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New International Students

Obtaining a U.S. Visa

Most international students at Dickinson College come to the U.S. on an F-1 or

J-1 visa.  Information about the visa application process can be found here and at http://exchanges.state.gov/jexchanges/index.html (for J-1 students) or http://www.travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1268.html (for F-1 students).

The Visa Application Process

Helpful Hints

The SEVIS Fee

J-1 Status Information

If you are visiting Dickinson College in J-1 status, please make sure to familiarize yourself with the following information:

Responsibilities of a J-1 Visitor

The 12/24 Months Bar and the Two-Year Home Residency Requirement

F-1 Status Information

If you are attending Dickinson College in F-1 status, please make sure to familiarize yourself with the following information:

F-1 Visa Information Sheet

Travel to Dickinson College

Before travelling to the United States, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with current U.S. immigration policies and procedures .  The following information will help you plan your travel and help you know what to expect upon arrival in the U.S.:

Arriving in the U.S.

Dickinson College Transportation Policy

Harrisburg International Airport (MDT)

Harrisburg Transportation Center (for visitors arriving by train or bus)

International Student Orientation

Every new international student at Dickinson College will take part in an orientation prior to beginning classes on campus.  This orientation will be led by staff from the Office of Global Education, who will assist you in completing any campus employment paperwork, distribute information on opening a local bank account, help you apply for a Social Security Card if necessary, and review pertinent immigration information.  It is crucial that you bring all of your immigration documents to this orientation, including your passport, I-94 card, and I-20 or DS-2019.  Following international student orientation, you will participate in general orientation, which will introduce you to campus academic life and to the town of Carlisle.  Specific orientations to campus technology and library resources are available upon request.  For more information about general orientation, go to the Dickinson College Orientation website (available summer 2009).

Important Dates 2009-2010 

As you begin to plan your arrival/return to Dickinson this fall, please be reminded of several important dates with respect to on-campus housing:

August 23-24

NEW international students arrive on campus

August 29-30

RETURNING international students arrive on campus

October 17-21:  Fall Pause

Residence Halls remain OPEN; meal plan remains ACTIVE

November 25-29:  Thanksgiving Break

Residence Halls remain OPEN; meal plan is NOT ACTIVE

December 19:  Last Day of Final Exams

December 20:  Residence Halls CLOSE AT NOON FOR ALL STUDENTS

Students needing transportation to the train/bus station or airport in Harrisburg are to use the shuttle service provided by DPS.  Shuttle information is available online at:  http://www.dickinson.edu/student/shuttlesvc.html

December 21-January 1:  NO CAMPUS HOUSING AVAILABLE

Please make your plans early!  No housing will be available on campus during this time.  Assistance in finding local host families will be provided during the fall semester.

January 1-January 23:  LIMITED HOUSING AVAILABLE for students who request break housing prior to deadline.  No meal plan will be available.  Housing request forms will be available at the beginning of the semester and will be due to Residential Life by November 20.  NOTE:  Students who request housing for this period will be placed in temporary accommodations and will not be able to access their normal residence hall assignment.

January 23:  Residence halls reopen for returning students

Students needing transportation to the campus from Harrisburg are to use the shuttle service provided by the Office of Student Activities.  Shuttle information is available online at:  http://www.dickinson.edu/student/shuttlesvc.html

March 13-21:  Spring Break

Residence Halls remain OPEN; meal plan is NOT ACTIVE

May 18:  Last Day of Final Exams

May 19:  Residence Halls CLOSE AT NOON FOR ALL STUDENTS (EXCEPT GRADUATING SENIORS, OSAs, AND EXCHANGE STUDENTS)

Any other student wishing to stay on campus during Senior Week must receive prior approval from the Office of Residential Life.

May 23:  Commencement

All students with permission to remain on campus until Commencement must leave campus by 5 PM Please reference this information as you make your travel plans for the next academic year.  Please do not hesitate to contact International Services with any questions.

Getting to Know Carlisle

Downtown Carlisle offers a variety of interesting shops that can meet many of you shopping needs, and all within walking distance of campus. Check out the funky new shops on Pomfret Street, the unique ClothesVine, the Whistlestop and Pomfret Street bookstores and many more.

To view an interactive map and a list of all the shops and restaurants that are only a few blocks away, go to
www.dickinson.edu/about/maps/downtown.cfm.

 
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