General Travel & Arrival Information for New Students

No doubt you are already busy getting ready for your journey to Amherst College! As you begin to make the necessary arrangements please be sure to review this important information regarding travel, arrival, and Pre-Orientation. You’ll also want to keep in mind some key dates and procedures.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for New International Students

Below are some of the questions that new students most frequently ask. The answers have been provided by many Amherst community members such as current students, including the International Students Association.

Learn about how to apply for your F-1 or J-1 visa!

Applying for a US visa might seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be! Explore the sections below to learn more about the process for F-1 (nonimmigrant student) and J-1 (exchange visitor) applicants. And when in doubt, please do not hesitate to contact the Center for International Student Engagement (CISE).


Helpful Information for New International Students

Congratulations on your admission to Amherst College! We look forward to welcoming you to campus soon. The coming months will be a busy and exciting time as you make plans for your new academic adventure. Some of your first and most important tasks will be completing the steps necessary to apply for the proper visa, planning your travel, and preparing for Pre-Orientation. The information in this section will help guide you through the visa application process and provide key information to help you get started with your planning.