Planning for your F&M Experience as an International Student

reparing to attend college can be a daunting task.  Add in all the immigration documents, and extra steps that international students need to complete, and it can get confusing!  Follow the steps below to navigate your preparation for being a Franklin & Marshall F-1 visa student.  

For the Class of 2023:  More information will be added to the links below as more orientation plans and intake processes are finalized.   Your F&M portal will be a helpful tool for keeping on track for all-student things, and emails from International Student Services will keep you on track for immigration-related items.

In the meantime, if you have specific questions, feel free to email Assistant Dean for International Student Services, Jessica Haile  

Important Dates for Students Arriving in August 2019

Early-Mid April!  Apply for your I-20!

Late April 2019: Earliest you can apply for your F-1 visa (120 days from Program Start Date which is move-in day)

late July 2019: Earliest Arrival Date in the US as an F-1 Student, 30 days before Program Start Date - this date is printed on your I-20. Note that you are responsible for housing before your program begins and you move-in.

August 20: Arrival Day for All new F-1 International Students

August 21-23: International Orientation Programming (mandatory for F-1 students)

August 24: Beginning of All-Student Orientation