Summer Transition Series (2017): International Student Orientation

Summer Transition Series (2017): International Student Orientation

August 30, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


Hello, class of 2021. Congratulations on your
acceptance to Duke. Here are five tips to help
you navigate the visa process, understand the immunizations
procedures, as well as student medical insurance, and
answer your questions about international orientation. Now that you’ve been
admitted to Duke, you’ll need to go ahead
and apply for a passport, if you don’t already have one. Tip 1, complete the Duke Visa
Services online web form. You’ll receive an email from the
Undergraduate Admissions Office with a password for you
to complete the web form application. Once you have completed
the web form application, you’ll need to send the
signature page of the web form application and accompanying
documents to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Once Undergraduate Admissions
has received your documents, Duke Visa Services
will be notified, and they will begin processing
your visa document, known as an I-20 for F-1 students
and a DS-2019 for J-1 students. After your visa document
has been issued, Duke Visa Services will Fedex
your I-20 or DS-2019 to you and will provide you
with instructions about paying the visa’s fee,
applying for your visa stamp, and traveling to
the United States. There are a lot of helpful
information on the DVS website, so check it out. Do you have questions about
enrolling in the Student Medical Insurance Plan? Good news. Tip 2, all F-1 and
J-1 visa holders will be enrolled automatically. No further action on
your part is required. Your insurance coverage
will begin August 1. For those students who register
for International Orientation, you will be able to
pick up your insurance card at the East Campus Housing
Office when you move in. Speaking of the
International Orientation, don’t forget to register for
International Orientation. International House invites
you to attend the International Orientation on Sunday, August
20 and Monday, August 21. International Orientation
is an opportunity for you to build community with other
first-year international students. Become familiar with
campus and move in early before Orientation
Welcome Week begins. Over the summer, you’ll be
hearing from your International House Orientation Peer, or
IHOP for short, by email. The IHOP team is responsible
for facilitating the orientation and making you feel
welcome at Duke. Feel free to ask them
questions about student life, academics, or
adjusting to college. The registration deadline
for International Orientation is Friday, June 30. Please visit the IHouse
website to register. You may be wondering,
if I register for International Orientation,
when can I move in. Once you’ve obtained your
visa document and visa stamp, you can book your
flight to the US. Plan to arrive at Raleigh-Durham
International Airport. RDU is approximately
25 minutes from campus. Assuming you register for
International Orientation, you’ll be permitted to
move in on Friday, August 18, or Saturday, August 19. We recommend you arrive
on one of these days to give you a little extra
time to recover from jet lag. Do you have family members who
will be coming over with you to help you get settled? Well, we have an orientation
specifically designed for them. Don’t forget to remind your
parents or other family members to register for International
Parents Family Orientation. This orientation
will help them become familiar with the
International House, learn about campus
programs and services, and meet other new
international families. Your parents should register on
the IHouse website by Friday, June 30. If you have any questions
over the summer, please feel free to contact
any of the following offices. Thank you, and we look forward
to meeting you in August. [MUSIC PLAYING]