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.  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 dormitory room in Blanchard Campus Center.  Staff of the McCulloch Center and members of the International Student Orientation 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 that 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).   They are responsible for their own food, since no dining halls are open.  Currently, most international students may apply to stay in Creighton Hall (on campus) during "Winter Break," the time between the end of first semester and the beginning of January intersession--again, no dining halls are open, but cooking facilities are available.  At the present time, students are allowed to apply to stay on campus during intersession (in their own rooms) and food is available.  However, you should know that there are currently discussions underway about Winter Break and intersession housing.  This may mean that in the future, the possibility of staying on campus during this time may no longer exist. Therefore, It would be advisable to have alternate plans in case students may no longer stay on campus.  We will keep you informed as decisions are made about break housing.

Can I stay on campus during the summer?
At the present time students may rent dorm rooms during the summer, but this possibility may also not exist in the future.  Again, it would be wise to make alternate plans for summers.  We will keep you informed as decisions are made about summer housing.