Frequently Asked Questions

Who may participate in the Pre-Orientation Program for International Students?
The Pre-Orientation Program for International Students is only for international students who need a visa to enter the U.S., since the bulk of the programming will involve immigration-related issues.  Cross-cultural workshops and sessions about transitioning to life in the U.S. will be offered after Pre-Orientation and throughout the academic year.  Note that students who live abroad, but do not need a visa to enter the U.S., should arrive on the same day as other new students

What happens after I arrive?
You will be able to pick up your key to your residence hall room in Blanchard Campus Center.  Staff of the McCulloch Center and members of the International Student Organizing Committee (ISOC) will be available to answer questions and offer help.

What will I need during the first night?
There will be food available in the Welcome Lounge (Blanchard 227) and a pizza party at 7:30 pm on arrival day.  However, since Mount Holyoke does not supply sheets, pillows, or blankets for beds, you should either bring a pillow and sheet with you, or be prepared to sleep without any bed linen for one night.  There will be a shopping trip the next day to allow you to purchase bed linen, a pillow and any other essentials you will need for the first few days.

Can I stay on campus during breaks?  
All students may stay on campus during Thanksgiving and Spring Break (in March) and are responsible for their own food, since no dining halls are open.  All students who have their primary address (listed with Mount Holyoke--where bills are sent) may apply to stay in Creighton Hall (on campus) during Winter Break, the time between the end of first semester (last day of final exams) and the beginning of January intersession.  Again, no dining halls are open during Winter Break, but cooking facilities are available. 

Can I stay on campus during the summer?
See Residential Life's web page about summer housing for the most up-to-date information.