/ Center for Global Engagement

International Family Welcome Week

FRIDAY, August 18, 2023

7:30–8:30 A.M. Breakfast Phelps Dining Hall
9–10 A.M. Welcome and Opening Reception with Families and Students MMC 1st Floor Rotunda
10–11 A.M.

Family Orientation Session I
The Office of Philanthropy and Engagement will share important campus information, review the Welcome Guide and the week's activities.

MMC 1st Floor Rotunda
11 a.m.–12 p.m. Campus Tour MMC
12–1:30 p.m. Lunch with Students Phelps Dining Hall
2–3 P.M. Family Orientation Session II 
Meet with International Student Advisor to learn about Hope's global community.
MMC 158
3–5 P.M. Free Time with Students
5–7 p.m. Dinner with Students Phelps Dining Hall

Saturday, August 19, 2023 | Holland Area

7–8 a.m.    Breakfast Phelps Dining Hall
10 A.M. Campus Bus Pickup Tulyp Hotel
10:15–11:15 A.M. Holland Farmer's Market
More than 75 vendors sell flowers, pastries, fresh fruits and vegetables.
150 West 8th Street Holland, MI 49423
11:20 a.m. Board Bus  
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Lunch at Big Lake Brewing Co.

13 West 7th Street Holland, MI 49423

1 p.m. Board Bus  
1:15–3:15 P.M. Holland State Park
Walk the pier along the harbor channel to see beautiful views of sailboats and Big Red Lighthouse. Great photo opportunity. Test the water!

2215 Ottawa Beach Road  Holland, MI 49424

3:30 P.M. Board Bus  
3:45–4:30 p.m. Captain Sundae
Favorite local spot for ice cream.

365 Douglas Ave. Holland, MI 49424

4:30 p.m. Board Bus  
4:45 P.M. Quick change/drop off Tulyp Hotel
7:05–10:30 p.m. West Michigan Whitecaps Baseball Game
4500 West River Dr. NE Comstock Park, MI  49321
11:30 p.m. Hotel Drop-Off

Tulyp Hotel

Sunday, August 20, 2023 | Saugatuck

8–9 a.m. Breakfast Phelps Dining Hall
9–11:30 A.M. Free Time  
11:45 A.m. Board Bus Tulyp Hotel
12–1:30 p.m.

Tulip City Brewstillery
Food, drinks and yard games


430 West 17th Street Suite 27 Holland, MI  49423

1:45 p.m. Board Bus  
2:15–3:30 p.m. Enjoy exploring Saugatuck
A quaint little town on the shore of Lake Michigan with 30 art galleries, trendy boutiques and shops.

31 Butler Street Saugatuck, MI 49453

3:30 p.m. Board Bus
4–4:45 p.m.  Saugatuck Dune Rides

6495 Blue Star Highway Saugatuck, MI 49453

5 p.m. Board Bus  
5:30 p.m. Hotel Drop-Off/Quick Change Tulyp Hotel
6:15 P.M. Board Bus  
7–9 p.M. Boat Cruise 290 Howard Ave.
Holland, MI  49423
9:30 P.M. Hotel drop-off
Tulyp Hotel

Monday, August 21, 2023 | GRAND HAVEN

7:30–8:30 A.M. Breakfast Phelps Dining Hall
9:30 a.m. Board Bus Tulyp Hotel
10–11:30 a.m.

Enjoy Exploring Grand Haven

Downtown Grand Haven


11:45 A.M–1:15 p.m.

Odd Side Brewery

41 Washington Ave. Suite 160
Grand Haven, MI  49417

1:15 p.m.

Board Bus

1:30-3 p.m.

Grand Haven State Park

1001 S. Harbor Drive
Grand Haven, MI  49417

3 p.m.

Board Bus


3:15–4:45 p.m.

Big Lake Brewery Tour

13 West 7th Street
Holland, MI  49423

5 p.m.

Board Bus


5:15 p.m.

Hotel drop-off

Tulyp Hotel

6 p.m. Dinner on own and free time


Tuesday, August 22, 2023 | CAmpus Day

7:30–8:30 a.m. Breakfast Phelps Dining Hall
9–10:30 a.m. Faculty Panel Meet & Greet
You will have an opportunity to hear from faculty members in your student's area of study and ask questions about academic life at Hope.

Schaap Science Center 1000 (Auditorium)
11 a.m.–12 p.m.

Family Orientation Session III
Meet key staff from Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS), Career Development, Academic Success, Business Services and Campus Safety.

MMC 158


12–1 p.m.

Lunch with Students

Phelps Dining Hall

1–2 p.m.

Family Orientation Session IV
Listen to Hope International and Third Culture Kids share their Hope experience and answer your questions.

MMC 158

2–5 p.m.

Memory Maker Activity

MMC 159

5–6 p.m.

Dinner with Students

Phelps Dining Hall

6–8 p.m.

Free time


Wednesday, August 23, 2023 | Traverse City

6:30–7:30 a.m. Breakfast on own
Various locations
8 a.m.

Board Bus

Tulyp Hotel
11 A.M–12:15 P.m.

Enjoy exploring Traverse City
A bustling small city, it boasts excellent farm-to-fork restaurants, boutiques, great views of Lake Michigan, and not one but three friendly, well-stocked bookstores.

Espresso Bay 202 East Front Street Traverse City, MI  49684
12:30–2 p.m.

Grand Traverse Pie Company

525 West Front Street Traverse City, MI  49684
2:15 p.m.

Board Bus

2:45–3:45 p.m.

Winery Experience

Blackstar Farms

4 p.m.

Board Bus


4:30–5:30 p.m.

Sleeping Bear Dunes

9922 Front Street Empire, MI  49630

5:45 p.m.

Board Bus


6 p.m.

Pick up Dinner (Eat on the bus)

Shipwreck Cafe

9:30 p.m.

Hotel drop-off

Tulyp Hotel

Thursday, August 24, 2023 | Final Day

7:30–8:30 A.M. Breakfast Phelps Dining Hall
9–11 a.m. Free Time
Business Services and Boerigter Center for Calling and Career

Business Services - Anderson-Werkman Center 100 East 8th Street Suite 280

Boerigter Center- DeWitt Student Cultural Center

11:00 A.M. Board Bus
Flag Pole
11:15 A.M.–12:30 p.m. Connection
Drinks and charcuterie
Brew Merchant 442 Washington Ave.
Holland MI 49423
12:30 p.m. Board Bus  
1–2:30 p.m.

Crane's U-Pick Farm
Pick fresh, in-season fruit (peaches, apples or blueberries)
Crane's Pie Pantry
Enjoy homemade fresh fruit pies that are made the old-fashioned way from family recipes passed down through generations.

6054 124th Ave.
Fennville, MI 49408
2:30 p.m.

Board Bus

3 p.m.

Arrive back on campus

3–4 p.m.

International Family Welcome Week Wrap-Up

DeWitt, Herrick Room
4:30 p.m.

Board Bus

DeWitt Flag Pole
4:45–7 p.m.

Picnic at Kollen Park

240 Kolland Park Drive
Holland, MI 49423