Office of International Education
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 16, Saturday - Arrival
Exchange & one-semester international students should plan to arrive on Saturday evening, August 16. An airport pick will be arranged. Orientation leaders will accompany you to a local eatery on this date if necessary. The residence hall will be open but if you arrive before this date, you will be responsible for lodging, meals and transportation. The orientation program begins on Sunday, August 17.
August 17-21, Sunday - Thursday International Student Orientation Program
A special international student orientation is planned. This orientation is mandatory and will provide you time to get settled in your residence hall, take care of college business and connect with students, faculty & staff. A fee of $150 is required.
August 22-24, Friday- Sunday
This second orientation will include a formal welcome ceremony, special programs and fun activities for all new incoming students and families.
|August 25, Monday||Classes begin for Fall 2014|
|October 13 -14, Monday & Tuesday||College closed for break.|
|November 26-28, Wednesday - Friday||College closed for Thanksgiving break|
|December 5, Friday||Last day of classes|
|Dec. 8-12||Exam Week|
|Dec. 13||Residence Halls close|
The International Student Advisor will send the acceptance letter and the appropriate Certificate of Eligibility (DS-2019 or I-20). For spring semester 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.
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. Upon arrival, if you do not have proof you received these vaccines then you must obtain them through our health care services in the USA. These immunizations are expensive so we encourage students to visit their physician in his/her home country.
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. Proof of this insurance coverage is required upon entering the US.
Minimum health insurance coverage required:
Each international and exchange student will be automatically billed for Champlain College Plan A health insurance coverage. To waive this insurance, you will need to submit an insurance waiver form to the Student Accounts Office.
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exchange and One-semester students should select at least five courses of interest and every effort will be made to enroll you into those courses. You may add or change a course only during the first week of the semester.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
Fall Semester 2014 tuition and housing bills will be delivered to your Champlain College WebAdvisor account and are due July 25, 2014. 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 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.
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.
It is advised to make your travel plans after you receive your student visa. Based on your arrival information someone will meet you at the airport and take you to your residence hall and help you get settled. Download Arrival Form
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. Check out the Residential Life Housing Schedule.
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. Download Campus Mailing Address Format.
International students will participate in a special international student orientation as well as the regular all new student orientation. Student should plan to arrive on the evening of Saturday, Aug. 16. If an airport pick up is needed, you must provide the Office of International Education a copy of your arrival plans. First day of the international student orientation begins on Sunday, August 17 and the week will include activities and information sessions and provide the student an opportunity to get settled in, take care of college business and meet staff and faculty.
Kathy Lynn, International Student Advisor/DSO
Assistant Director, International Student Services
Office of International Education
163 South Willard Street
Burlington, Vermont 05401