Schedule & Activities

IFS 2023 Timeline

July 30th-August 5th
Virtual Week Begins

virtualweek.jpgYour seminar professor will hold an introductory virtual class. You will meet your professor and fellow classmates and receive a deeper look at your course experience. Virtual aspects of IFS will begin on July 30th, and these will be extended to and blended with in-person instruction. IFS students will receive detailed instructions to their IU email address.

August 6th
Student Move-in

move-in-day-ifs.jpgIFS move-in day is Sunday August 6th. IFS Check-in will take place the same day. Move-in times and check-in locations will be announced in July. Check the website and your IU email. After checking in, you may be getting settled into your room and saying goodbye to your family. We recommend enjoying a meal together before they leave Bloomington. Here you will find local dining establishments, including options within walking distance.

August 6th
IFS Welcome Festival

welcomefesttimeline.jpgIt is your first evening on campus! IFS Welcome Festival is a great time to meet and greet your classmates and fellow students after your family has left campus.  Music, games, and snacks are part of this traditional welcoming event. There will be activities to help you mingle and get to know other IFS students.

August 7th
First Day of In-Person Class

student writing in classroomStudents will receive IFS class meeting details and plans from their professors. IFS teaching assistants will guide and assist you in finding your classroom on campus. Courses will continue with daily instruction and activities through August 16th.

August 9th
Open Mic Night


Open Mic Night is a chance for students to show off their talents! IFS Open Mic Night welcomes talents of all kinds: singers, musicians, dancers, group acts, poets, comedians, puppeteers, yodelers, jugglers, jesters and more! The range of acts spans from polished professional performers to acts that threw something together in their dorm the night before. You never know what will happen at open mic night!

August 10th
Faculty Panel

facpanel.jpg During the Faculty Panel, a handful of IFS faculty members talk about IU Themester from the perspective of their academic disciplines. The fall 2023 Themester theme is "Lux et Veritas | Light and Truth." Faculty Panel is a series of engaging presentations from IFS faculty, a lively panel discussion, and a chance for you to ask questions.

August 15th
Academic Forum & Closing Celebration

acforum1.jpgThe final days of IFS consist of an Academic Forum and a Closing Celebration. During the Academic Forum, students present projects, analysis, and research from their IFS studies and engage with other students and classes. Afterward, IFS students, staff, and faculty attend a Closing Celebration. IFS coursework will conclude by noon on August 16th.

August 16th
FYE Welcome Week

20190823_traditionsandspiritofiu_jb_1213.jpgThe Office of First Year Experience offers exciting Welcome Week programming for students as they arrive to campus. From CultureFest, which is your opportunity to start finding your people, to Traditions and Spirit of IU, where you will get to see first-hand what Big Ten athletics are like and get a feel for what it is like to be a Hoosier, Welcome Week has something for everyone. FYE programs will continue through your freshman year. 

August 22nd
Fall Semester Begins

fallsemesterbegins_timeline.jpgIU Bloomington fall semester courses begin. Plan your semester by visiting Student Central where you can find official IU calendars, steps to managing your class schedule, and financial planning resources.