International Student Orientation
August 14-18, 2020
As a new international student, arriving on campus can be both exciting and worrying. We want to reduce your concerns, so you can feel confident as you start your educational journey here at Cornell. We have a tradition of welcoming you (and your fellow international students) to a special International Student Orientation.
Plan on flying into the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on your scheduled day of arrival (August 12-13, 2020). A Cornell College staff member will pick you up from the airport and bring you to the Hilltop in Mount Vernon, Iowa. If you have any questions about the pick up from the airport, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Your new home on the Hilltop
Your orientation will take place before the New Student Orientation for domestic students. By taking part in our International Student Orientation, you will be able to tour campus with your fellow international students and become more familiar with the town of Mount Vernon, Iowa, before the arrival of the U.S. students.
Get ready for life on the Hilltop
Besides becoming familiar with campus and the town you will be calling home, we can help you with many other common needs:
- Open a bank account in Mount Vernon, Iowa
- Shop for necessary supplies
- Introduction to immigration regulations
- Resources for your health and education
- Introduction to our computer and library services
- Adjustment strategies
We look forward to having you join us on campus. Before you arrive, make sure to take all the necessary steps to follow the U.S. immigration regulations.
Apply for an F-1 student visa
- Pay the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee administered by the Department of Homeland Security before applying for an entry visa or entering the United States.
- Schedule an appointment with your nearest U.S. embassy or consulate in your home country for your visa interview.
- Practice for your visa interview.
International students enter Cornell College under the F-1 student program. Cornell College will issue the necessary I-20 forms to all admitted students who have provided sufficient financial documentation.
Provide documents to the U.S. embassy or consulate
- Valid passport
- Documented proof of financial support for at least one year
- Proof of Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee payment (receipt)*
- Visa application forms (available from the U.S. embassy or consulate)
- Any other documents required by your embassy or consulate
*SEVIS is a nationwide, Internet-based system that the U.S. government uses to maintain accurate and current information on nonimmigrant students (F and M visa), exchange visitors (J visa), and their dependents (F-2, M-2, and J-2).
The U.S. Consular Office interviewing you will assume you want to immigrate to the United States permanently unless you clarify that you are only coming to the United States to study. Be prepared to speak clearly in English about the following:
- Your area of study
- Your reason for wanting to study at Cornell College in the United States
- Your reasons for returning home after you complete your studies
If your visa is denied, ask your consular official to provide a written explanation of the denial.
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