide any housing, there is on-campus housing available through the SIL Housing office.  Visit our Housing and Campus Services page for more information.

Visitors are always welcome to stay in on-campus housing as well.  Contact the SIL Housing office directly for their nightly rate and to make reservations. For visitors that prefer hotel accommodations, please check out the Area Hotels page for information about hotels that offer a special GIAL rate.

6. Other Resources

Other links you may find helpful as you prepare to come to GIAL: