Exchange Students

Exchange Students

Exchange & One-Semester Students:

Welcome to Champlain College, Burlington, Vermont! We are delighted you have chosen Champlain College as your study abroad exchange program. We are hopeful this experience will be a culturally enriching and rewarding one. Our international student advisor will assist you with all aspect of your admission and arrival.





August 23, Sunday  Plan to arrive in evening
August 31, Monday Classes begin for Fall 2015
October 12 & 13 College closed for fall break
November 25-27 College closed for Thanksgiving break
December 11, Friday Last Day of classes for Fall 2015
December 14-18 Final Exam Week - Residence Halls close Sat. Dec. 19

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The International Student Advisor will send the acceptance letter and the appropriate Certificate of Eligibility (DS-2019 for J-1 visa  or I-20 for F-1 visa). For  the Certificate of Eligibility should be processed in early May for fall enrollment and mid- November for spring semester admission. The International Student Advisor will contact you if additional information is needed.

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All Champlain College students must provide proof of certain immunizations as required by the State of Vermont Public Health before they enter the classroom. This means all incoming international exchange students must show medical documents for certain vaccinations before they are allowed to attend Champlain College.  These immunizations are expensive so we encourage students to visit their physician in his/her home country.

Download immunization and health form.

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All J-1 exchange visitors and their J-2 dependents must be covered by sickness and accident insurance for the duration of stay in the USA.  This health and emergency medical insurance must comply with the Exchange Visitor Program regulations as mandated by the U.S. Department of State.  Each exchange visitor and dependent must provide a letter to the Office of International Education prior to your arrival showing proof of insurance and the policy includes the following:  

Minimum health insurance coverage required:

  • Medical benefits of at least $100,000 per accident or illness.
  • In case of death, repatriation of remains in the amount of $25,000.
  • In case of serious injury, payment of expenses associated with the medical evaluation of the Exchange Visitor to his/her home country in the amount of $50,000.
  • A deductible not to exceed $500 per accident or illness.

Each international and exchange student will be automatically billed for Champlain College health insurance coverage. To waive this insurance, you will need to submit an insurance waiver form to the Student Accounts Office.

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Student bills will be sent around mid June for Fall and are due in July and for spring, bills are available in October with a due date of late November. If you have questions about your bill, please contact the Student Accounts Office.

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Upon application, Exchange and one-semester students should select at least five courses of interest that are preapproved by his/her home institution.  Every effort will be made to enroll you into these courses.  You may add or change a course only during the first week of the semester.

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You will need to sign into your Champlain Mymail Account. By doing so, you will gain access to Champlain College's online resources and be able to pay your student account bill. As a new student you will need to activate your account. You may start from here.

  • Sign into your MyChamplain Account.
  • Enter your user name: first.last (it must be full first name and not nickname).
  • Enter your password: mmddyyyy (date of birth without slashes) - Date of Birth password is used only when ACTIVATING your account for the first time).

MyChamplain Account is where you will personalize your password from the original Date of Birth. Students having difficulty signing in may contact Champlain's helpdesk at or 802-860-2710 to reset your password. Your password will be reset to your Champlain 7-digit ID number. The International Student Advisor will email you separately with your ID number.

Now you have logged into your Champlain College online resources you have access to Champlain College's email account and WebAdvisor. WebAdvisor will give you access to a variety of student information including your course schedule, billing information and other data.

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For Fall semester tuition and housing bills will be delivered to your Champlain College WebAdvisor account and are due in July, 2015.   Students will be billed for the Champlain College's health insurance, however if you carry comparable insurance, this fee can be waived.  Information on how to pay your bill through TouchNet and how to transfer funds can be obtain by contacting Teresa Crowley or Sue Garrow in the Office of Student Account.  They will answer your questions regarding your bill and health insurance waiver.  Please visit the Office of Student Accounts for more information.

How to Waiver the Champlain College Health Insurance

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The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a US federal law that affords parents the right to have access to their children's educational records, the right to seek to have them amended, and the right to have some control over the disclosure of personally identifiable information from the education records. When a student turns 18 years old, or enters a post-secondary institution at any age, the rights under FERPA transfer from the parent to the student. Permission must be given by the eligible student to discuss or release certain information.

Download FERPA Form.

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It is advised to make your travel plans after you receive your student visa. Based on your arrival information a international orientation leaders will greet you at the airport and take you to your residence hall and help you get settled. Student must notify the Office of International Education of arrival by December 15 for spring semester and August 1 for fall semester. 

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The Office of Residential Life will make your room assignment and this information is located on your WebAdvisor account. Exchange students are typically assigned to a residence hall that remains open during the college breaks. All students are responsible for his/her bed linens and pillow.  For your convenience you may order items for our dorm room ahead of time.  Visit    Please notify the International Student Advisor if you are ordering any items so we can make sure your package is delivered to your room upon your arrival.

Check out the Residential Life Housing Schedule.

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A college mailbox will be assigned to you after you arrive. These student mailboxes are located at Cushing Hall Mailroom at 246 S. Willard St. Students can use the mailroom services to receive his/her mail, stamps or send packages.  If you order bedding items online please use the format for FedEx or UPS delivery.  See the attached format. Download Campus Mailing Address Format.

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 Fall Semester 2015

August 23, Sunday—Arrival

Exchange & one-semester international students should plan to arrive on Sunday evening, August 23, 2015.  Arrival information must be provided by August 1 for Fall orientation.   An airport pick up will be arranged.  The residence hall will be open on Sunday, August 23 but no meals are served on this date.  Our international student orientation leaders will make sure you get settled in and accompany you to a local eatery.  If you arrive before this date, you will be responsible for lodging, meals and transportation. 

Fall 2015 International Student Orientation

August 24, Monday - August 27, Thursday   

You will join all new international & exchange students for a four -day orientation designed to get you settled into your residence hall, take care of college business and connect with students, faculty and staff.   

August 28, Friday - August 30, Sunday—All New Student Orientation

Following the special International Student Orientation Program, you will join the all new student orientation. This orientation includes the official college welcome, special programs and activities for all new students.

August 31, Monday - Fall Semester Classes Begin 

Cultural Adjustment

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Kathy Lynn, International Student Advisor/DSO

Assistant Director, International Student Services

Office of International Education
Champlain College
163 South Willard Street
Burlington, Vermont 05401
Photo: (802)-865-6485