Resources for New International Students and their Families
Greetings from Endicott College and the Office of International Education.
We look forward to meeting you in person and welcoming you to our campus. The information on this page is intended for new undergraduate international students and exchange visitors. To help you prepare for your arrival, we have included here important information about what to bring with you and what to expect when you arrive.
New students and parents have a lot of questions as you prepare to depart for your experience at Endicott College. Here is some detailed information that will help answer many of your questions. For more information, please refer to the New Student Orientation homepage.
Before You Arrive
Upon Your Arrival
What Supplies Will You Need?
Obtaining a Student Visa and Arriving in the U.S.
Arrival Date and Travel Arrangements
We are pleased to welcome you to Endicott College! International Student Orientation for Fall 2016 begins on Saturday, September 3, 2016. Check-in will be from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Please schedule your arrival in Boston in order to check-in and participate in all mandatory orientation activities. We recommend you schedule your flight so you can arrive on campus by Friday, September 2nd. No student should arrive later than this date. If you plan to arrive to the Endicott campus prior to or later than September 2nd, please inform our office immediately. Please make sure you have filled out and returned the Arrival Confirmation Form by Friday, August 5th.
Booking Round-Trip Travel
The last day of final exams for Fall 2016 is Wednesday, December 21st. You will most likely not have your Final Exam schedule until after classes have begun. Therefore, please make all travel arrangements for the end of the semester to depart the United States on or after the evening of December 21st. The On-Campus Residence Halls will close on December 21st, and all students must depart campus by 7 PM.
Students who have obtained an F-1 or J-1 visa must travel with their passport, visa, I-20 or DS-2019 form, and SEVIS Fee payment receipt in their carry-on bag. These documents will be required to enter the United States at the Port of Entry. It is recommended that students carry all documents used to issue their student visa along with them during their travel to the United States. Customs and Border Patrol has the right to ask a student for any additional documentation as they see fit, such as proof of financial support or admission to Endicott College.
All students must submit Endicott College Health Forms and Immunization Records to the Health Center prior to arriving on campus. International students must also submit a Tuberculosis Risk Assessment form.
What to Expect When You Arrive
When you arrive on campus, you will be greeted and welcomed by the staff of the Office of International Education and our Global Ambassadors. The Global Ambassadors will help you check in to your residence hall and bring all your belongings to your room. On Saturday, September 3rd, there will be a check-in at the Office of International Education from 1:00 to 2:00 PM. Please bring your passport and other immigration documents to the check-in.
The orientation is centered on the new students, and therefore there will not be any sessions offered specifically for family members. However, all families are welcome to accompany their students to the College and to meet the staff. In the morning of Sunday, September 4th, there will be an Immigration and Cultural Orientation session. In the afternoon, a shuttle will be provided for a shopping trip for any last minute supplies students may need. That evening, all new international students will attend a welcome dinner with the College President, Dr. Richard Wylie. All students are required to attend.
Check back later for link to Fall 2016 International Student Orientation Schedule
All students are strongly encouraged to have a bank account. A full-service ATM operated by Bank of America is located next to Public Safety and is available 24 hours a day. Representatives of local banks will be on campus to open bank accounts for new students on Monday morning, September 5th, in the Post Center Field House. Please make sure you have some funds to open a new account. Students who choose not to open a Bank of America account will be charged a nominal fee to utilize the ATM machine on campus.
The Global Ambassadors will work with the new international students to help them set up a U.S.-based cell phone upon their arrival. We recommend students select a no-contract, pay-as-you-go phone service. You will need funds to activate your service.
Gull Card (Endicott ID card)
The Gull Card is an Endicott student’s identification card, dining card, and library card on campus. All new students will have their photos taken and Gull Cards produced during orientation.
