Welcome New International Students

On behalf of Hampshire College, we would like to extend a warm welcome to our community. Just as you have been preparing for your arrival at Hampshire, so have many of us; we are hard at work making arrangements to provide you with exciting and engaging orientation programs that will help you get acquainted with the College and the neighboring areas.

For Information and Advisement on Preparing for your F-1 Student Visa

Visit the admissions website for information on your F-1 Student Visa. Questions? Contact the international student advisors, at iss@hampshire.edu. Once we receive the required forms, we will email you an electronic I-20 along with detailed visa application and pre-arrival information.

When to Arrive

International student orientation (ISO) is required for all student visa holders (e.g., F-1 and J-1):

Arrival Date: Students may start arriving to campus Sunday, January 16, 2022. Students must be to campus by 5 p.m. on January 16, 2022.

International Student Orientation: January 17–21, 2022

In order to participate in this mandatory program, please make plans to arrive on the arrival date in order to check in and move into your campus room. Students will not be allowed to move into their campus rooms before the arrival date. Should you need a place to stay prior to this date, you can find a list of local accommodations here. Learn more about how to get to Hampshire College at our Traveling to Hampshire page.

Students will receive a detailed International Student Orientation Arrival Guide with more information about travel logistics. In the meantime, please email iss@hampshire.edu with questions about travel logistics.

The purpose of orientation is to give you an opportunity to get settled in your new "home away from home," and to meet people who are here to support and assist you during your time at Hampshire. You will also have the opportunity to attend to necessary preparations, such as filling out employment paperwork, taking care of visa-related procedures, etc. You will find this time before general orientation very useful for meeting your needs as an international student. The most exciting part of this program is the opportunity to meet other new international students, as well as the returning international students who will serve as leaders for international student orientation. These students will be a valuable resource for information about Hampshire College, and can help you prepare for a fun and successful start here.

Required Forms and Deadlines

For New Student Orientation

The entire entering class is required to participate in new student orientation. All new students must complete the required new student forms (see individual forms for submission deadlines). 

For Family Orientation (Students Entering in the Fall Semester)

Families have an option to participate in family orientation.


>> Check out the FAQs for “Incoming International Students” for more information

Contact International Student Services iss@hampshire.edu or call 413.559.6205.

We look forward to meeting you!

> International Student Admissions Information