Planning for your F&M Experience as an International Student

Preparing 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 2022:  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 Adviser for International Student Services, Jessica Haile jhaile1@fandm.edu.  

Important Dates for Students Arriving in August 2018

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

Late April 2018: Earliest you can apply for your F-1 visa (120 days from Program Start Date which is move-in day)

late July 2018: 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.

Wednesday, August 22:  Mandatory Arrival Day for new F-1 International Students / International Orientation Begins.  This is your official Program Start Date.  All International Orientation programs are mandatory.  This is the first day that you are permitted to move into your College House.

Saturday, August 25: All-Student Orientation Begins in late afternoon, and continues through Tuesday the 28th .  All Orientation programs are mandatory.  

Wednesday, August 29:  First day of classes