Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Fall 2016 Orientation, Academic Advising, and Language Placement

Updated August 18, 2016

All events are REQUIRED unless otherwise notated.

Pre-Registration for incoming students (except international) Jun 08 - Jul 15 Check RIS   Course Schedule
International Student Orientation Fri, Aug 12 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM Student Union (TX Union Ballroom), UNB 3.202 Visit website
C+DMES Orientation (MES & MELC programs) Mon, Aug 15 9 - 11 AM Calhoun 516, Reading Room General program requirements and course policies. Light refreshments provided. Led by graduate coordinator
C+DMES new employee       meeting Aug 15 11 - 11:45 PM CAL 516
Required of students with TA/AI assignments. Discussion of tuition/health benefits
DMES/MELC: Group meeting Aug 15 2 - 3 PM CAL 516 with Dr. Karen Grumberg, Dr. Na'ama Pat-El, Dr. Kamran Aghaie, and graduate coordinator
CMES: Group meeting Aug 15 3 - 4 PM CAL 516 with Dr. Blake Atwood, Dr. Kamran Aghaie, and graduate coordinator
CMES: Individual advising (Dual-Degree only) Aug 15 4 - 5:30 PM CAL 516 Specific times to be assigned
CMES: Individual advising (Single degree only) Tue, Aug 16 1-4 PM CAL 515 Specific times to be assigned
CMES Language Placement Exam
Wed, Aug 17 9 AM - 2 PM (ARA). 9 AM - 12 PM (other langs.) MEZ 4.136 - Arabic                   MEZ 1.216 - Persian, Turkish, Hebrew Self-registration required. For Arabic only, 15-min. oral proficiency interviews must be scheduled. Sign-up links will be sent by email on Aug. 15. These OPIs are required to complete the exam, and will be conducted on: Wed (3-6pm); Thu (12-3pm; 4-6pm); and Fri (3-6pm). Results will emailed by Mon, Aug. 22.
1st day of registration.    General schedule Fri, Aug 19 starts at 8 AM Online See your RIS to view access periods and identify remaining bars that prevent registration.
MES Library Orientation
Mon, Aug 22 11 AM - 12 PM PCL 2.340 (Learning Lab #2) MES librarians: Dale Correa & Uri Kolodney
College of Liberal Arts TA Orientation Mon, Aug 22 1-3 PM GAR 0.012 Required of new TAs. AGENDA
CMES: Meet & Greet / FAQ Tue, Aug 23 2 - 3 or 3:30 PM CAL 516 With current students in CMES
Arabic Program Meeting Tue, Aug 23 10 AM - 3 PM PAR 101 Required of new and returning TAs/AIs. Led by Michael Mendoza and Dr. Olla Al-Shalchi. Updates will be emailed to relevant students.
Graduate School orientation (suggested)
Tue, Aug. 23 8 AM - 3 PM Hogg Memorial Auditorium RSVP required
1st class day Wed, Aug 24      
4th class day: Tuition &     add/drop deadline Mon, Aug 29 ends at 5 PM   Add/drop deadline. Classes dropped if tuition not paid by 5 PM. View bill.
Labor Day holiday Mon, Sep 05     University closed
12th class day Fri, Sep 09 ends at 5 PM   Graduate Coordinators can add/drop classes until this date

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