International Student Orientation

First year international students should plan to arrive no earlier than Saturday, August 12, 2017. If you must arrive earlier than August 12th, 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 2017:  Expect to receive your I-20 no earlier than this!

Thursday, June 1, 2017:  Earliest date to apply for your F-1 Visa.

Monday, July 17, 2017:  Deadline to notify our office of your travel plans.  Please complete this travel form.

Friday, July 14, 2017:  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 12 & 13, 2017: Earliest date to arrive on campus for Orientation.  If you must arrive later, then contact our office immediately.

Monday, August 14th

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) Kirner Johnson 102

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 15th  

8:00AM    Breakfast at Commons

9:00AM    Session II: Student Health Insurance (Health Center Representative) Kirner-Johnson 202

10:00AM   One Stop Shop -- Set up Bank Accounts (Science Center Atrium)

1:00PM     First-year Student Orientation begins

Monday, August 21, 2017

8:45PM  MP2 (Multicultural Peer Mentoring Project) Welcome Reception. For international students who signed on during the summer to participate in the Project.  Scott Field House

Sunday, August 27, 2017,

5:30PM  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.


Contact Information

Allen Harrison

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