The Global Education Office organizes lunches and get-togethers frequently during the semester and we encourage you to attend these. It is a good opportunity to meet and interact with people from all over the world. If you receive any material regarding an American host family arrangement from ISI, you may want to fill it and return it. It can be a new experience to spend some time with an American family and get to know their culture and share yours.
Going around the campus will be very confusing for the first few days. Get a Campus Map. Do go around the campus and familiarise yourself, this will be helpful when searching for on-campus jobs.
Remember that vehicles are driven on the right side of the road; in fact, even people walk on the right side of a pathway or staircase. Take care while crossing roads, jay walking is a punishable offense.
It is mandatory for every international student to have health insurance. The Student Health Center (next to Mesa Vista Hall) gives out student health insurances. If you are prone to frequent illnesses even of a minor nature, we strongly advise you to take Plan A which is slightly more expensive compared to Plan B. You will learn more about health insurance plans after you get here. If your department is providing you a Teaching Assistantship, your health insurance will usually be borne by them and you do not have to worry about it.
You can open an account in whichever bank you like. Popular options are Wells Fargo and U.S. Bank.The New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union has its branches conveniently located on campus. Be warned however that Credit Union ATM's are more difficultl to find and transactions at other ATM's will entail a fee.
NM State ID is a picture ID which you are encouraged to get within the first few weeks. This ID will act as a substitute for your passport (it is not advisable to walk around with the passport). If you know how to drive, yoo may want to get a New Mexico driver's license instead of a State ID.