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.

Before Your Arrival
Tuesday, August 21: Welcome Activities
  • You should plan to arrive at W&M no later than August 21. 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 Move-in [Campus Center, Trinkle Hall]

  • Students will only be able to move into the Residential Halls after 12 noon. 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.
  • Meet your Peer Leaders and other new international students!



Banking and Cell Phone Fair

  • Representatives from local banks and cell phone providers will be here to help you set up accounts without leaving campus.
Wednesday, August 22: 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 29.

8:00am-5:00pm Pick up your student ID card [Campus Center, Room 169]    
AM Breakfast at one of the Dining Commons
  • We will have optional getting settled events such as shopping trips, opening bank accounts, etc. throughout the day.
  • Your Peer Leaders will also be hosting social events, tours, etc. throughout the day! This is a great way to meet other students and learn aboutt W&M.
6:00-7:30pm               Welcome Pizza Party [Campus Center, Trinkle Hall] - Family members are also invited!
7:30pm Social event with your International Peer Leaders and your orientationion group
Thursday, August 23: 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 Rowe 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 24 - Tuesday, August 28: New Student Orientation
Meet other incoming undergraduate students and take part in the new student orientation with the rest of the campus community!