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).
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
3:15PM Session I: English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Courses (Britt Hysell, Director of the ESOL Program) Kirner Johnson 102
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.