Before You Arrive


  • Please read through the International Student Pre-arrival Handbook:

    • Specific Visa Information included in the prearrival materials (pgs 2-4):

      • How to Obtain a Passport
      • How to Obtain your Visa (Certificate of Eligibility)
      • How to Apply for a Visa
      • The Visa Interview & What to Expect
      • If you Are Denied a Student Visa
      • Do not Enter the U.S. with a Visitor's Visa
      • Do not Lose the I-20 or DS-2019
      • Visa Procedures for Transfer Students

    • Specific Financial Information included in the prearrival materials (pgs 5&6):

      • Financial Arrangements (what to bring with you)
      • Paying your Tuition and Fees
      • Financial Management in the U.S.

    • Specific Housing Information included in the prearrival materials (pg. 7)

      • Temporary Housing
      • On-Campus Housing

    • Specific Planning & Arrival Information included in the prearrival materials (pgs 8-11)

      • Weather in NY & What to Pack
      • Voltage in the U.S.
      • Arrival at a U.S. Airport/Port of Entry
      • Getting to Purchase

Once You Arrive

  • Please complete an International Student Data sheet and submit it to the Office of International Programs and Serivces.

  • Once you arrive, there will also be a two-day International Student Orientation.

    • Please RSVP on the International Student Orientation Website, prior to your arrival at Purchase College.
    • Students for whom English is not their first language are required to take an English proficiency test during their orientation, and may be required to attend an English as a Second Language (ESL) program.
    • The International Orientation precedes New Student Orientation, and includes a variety of topics to welcome you to Purchase College
    • Please refer to your welcome brochures for information on money management, health and safety, and services, transportation, and shopping.  You can also find more in-depth answers to your questions by using the links in the following list: 


Many of these resources may also be found on, and imbedded in, the Current Students page of our website.