International Student Orientation
First year international students should plan to arrive no earlier than Sunday, August 14, 2016. If you must arrive earlier than August 14, plan to stay at a Syracuse airport hotel (see the Syracuse Airport Hotel Guide for multiple listings) or local hotel near the College (see accommodations).
Late May 2016: Expect to receive your I-20 no earlier than this!
Wednesday, June 1, 2016: Earliest date to apply for your F-1 Visa.
Friday, July 15, 2016: Deadline to notify our office of your travel plans. Please complete this travel form.
Friday, July 15, 2016: Earliest date to arrive in the U.S. You may not enter the U.S. more that 30 days in advance of the report date on your I-20.
Saturday and Sunday, August 13 & 14, 2016: Earliest date to arrive on campus for Orientation. If you must arrive later, then contact our office immediately.
Monday, August 15, 2016: MANDATORY international student orientation begins.
- 9:00AM New F-1 International Students Welcome Breakfast--Dwight Lounge, Bristol Center
- 10:45AM Campus Tour. Admissions, Suida House
- 12:00PM Lunch at Commons
- 1:30PM Mandatory New F-1 International Student Meeting (bring your passport, visa, I-20, etc.)--Elihu Root House Lobby
- 3:00PM Break
- 3:15PM Session I: English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Courses (Britt Hysell, Director of the ESOL Program) (Dwight Lounge, Bristol Center)
- 4:15PM Break
- 4:30PM Q&A Session and Wrap Up
- 5:15PM Dinner at Commons
- 7:00PM Shopping Trip (including purchase of cell phones) (Pickup at Sadove Center Circle)
Tuesday, August 16th, 2016:
- 8:00AM Breakfast at Commons
- 9:00AM Session II: Student Health Insurance (Health Center Representative) (Kirner-Johnson, Room TBD)
- 10:00AM One Stop Shop -- Set up Bank Accounts (Kirner-Johnson, 1st Floor Commons)
- 1:00PM First-year Student Orientation begins
Tuesday, August 23, 2016:
8:45PM MP2 (Multicultural Peer Mentoring Project) Welcome Reception -- Days-Massolo Center. For international students who signed on during the summer to participate in the Project.
Friday, August 26, 2016 Sadove Center Conference Room
- 4:30PM Session III: Transitions: Adjusting to Life at Hamilton (TBD, Counseling Center)
- 5:15PM Break
- 5:30PM Catered Dinner
- 6:00PM Session IV: Navigating the American College Classroom: Honor Code, Plagiarism, etc. (Vivyan Adair, Associate Dean of Students for Academics and Associate Professor of Women’s Studies)
- 6:45PM Wrap Up
Sunday, August 28, 2016, 6pm: International Friendship Program (IFP) dinner. Students will meet their IFP hosts and enjoy a traditional American cookout. All international students – both those with and those without IFP hosts – are welcome. The Hub at Bristol Campus Center.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016, Sadove Center Conference Room
- 4:15PM Session V: Finding and Securing an On-Campus Job (TBD, Student Employment Representative and Peer Intern, Career Center)
- 4:45PM Break
- 5:00PM Session VI: Employment Forms (Mike Thayer, Employment Manager); Applying for a Social Security Card (Allen Harrison, Associate Dean of Students for Multicultural Affairs and Accessibility Services); and Creating an Individual Record for Income Tax Purposes (GLACIER) (Erika Mumford, Payroll and Accounts Payable Manager)
- 5:45PM Wrap Up
Monday, September 12th, Library
4:30pm Session VII: Introduction to Library Resources (Alex Rihm, First Year Experience Librarian)