A full list of supplies can be found on the Residence Life homepage, What to Bring? In the United States, most colleges have beds that are “Extra Long Twin” sized and require special sheets that are 99 x 203 cm. These can be ordered online and shipped to the student or purchased upon arrival. For more information on supplies and residence halls, visit the Residence Life homepage or contact Residence Life.
All new international students will attend an information session regarding their immigration status in the United States on Sunday, September 4, 2016. This session is required for students holding F-1 or J-1 visas and will cover rules and regulations for maintaining lawful status in the United States while attending Endicott College. This session will also help all new students understand their rights and responsibilities as international students, including options to work in the U.S. both during and after completion of their programs of study.
Important Instructions for Using Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 and Entering the United States
1. RECEIVING FORM I-20 or DS-2019
SEVIS Form I-20 for F-1 visa students or SEVIS form DS-2019 for J-1 students, is the official U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services document on which Endicott College has certified that you have been admitted for the purpose of enrolling in full-time study toward a degree. With this document, you are now able to apply for an F-1 or J-1 student visa.
In order to be issue an I-20 or DS-2019 you will need to submit the International Certification for Immigration Requirements form, a bank statement showing sufficient funds for one full year of academic study and a copy of your passport.
Once you have received your I-20 or DS-2019, check all the information to make sure it is correct. Print your name, sign and date the I-20 or DS-2019 on page 1. By signing, you are agreeing to abide by the conditions of F-1 of J-1 student status (see page 3 of the I-20 or page 2 DS-2019)
2. APPLYING FOR A VISA
You will now need to apply for an F-1 or J-1 student visa. Each country is different so please inquire with your local U.S. Embassy about your specific requirements. Please make sure to apply for your visa at least 3 months before you plan to arrive in the United States. You will need to provide the U.S. Consulate with the following materials plus anything else that your specific country requires:
Receipt for SEVIS fee payment (Pay the SEVIS fee online at https://www.fmjfee.com/i901fee and print the receipt upon payment.)
SEVIS I-20 or DS-2019
Valid passport (which is valid at least 6 months in to the future from the date you plan to enter the U.S.)
Financial documents [i.e. letters from your bank, copies of income tax returns (if any) that will help prove you have enough money, either by personal or parental resources, to live in the United States without having to work. Some consulates require an Affidavit of Support.]
Letter of admission from school
A completed application for an F-1 or J-1 visa provided by the consulate.
3. ENTERING THE UNITED STATES
You must have your I-20 or DS-2019 AND an F-1 or J-1 visa in your passport before entering the U.S. DO NOT ENTER the U.S. as a "Temporary Visitor" with a B-1/B-2 visa OR under the "Visa Waiver Program." If you do, you will be required by law to return home and re-enter the U.S. in F-1 or J-1 student status before you can enroll in classes. When you arrive in the U.S., you must present to the immigration officer:
Valid passport with valid F-1 or J-1 visa (unless you are a Canadian citizen who does not need a passport to enter the U.S.)
The SEVIS I-20 or DS-2019
SEVIS Fee payment receipt
I-94 form (Only if you are making a land border crossing)
Any other requested information such as financial documents or admission letter
After examining your passport, visa, I-20 or DS-2019 and any other document he/she requests, the officer will return your passport, your I-20 or DS-2019 form and the I-94 admission record (only at land border check points). The I-94 record and I-20 or DS-2019 Form are important are important documents. DO NOT LOSE THEM.
4. ARRIVING AT ENDICOTT COLLEGE
Upon arrival at Endicott, you must present your passport, I-20 or DS-2019, and I-94 admission record to the Office of International Education during orientation. If you entered the U.S. through an air or seaport, you can retrieve and print you I-94 record using the following link: cbp.gov/i94.
* * * * * * * * * * VERY IMPORTANT * * * * * * * * * *
Even though Endicott College has issued you an I-20 or DS-2019, this does not mean that you will automatically be given a visa, or be permitted to enter the U.S. Please be sure that you fill out all applications and documents completely and accurately, and that you supply all required information to consular and port authorities.