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 firstname.lastname@example.org, Office of International Education.
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.
To pay the deposit for your Champlain College tuition and housing, please visit our Admitted Students webpage.
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 Assistant Director of International Student Services, in the Office of International Education to discuss the early arrival dates. Please also check the Champlain College Academic Calendar before you make travel arrangements.
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 into 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 reentry into 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 get settled, take care of college business and meet various staff and faculty. International students will 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.
Online registration and payment form is live for the combined International and New student Orientations. The fee will be $150 for both orientations. This fee covers meals, expenses and activities held during orientation week.
Fall 2017 International Student Orientation
Arrival: Saturday, August 19 - Sunday, August 20, 2017
Plan to arrive on these two days. After you receive your student visa, please send your flight information to us. The residence hall will be open, however, the international orientation program and meals begin on Monday, August 21. If you arrive before Aug. 19, you will be responsible for your lodging, meals and transportation.
Monday, August 21- Thursday August 24, 2017
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 be 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 can be paid online.
All New Student Orientation
The general orientation for all new students begins on Friday, August 25, 2017 and continues through Sunday, August 27, 2017. This orientation will include the official 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 28, 2017
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.
If you are in doubt about what type of computer to bring, click here for recommended computer specifications.
A standard landline phone is available for each residence hall room. If you would like a phone in your residence hall room, then please notify the Residential Life at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cell Phone Options:
Please visit Student Life for more information.
Champlain Student ID Card
A Champlain College student identification card is issued to all new students. As a Champlain College student you will need your ID card for identification, access into your residence hall and the dining facility and riding the CCTA city buses. Discounts are also available at area businesses.
If you would like to order your Champlain ID Card prior to your arrival, then send an email with a photo in advance to the college. Your photo needs to be a color individual headshot in JPG format; no hats, no pets, no groups.
Burlington, Vermont is the largest city in the state with a population of just under 39,000. It is a very small and relatively safe city, which is home to four colleges and universities. The city is located on the shores of Lake Champlain and at the base of the Green Mountains. It is a beautiful place, with many opportunities for outdoor activities and cultural events. If you would like to explore Burlington more, please visit following sites.
Interacting with Vermonters
Are you excited or worried about your new life in Vermont? Please read Interacting with Vermont (PDF) and become familiar with American life before you come to Vermont.
Visit the U.S. Department of State website for useful information about living in the USA.
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. 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. Be sure to ask for complete information about the various plans at each bank you call or visit.
The Center for Communication & Creative Media has an Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) that allows you to withdraw money from your account 24 hours a day if your bank participates in the network.
Banks in Burlington, Vermont
Champlain College offers the Unlimited Access Free Bus Ride Program. All Champlain College faculty, staff and students can ride any CCTA 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.
Please see Obtaining a VT Driver's License for a step by step guide for international students wishing to get a VT driver's license.
Office of International Education
163 Willard Street
P.O. Box 670
Burlington, Vermont 05402-0670