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New & International Student Orientation January 2020

Champlain College students at new student orientation

Welcome to the Champlain College community! All new students starting in the Spring term will attend our January New Student Orientation. This includes first-year students, transfer students, and international students starting classes in January.

Spring Orientation

Students excited for spring orientation at Champlain.

New Student Orientation

Champlain's Orientation program is designed to get you acclimated to the College before your classes begin. Our January Orientation is smaller than the one we hold each August to welcome new first-year and transfer students; however, our January Orientation is just as important—and just as fun and worthwhile. There is no fee, and you do not need to register. Details for the event are below.

International Flags in the Champlain cafeteria.

International Students Orientation

The International Student Orientation is designed to accommodate the early arrival to campus of our new international and exchange students and to help them get settled, take care of College business, and meet staff and faculty. The fee for International Student Orientation is $150, and you'll need to register.  Additional details and important dates are below.

Champlain College New Student Orientation: January 12, 2020

For all new students starting in the Spring 2020 term:

Move-in: 8:00 AM–12:00 PM
Commuter student check-in: 11:00 AM–12:00 PM
Orientation event: 1:00 PM
Family departure time: 3:30 PM
Classes begin: Monday, January 13, 2020

Orientation begins Sunday, January 12 with move-in and check-in. Residential students will check in at Skiff Hall (163 S. Willard Street) from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Once you are checked in, you can start moving into your residence hall. Commuter students will check in at the Student Life Center (262 S. Willard Street) from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

The rest of the activities focus on helping you get to know the campus:

You’ll be placed in a small group with other new students and an Orientation leader who will be your guide for the events.

Your family is welcome to attend morning and early afternoon activities, and then there will be a special farewell to the folks at 3:30 PM. There will be additional activities and social events after families leave that run into the evening on Sunday. You won’t want to miss any of it!

There is no fee to participate in New Student January Orientation (there is, however a fee for International Student Orientation).


Please feel free to contact Jared Cadrette with any questions you have regarding Orientation.

Champlain College International Student Orientation

For all international students starting in Spring 2020 term:

Arrive on campus: January 8, 2020
Orientation: January 9–11, 2019
Event fee: $150
Registration: required

Register now

International students will participate in both the special International Student Orientation and the general January Orientation for all new students. This special International Student Orientation is mandatory for all new incoming international and exchange students, as is the New Student Orientation for all new students.

The International Student Orientation fee is $150. This fee covers meals, expenses, and activities held during this early three-day Orientation program.

At the event new 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 United States

Questions about Being an International Student?

Email Jessa Karki with any questions about International Student Orientation.

For more information about being an admitted international student, please visit the international admitted student.


Winter arial view of Champlain College.

ARRIVAL: Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Plan to arrive on January 8, 2020. After you receive your student visa, please send your flight information to Jessa Karki, Director of International Student Services, so we can pick you up from your arrival location in Burlington, Vermont.

While International Student Orientation officially begins on Thursday, January 9, 2020, residence hall lodging is open and meals will be provided for those arriving on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. If you arrive before January 8, you will be responsible for your lodging, meals, and transportation. 

Students enjoying the lounge at Champlain College.

ORIENTATION: Thursday, January 9 – Saturday, January 11, 2020

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 Burlington city center. This is a good opportunity to meet staff, faculty, and other students who will help you throughout your time at Champlain College.

Happy Champlain College students.


New Student 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 one-day Orientation.  

Sessions on U.S. academics, public safety, housing, and immigration are planned.

Email Jessa Karki with any questions about International Student Orientation. For more information about being an admitted international student, please visit the international admitted student page.