International Student Orientation (ISO)

International Students Orientation (ISO) is scheduled to begin on Sunday, August 23 and continue thru noon on Wednesday, August 26, 2015. More detailed information will be sent to all students coming from Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands and all those with permanent addresses abroad the week of June 8, 2015.

  1. Read the welcome letter from Denise Allison, Director of International Student Services and download other ISO materials
  2. Familiarize yourself with the documents you will need to enter the United States (passport, visa, and I-20 form)
  3. Obtain F-1 visa and I-20 form
  4. Purchase health insurance. Note: You cannot participate in ISO unless you have health insurance coverage that meets Haverford College’s requirements
  5. Make travel arrangements to ensure your on-time arrival for ISO
  6. Arrange for lodging if you will be arriving before Sunday, August 24
  7. Consider purchasing travel insurance to cover medical emergencies, personal liability, property insurance, loss, etc.
  8. Place the following items in a safe place and carry with you while traveling: SEVIS I-20 form with your valid passport, SEVIS fee receipt, documentation of financial resources, and airline tickets or voucher
  9. Bring one complete set of copies of all your documents to Haverford for your file in the ISSO
  10. Leave a complete set of copies of all your documents with your parents/guardians
  11. Download and complete the ISO registration form and email to Denise Allison
  12. Email your travel itinerary to Denise Allison
  13. If travel assistance is needed from Philadelphia International Airport, 30th Street Station, or Haverford train station, please contact Denise Allison
  14. Provide your parents/guardians with the ISSO phone number: (610) 896-2960
  15. Ensure you have placed identification tags on your luggage that include Haverford College’s address and ISSO phone number
  16. Be prepared to meet your Haverford College financial obligations; payment is due in August for the Fall semester and in January for the Spring semester

Note: Visit the First-Year Dean’s Blog for additional items that must be completed by all incoming students.

International students explain how to navigate government agencies, how to maintain your status, and how to explore post-graduate opportunities.