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International Class of 2021

Congratulations on your admission to Colgate University!
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The Office of International Student Services is eager to welcome you to Hamilton, New York and assist in your transition to university life in the United States.

This page will be updated periodically as more information become available.

International Student Arrival Day

Sunday, August 20

International Student Orientation

Monday, August 21 - Thursday, August 24

Take a look at the International Student Orientation schedule here
International Student Orientation (ISO) is an exciting experience designated to prepare you for life at Colgate as an international student. ISO is strongly recommended for all international students, including student-athletes and students from Canada. 

Following international student orientation, you will join the rest of the Class of 2021 for Orientation on Friday, August 25.
Application for Initial I-20 due May 31
The Application for Initial I-20 must be completed by all international students who will attend Colgate University in F-1 (student) visa status. Complete the Application for Initial I-20 by May 20. To complete the form you will need electronic copies of the following documents:

- Copy of biographical page(s) of passport
- Financial documentation as noted in "Section II: Source and Amount of Funding" of the form
- Completed Sponsor’s Affidavit and Bank Official Certification Statement  (if required in "Section II: Source and Amount of Funding")
Information for New International Students
OISS has prepared an information booklet for you which provides important information that you need to know as you prepare to arrive at Colgate. Download the informational booklet here.
Applying for an F-1 Visa at a U.S. Embassy
Download the information sheet on Applying for an F-1 Student Visa at a US Embassy.
Canadian Citizens: Acquiring F-1 Visa Status at a U.S. Port of Entry
Canadian citizens acquire F-1 visa status at the U.S. port of entry. Download the information sheet Acquiring F-1 Visa Status at a US Port of Entry for details.
What to Expect at a U.S. Port of Entry
Download the information sheet on What to Expect at a US Port of Entry.
Maintaining Valid F-1 Student Visa Status
Download the information sheet on Maintaining Valid F-1 Student Visa Status.
OISS Arrival Survey due August 1
Please complete the OISS Arrival Survey no later than August 1.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at

We look forward to meeting with you in August.