International Student Orientation

International Student Orientation


International Orientation Spring 2022

Dear International/Exchange Student,

Congratulations! We are delighted that you have decided to pursue your education at Utica College. The staff of the International Education Office looks forward to meeting you and assisting you in the transition to college life in the United States. We are your on-campus resource for immigration issues, cultural adjustment, and referrals to other services available on campus. On our webpage you will find several documents detailing the next steps for you as you prepare for your journey to Utica. 

If you are an international student on an F-1 visa with an I-20, the first step is to pay your enrollment deposit. If you do not have a credit card, you may pay by Flywire. You will not be able to register for classes or get a room assignment before this deposit is paid. This deposit will be refunded in full if you do not get a U.S. visa. Exchange students on J-1 visas with DS-2019s do not need to pay an enrollment deposit.

The second step for F-1 and J-1 students is to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee.  You will need the I-20 or DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility document from our office to pay this fee and to schedule a visa interview at a U.S. consulate in your country.

The third step is to make your travel arrangements. If you would like us to pick you up at the Syracuse Airport (SYR) or the Utica Train Station, please plan to arrive on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 between 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM, and inform us of your arrival time at least a week in advance. We will provide updated information about COVID-19 restrictions to all incoming international and exchange students as changes occur. 

If you don't need us to pick you up, please arrive on campus no later than 9:00 AM on Thursday, January 13, 2022 in the Office of International Education, Room 120 of White Hall, with your immigration documents to check in and do your SEVIS registration.  More details will be emailed directly to all new international and exchange students. 

We look forward to having you join us and enriching both the academic and social diversity of the college. Please watch your email for important information about the transition to Utica and join our Facebook group Utica College Internationals for more information and to connect with fellow students. If you have any questions or need information, please contact us at +1 315.792.3082 or at  

Deborah Wilson-Allam
Executive Director of International Education

Stacy Phelps
Coordinator of International Education 

International Student Orientation Schedule - Spring 2022

Tuesday, January 12

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Pickups – Syracuse Airport & Utica Train Station
  • Email travel arrangements to by Wednesday, January 5
Afternoon - times to be determined @ student arrivals
  • Shopping Shuttle - to Walmart - Buy dorm items, school supplies, and SIM cards

5:00 - 6:00 PM
Dinner with OIE Staff in Strebel Dining Hall

Wednesday, January 13

10:00 - 12:00 

12:00 - 1:30
Tour of Utica

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Shopping for supplies and SIM cards, campus tour

Thursday, January 14

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM - MANDATORY
Hubbard Hall 114
  • Orientation Session - Immigration Benefits and Responsibilities
12:00PM- 1:00PM 
  • Free Time/Lunch in Dining Hall

1:00 - 4:00 PM - MANDATORY
Hubbard Hall 114
  •   Orientation Sessions - Wellness
                     Coping with Culture Shock
                     Wellness & Mental Health
                     Healthcare & Health Insurance
Meet outside Strebel Student Center for transport to evening activity (TBD)

Friday, January 16

9:00 - 12:00 - MANDATORY
Wilcox Center

  • Orientation Sessions - Resources
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at UC
Gender Identity
Getting Involved on Campus
Academic Support at UC
Culture of the American College and Classroom
Academic Integrity

Contact Us

Office of International Education

Office of International Education

120 White Hall
(315) 792-3082

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