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).

Important dates

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)

Contact Information

Allen Harrison

Associate Dean of Students for Multicultural Affairs and Accessibility Services
Elihu Root House
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