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New International Students

We are so pleased that you will be joining us and look forward to personally welcoming you to campus in August. We understand that you will have many questions about coming to Davidson and we are here to help! Please don't hesitate to email our International Student Advisor, Susan Hatchett, at with any concerns you would like to discuss. We have many resources to assist you as you make your preparations for joining the Davidson community. Please visit our website periodically for updates and details specifically for new students.

International Pre-Orientation

The International Student Office coordinates a pre-orientation program designed to meet the unique needs of incoming international students. If you are a U.S./dual citizen living outside of the United States, or a non-U.S. citizen, you are invited to participate in the pre-orientation. 2019 dates to come.

During pre-orientation, you can:

  • Meet and get to know the staff of the International Student Office.
  • Be the first to meet and get to know both current and incoming international peers. International pre-orientation is a great time to develop friendships and a find sense of community as you get settled in the United States.
  • Take care of practical matters, such as opening a bank account, purchasing a cell phone, applying for a Social Security Number, etc.
  • Receive information about U.S. visas and how to stay in legal immigration status.
  • Learn more about coursework and classes at Davidson.
  • Have your questions answered about US culture.

International Parent & Family Pre-Orientation

International parent and family pre-orientation is designed to empower parents and family members with information to support students through their transition to college. Parents, siblings, and other family members are invited to participate in the program. 2019 dates to come. Please contact Susan Hatchett at for more information.

Pre-Departure Checklist

As you prepare to come to Davidson, below are some things to consider.

Admission and Financial Aid

  • Have your final transcript sent to Davidson by July 15
  • Return your Financial Aid agreement (with work-study employment preferences) if applicable

Apply for a U.S. Visa (if applicable)

  • Review your Certificate of Eligibility to ensure the information is correct
  • Apply for your student visa at the nearest U.S. Embassy

Arrange Housing

  • Watch for correspondence from the Residence Life Office in May—they will invite you to submit your housing preferences and results from your personality inventory online
  • Residence Life will then assign you to a room (and to a roommate) on campus in July

Make Travel Arrangements

  • Arrival dates will be announced in early spring
  • Fill out the Orientation and Arrival form through the International Student Office

Register for Classes

  • In early May, familiarize yourself with Davidson's programs and requirements
  • The Registrar's Office can assist you with academic information, tools, resources, academic advising and answers to your questions
  • Submit your class preferences via WebTree June 1-29
  • Your online course registration must be completed by June 29

Sign Up for a Host Family

Pay Tuition

  • Your bill for the fall semester will be emailed to your Davidson email account in mid-July
  • Payment in full is due by Aug. 1, unless you are opting for the monthly payment plan

Contact the Dean of Students

  • If your contact information has changed: log into your account, access the Student Information Form under the Student tab and make all necessary updates
  • Read the common book for orientation

Obtain Your Immunization Records

Consider Health Insurance

  • Review the Davidson policy (which you are automatically enrolled in).
  • If you already have U.S. insurance coverage, instructions for waiving the Davidson insurance can be found on your tuition bill
  • If you are an athlete (in a fall sport), talk to your coach now about insurance