Summer Transition Series (2018) International Student Orientation

Summer Transition Series (2018) International Student Orientation

August 21, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


Hello, class of 2022. 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 passport for you
to complete the web form application. Once you’ve 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, not Duke Visa Services. 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 SEVIS fee,
applying for your visa stamp, and traveling to
the United States. There is a lot of helpful
information on the Duke Visa Services 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 registered 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 international
orientation, don’t forget to– tip 3– register for
international orientation. International House
invites you to attend the international orientation
on Sunday, August 19 and Monday, August 20. 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
the orientation welcome week begins. Over the summer, you’ll be
hearing from your International House Orientation Peers, 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 Monday, July 2. Please visit the International
House website to register. You may be wondering,
if I register for international orientation,
when can I move in? Tip 4– once you have obtained
your visa document and visa stamp, you can book your
flight to the United States. Plan to arrive at Raleigh-Durham
International Airport. Raleigh-Durham
International Airport is approximately 25
minutes from campus. Assuming you register for
international orientation, you will be permitted to
move in on Friday, August 17 or Saturday, August 18. 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. Tip 5– don’t forget to remind
your parents or other family members to register
for International Parents and 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 and
family members can register for International
Parents and Family Orientation on the IHouse website. If you have any questions
over the summer, please feel free to contact
any of the following offices. We look forward to
meeting you in August. [MUSIC PLAYING]