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 2025:   Your F&M Admission portal will be a helpful tool for keeping on track for all-student intake forms and required items.  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 or Adviser Alyssa Hostetter  


Helpful Links for New Students


Important Dates for Students Arriving in August 2021

May 2021:  Begin to apply for your  Form I-20 by completing the form in your F&M admissions portal. International Student Services issues this government form.

May 2021: Earliest you can apply for your F-1 visa (120 days from Program Start Date which is move-in day).  You will apply for your visa with the US Consulate in your country.

July 25, 2021: Earliest Arrival Date in the US as an F-1 Student for students arriving in August for Orientation. (30 days before Program Start Date). This date is printed on your I-20. Do NOT arrive on a visa earlier than this date.  If you are admitted as a tourist before this date, you would need to leave the US and reenter as an F-1 student. Accomodation reccomendations can be found on our page, and the Admission website.

**Note that you are responsible for housing before any F&M programming begins. Additionally, parents and guests are not allowed to stay in the dorms.