International Student Services
Congratulations on your acceptance to Champlain College! The following information outlines the next steps you need to take prior to your arrival to the United States. If you have any questions, please contact International Student Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For students from countries other than Canada: For step-by-step guidance on how to pay your SEVIS fee and apply for an F-1 student visa, please click here.
For Canadian and Bermudian citizens ONLY: For step-by-step guidance on how to pay your SEVIS fee and enter the U.S. successfully in proper F-1 student status, please click here.
The enrollment deposit is $500.00 U.S. dollars and is due by May 1, 2019.
There are two options to pay your deposit as an international student:
Champlain College has partnered with Flywire to streamline your payment of tuition and fees. Flywire has no bank fees, low exchange rates, and allows you to pay in your home country currency. Please visit champlain.flywire.com, create an account, and follow the directions on how to send your money safely and securely to Champlain College.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Flywire can ONLY be used to pay a Champlain College international student's billed tuition and fees; it cannot accept payment for off-campus or personal expenses.
Alternatively, if you have a U.S. credit card, you can go to champlain.edu/deposit and pay your deposit.
Again, to secure your spot at Champlain, this step must be completed by May 1, 2019.
Learn more about international students' tuition and fee payment.
International students must arrive on campus and move into the residence hall several days before the beginning of each semester to attend a special international student orientation. These dates vary from semester to semester so it is necessary for you to contact your Director of International Student Services in the Office of International Education to discuss the early arrival dates. The early arrival date for Fall 2019 is Saturday, August 17 or Sunday, August 18, 2019.
If you intend to travel in the U.S. prior to coming to the campus, you need to know that according to U.S. Department of Homeland Security regulations, all initial or beginning F-1 or J-1 visa students are only allowed to enter the U.S. 30 days or less in advance of the program start date as shown on the Form I-20 or DS2019. Please consider this regulation carefully when making travel plans to the U.S.
A beginning student wishing to enter the U.S. more than 30 days prior to the program start date must qualify for and obtain a visitor visa. A prospective student notation will be shown on his/her visitor visa and the traveler will need to make the intent to study (F-1 or J-1) clear to the U.S. immigration inspector at port of entry. If you do not make it clear to the immigration official at this point in time, you will need to exit the U.S. and reenter with the appropriate F-1 or J-1 status.
Once you have made your travel plans, please use the Arrival Form to submit your flight information to the Assistant Director of International Student Services at Champlain College so that we can be made aware of your date of arrival and need for airport pick up.
A student health form is required of all incoming international students showing proof of specific immunizations. The State of Vermont mandates that all students submit proof of vaccines prior to attending classes. Please visit our Health Services website for more information and to download these required health forms.
Please see our Health Insurance for International Students website page for details.
International students will participate in both the special International Student Orientation and the general all-new Student Orientation. The International Student Orientation is designed to help our international students gain an understanding of immigration and visa-related issues, explore the campus and community, make new friends, learn more about the culture and customs of the U.S., and have fun as they begin their Champlain experience. A variety of activities, workshops and outings are planned. Contact email@example.com with questions.
The online registration and payment form is live for the combined International and New Student Orientations. The fee will be $150 and covers the cost of both orientations. This fee covers meals, expenses, and activities held during orientation week. If you pay for International Student Orientation, please do not pay separately for New Student Orientation (even if you are asked to or sent an e-mail about it).
Arrival Days: Saturday and Sunday, August 17 & 18, 2019
Plan to arrive on these two days. After you receive your student visa, please use the Arrival Form above to send your arrival information so we can pick you up in Burlington. While International Student Orientation officially begins on Monday, August 19, 2019, residence hall lodging is open and meals will be provided for those arriving on Saturday or Sunday. If you arrive before August 17, you will be responsible for your lodging, meals, and transportation.
Monday, August 19 - Thursday, August 22, 2019
The International Student Orientation will give you a chance to get settled into your residence hall, take care of college business, and tour the campus. International orientation leaders are available to help you get acquainted with the campus and the Burlington city center. This is a good opportunity to meet staff, faculty, and other students who will help you throughout your stay at Champlain College. Sessions on U.S. academics, public safety, housing, and immigration are planned. This special international student orientation is mandatory for all new incoming international and exchange students. The orientation fee is $150 and must be paid online.
All New Student Orientation
The general orientation for all new students begins on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 1:00 PM and continues through Sunday, August 25, 2019. This orientation will include a college welcome, student activities, and a chance to meet the Champlain academic teams. All international and exchange students must also attend this three-day orientation.
Fall classes begin Monday, August 26, 2019
Please visit the Office of Residential Life for more information.
What to Bring
Click here to learn about "What to Bring". During International Student Orientation, we arrange shopping time for international students to buy personal items for their residence hall room.
Please visit Student Life for more information.
Champlain Student ID Card
You will be required to submit a photo to be used for your college ID card. This must be done prior to your arrival.
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It is neither necessary nor practical to carry large amounts of cash with you. If you have not done so already, you should open a U.S. checking account. If you need assistance, we will help you open a bank account during International Student Orientation. When opening an account, you must present identification (passport, driver's license) and proof of affiliation with the college. Different banks have their own policies on service charges and minimum balance requirements for checking accounts and interest yields on savings.
The Center for Communication & Creative Media has an ATM from TD Bank that allows you to withdraw money from your account 24 hours a day if your bank participates in the network.
Champlain College offers the Unlimited Access Free Bus Ride Program. All Champlain College faculty, staff, and students can ride any GMTA city bus anytime, anywhere, including the LINK Express routes for FREE. Just show the bus driver your Champlain College student ID card and then swipe it through the fare box card reader. If you need to take more than one bus to get to your destination, you MUST ask the driver for a transfer before you leave the bus.
International Student Services
163 Willard Street
P.O. Box 670
Burlington, Vermont 05402-0670