Undergraduate International Orientation

We look forward to welcoming you to W&M soon! You will receive a detailed orientation schedule when you arrive on campus. 

International Student Orientation is only required for new W&M international students in F-1 and J-1 immigration statuses. Students who are not in F-1 or J-1 immigration status (e.g., U.S. citizen who lived abroad) but are interested in attending International Student Orientation can contact Eva Wong for additional information.

Come prepared! View the Undergraduate International Orientation schedule!

Before Your Arrival
Tuesday, August 22: Welcome Activities
  • You should plan to arrive at W&M no later than August 22. Please complete the student arrival form, so that we can prepare for your arrival at W&M. 
  • If you cannot arrive at W&M before 11pm, we recommend that you fly in a day earlier, stay at an airport hotel and then come to W&M the next day.
  • Please refer to the welcome email and materials (sent with your I-20 or DS-2019) for additional information about Richmond Airport shuttles for undergraduate international students.
8:00am-5:00pm          Pick up your student ID card [Campus Center, Room 169]                              

Welcome and Dorm Keys [Campus Center, Trinkle Hall]

  • Students will only be able to move into their dorms after 5pm. We will help students move into their rooms.
  • If you have signed up for the W&M Shuttle from the Richmond International Airport, you will be taken directly to Trinkle Hall.
Wednesday, August 23: Welcome Activities    

This is a great day to do errands like shopping, opening a bank account, getting a cell phone, and other things to settle in. Freshmen, transfer, and exchange orientation follow international orientation, so you will be very busy from Thursday-Tuesday, and classes begin on Wednesday, August 30.

8:00am-5:00pm Pick up your student ID card [Campus Center, Room 169]    
AM Breakfast at one of the Dining Commons
9:00am-5:00pm We will have optional getting settled events such as shopping trips, academic advising, opening bank accounts, etc. throughout the day.
6:00-7:30pm               Welcome Pizza Party [Campus Center, Trinkle Hall] - Family members are also invited!
7:30pm Optional social event with your International Peer Leaders
Thursday, August 24: International Orientation Program


Breakfast at one of the Dining Commons

10:00-11:00am International Family Reception [Reves Center] - This event is for families only. President Reveley will be in attendance.
All day

Attend workshops with your orientation group. Workshop topics include Immigration, US Academic Culture, Health & Safety, Getting Involved on Campus, W&M resources, etc.

PM Help with Immigration Check-in [Reves Center]
Friday, August 25 - Tuesday, August 29: New Student Orientation
Meet other incoming undergraduate students and take part in the new student orientation with the rest of the campus community!