Pre-Orientation and Orientation for International Students

ISOC 2016-2017

Frequently Asked Questions

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page for very important information regarding Pre-Orientation for International Students and other issues.

Orientation To-Do List

Also, don't forget to check the Orientation To-Do List so that you will know what to do so that you can best to prepare for your arrival at Mount Holyoke.


Fall Entrants: New international students [defined for this purpose as students who need a visa to enter the U.S.] are expected to arrive on campus on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. There is a special Pre-Orientation Program for them, as they are required to fill out a good deal of administrative paperwork due to their immigration status.  Orientation for all students begins on Friday, September 1, 2017.  The Orientation schedule can be found on the Dean of Students' website.

Spring Entrants: International Students may arrive beginning at 10 am on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.  The International Student Organizing Committee will meet international students arriving at Bradley International Airport.   The complete Orientation schedule can be found on the Dean of Students' website in early December.  New international students who are flying should plan to arrive at Bradley International Airport in Hartford, Connecticut. The airport pickups will start after 10:00 am on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

Photo of international student leaders at orientation

Immigration Regulations, Tax Forms, and Social Security Cards

During Pre-Orientation you will learn about immigration regulations, tax forms and social security cards.

Past Pre-Orientation Programs

There are also slide show available from previous Pre-Orientation programs. To get an idea of what awaits you, take a look:

American Life and Classroom Culture at MHC

Please read this additional information about American Life and Classroom Culture at Mount Holyoke College, both of which are in PDF format.