New International Students
We are so pleased that you will be joining us and look forward to personally welcoming you to campus in August.
We understand that you will have many questions about coming to Davidson and we are here to help! Please don't hesitate to email our Director of International Student Programs, Thomas Greene at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns you would like to discuss. We have many resources to assist you as you make your preparations for joining the Davidson community. Please visit our website periodically for updates and details specifically for new students. If you are admitted through Early Decision I or II, you can expect to hear directly from Thomas Greene by mid-February.
International Student Programs coordinates a pre-orientation program designed to meet the unique needs of incoming international students. If you are a U.S./dual citizen living outside of the United States, or a non-U.S. citizen, you are invited to participate in the pre-orientation. International Pre-Orientation will take place Thursday-Saturday, August 13-15, 2020.
During pre-orientation, you can:
- Meet and get to know the staff of International Student Programs.
- Be the first to meet and get to know both current and incoming international peers. International pre-orientation is a great time to develop friendships and find a sense of community as you get settled in the United States.
- Take care of practical matters, such as opening a bank account, purchasing a cell phone, applying for a Social Security Number, etc.
- Receive information about U.S. visas and how to stay in legal immigration status.
- Learn more about coursework and classes at Davidson.
- Have your questions answered about U.S. culture.
International Parent & Family Pre-Orientation
International parent and family pre-orientation is designed to empower parents and family members with information to support students through their transition to college. Parents, siblings, and other family members are invited to participate in the program. International Parent & Family Pre-Orientation coincides largely with the International Pre-Orientation and is held Thursday-Friday, August 13-14, 2020.
As you prepare to come to Davidson, below are some things to consider.
Admission and Financial Aid
- Have your final transcript sent to Davidson
- Return your Financial Aid agreement (with work-study employment preferences) if applicable
Apply for a U.S. Visa (if applicable)
- If you are in need of a visa in order to study at Davidson you will need to apply for an F-1 student visa.
- Davidson College’s International Student Programs will send you a Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant Student Status” in April or May (depending on whether you are an early decision or regular decision admit to Davidson).
- You will use the Form I-20 to pay the I-901 SEVIS fee, complete the DS-160 visa application form, and schedule a visa appointment at the U.S. Consulate. U.S. consulates are very busy, especially in the months preceding the start of fall semester. Make your arrangements quickly and be well-prepared for your visa interview. Please note that Canadian citizens do not need to get an F-1 visa, but they are required to pay the SEVIS fee and use the I-20 to enter the U.S. in order to acquire the legal F-1 status.
- Watch for email correspondence from the Residence Life Office in May—they will ask you for your housing preferences and to take the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
- Residence Life will then assign you to a room on campus and to a roommate in July
Make Travel Arrangements
- Mandatory International Student Pre-Orientation activities will happen before orientation for all new students. Pre-Orientation is mandatory so you must plan on arriving at Davidson to attend International Student Orientation. The primary move-in date for newly admitted international students will be Wednesday, August 12, 2020 -- this is the date students should aim at for their arrival campus. Residence Halls are not open during the summer and will not be open to students before Tuesday, August, 11, 2020.
- Your I-20 and F-1 visa will allow you to enter the U.S. no more than 30 days before the program start date on your I-20
Register for Classes
- In early May, familiarize yourself with Davidson's programs and requirements
- The Registrar's Office can assist you with academic information, tools, resources, academic advising and answers to your questions
- Submit your class preferences via WebTree (June 1 - June 30)
- Your online course registration must be completed by June 30
Sign Up for a Host Family
Complete Host Family Request form (Host Family sign-ups will be open to incoming students in late spring)
- Your bill for the fall semester will be emailed to your Davidson email account in mid-July
- Payment in full is due, unless you are opting for the monthly payment plan
Contact the Dean of Students
- If your contact information has changed: log into your account, access the Student Information Form under the Student tab and make all necessary updates
- Read the "common" book for orientation (common book has not been determined yet)
Obtain Your Immunization Records
- Return your medical history and physical exam form to the Center for Student Health and Well-Being by June 30.
Consider Health Insurance
- Review the Davidson policy (which you are automatically enrolled in)
- If you already have U.S. insurance coverage, instructions for waiving the Davidson insurance can be found on your tuition bill
- If you are an athlete (in a fall sport), talk to your coach now about insurance