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New Graduate Student and Graduate Teaching Assistant Orientation

New Graduate Student and Graduate Teaching Assistant Orientation

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 2:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

 Student Activities Center - Multipurpose Room

Orientation Information


 Register now for graduate orientation!


Welcome to graduate study at the University of Louisville!  Whether you are a full or part-time student, relocating or local, pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree, graduate orientation is designed to assist in your transition to graduate study at the University of Louisville.  All new graduate students are invited and highly encouraged to attend orientation.  New graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) are required to attend the general session and the GTA-specific session.  If you are a new GTA but not a new graduate student at UofL, you are still required to attend the GTA-specific session.  If your department is offering formal training for GTAs, they must notify us in writing at that you will be excused from our orientation.  Failure for GTAs to attend orientation without departmental support and School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies (SIGS) approval may result in stipend delays.

 Graduate orientation is meant to complement departmental orientations by providing information on University policies and programs, and by allowing an opportunity for you to connect with other graduate students (new and current) and University administrators.   

 Graduate orientation will include a student resource fair and sessions to discuss programs, policies, and academic transition issues.  In addition, there will be a session restricted to new GTAs.   While at orientation, you will be able to have your Cardinal Card made, learn about campus organizations and resources, and take a campus tour. 

 If you previously attended UofL, you do not need to get a new Cardinal Card unless you are beginning a program on the Health Science Campus (HSC).  For Cardinal Card Office hours and to find out the benefits associated with your card, please contact the Cardinal Card Office.  If you are registered for classes, we encourage you to obtain your Cardinal Card prior to orientation due to the large number of students expected to attend. Students have the option of providing the Cardinal Card office with a photo online prior to orientation.  For more information, please visit and choose the orientation session "Graduate Student" to use this option. 


Student resource fair:  2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

New Student General Session:  3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

GTA Session:  5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  

Cardinal Card IDs made:  2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.


A campus tour will be available during orientation and will begin from the Multipurpose Room of the Student Activities Center at 2:45 p.m.  To schedule a campus tour prior to orientation, please call 502-852-6565. 


The student resource fair will be held from 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  The student resource fair will allow students an opportunity to learn about student resources and services, graduate student organizations, as well to meet current students.  Students will be able to get their Cardinal Cards made at the student resource fair. 


A GTA-only session will be held from 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  This session will provide GTAs with information on legal issues and using Blackboard in the classroom, as well as perspectives on teaching from current GTAs.


The School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies has partnered with the Human Resources Department (HR) to create a centralized payroll orientation program for incoming graduate students who will receive a stipend through a graduate assistantship or fellowship.  HR has created a web site to provide information about the new orientation process. The web site instructs students to complete an electronic I-9 and new graduate student hire packet prior to attending an orientation session. The site also provides a link for students to register for one of the seven orientation sessions that HR will hold.  The link to this site is:


The University of Louisville requires all new international graduate teaching assistants, with the exception of those teaching a foreign language, to demonstrate their level of proficiency in the English language before they may begin their teaching assignments.  The English proficiency evaluation consists of a 20 minute teaching demonstration, during which the GTA will present a topic that would be typical of a teaching assignment for a class which he/she is to teach.  You must schedule your teaching demonstration by making an appointment with the IESL office. Please contact Nancy Henry at or at 502-852-5901.  


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Appointments can be made on the above dates from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Free parking for graduate orientation sessions will be available in the Floyd Street parking garage (#75, E3 shown on the map at this website):  Please enter at the stop light on Floyd Street and NOT by the semi-circle in front of the Student Activities Center.  If you are prompted to take a ticket to proceed into the garage, you have entered at the wrong entrance and your parking will not be free.

To obtain a UL parking permit, please contact the the Parking Office directly at 502-852-PARK or order online at


Register online for graduate orientation at:


If you have questions about graduate orientation, please contact the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies at or (502) 852-3101.

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