Congratulations on your acceptance to Norwich University!
Preparing for college can be both exciting and stressful. The Norwich University International Center is here to help you with the unique challenges of preparing for study in the United States.
Students applying for an F-1 visa to attend a U.S. university must first pay the I-901 Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee of $200. This fee should be paid prior to making a visa appointment at the U.S. embassy or consulate. You must take your fee receipt for proof of payment to your visa appointment. For Canadian students who are not required to obtain a visa, you must still pay this fee and provide the receipt for proof of payment, if asked, when you enter the U.S. All students should keep this receipt with their passports and immigration documentation.
Payments can be made online using a credit card, by mail, or by Western Union. We strongly recommend that you pay the fee online using a credit card. If paying by Western Union or mail, please keep in mind that it will take several weeks to get a receipt, so you will need to pay this fee early to avoid any delays with your visa application.
Please visit www.fmjfee.com to pay the fee and complete a Form I-901.
To complete the Form I-901 you will need Norwich University’s school code as well as your SEVIS number:
- The school code is POM214F10035000
- Your SEVIS number is in the top, right-hand corner of your Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 and begins with the letter N
Student Visa Application at U.S. Embassy or Consulate
You should make an appointment as soon as possible with the U.S. embassy or consulate where you will be applying for your student visa.
Visit the U.S. Department of State website to see the estimated visa wait time for the U.S. embassy or consulate nearest you. Note that the visa can be issued up to 120 days before the start date on your Form I-20.
When to Arrive
Before you make travel arrangements to come to the United States, make sure you understand when you must arrive in order to maintain your immigration status. You must arrive in the United States no later than the official program start date indicated on your Form I-20 or DS-2019. You may enter the United States up to 30 days prior to your official report date. Please note, however, that you will need to make arrangements for housing if you arrive before New International Student Orientation Arrival.
Entering the United States
The following resource provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security may be helpful to you: Study in the States Guide.
Be prepared to present the following documents at the Port of Entry:
- U.S. Visa
- I-20 or DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility
- I-901 SEVIS fee receipt
It is very important that you keep these documents in a secure location, such as your purse or travel bag, while traveling. Do not place any personal documents in your luggage, as they may be lost during travel.
Review your immigration documents and those for your dependents before you leave the arrival station. If you notice any errors, notify an immigration officer immediately. Once you leave the Port of Entry, it can be difficult to correct errors on your documents. Immigration officers review thousands of documents a day, so mistakes are sometimes made.
Arriving at the U.S. Port of Entry
After you receive your visa, you may enter the U.S. up to 30 days before the start date of your program. You must enter on or before the start date on your Form I-20 or Form DS-2019. While arriving early will allow you time to settle into the area before the start of school, keep in mind that on-campus housing may not be available immediately (see below for more details).
You can read more about what will happen at the Port of Entry at the ICE website.
Coming to Northfield
The closest airport to Norwich University is Burlington International Airport (BTV) in Burlington, Vermont. This airport is approximately 50 miles (80 km) from Northfield. The International Center offers a free shuttle service to Norwich University from the airport. The shuttle will run on a pre-determined schedule on Arrival Day. You will need to confirm your travel plans with the International Center to take advantage of the shuttle (please see below). If you are not able to take advantage of our free shuttle service, please review the BTV website for other transportation options. Vermont Tour and Charter is another option.
Arrival on Campus
When you arrive at Norwich University on Arrival Day you will be greeted by the staff of the International Center. We will assist you with securing a key to your dormitory room and locating your dormitory and other important buildings on campus. We will also give you important information about the International Student Orientation, which will include a Check-In & Essentials Session required by the United States government.
Each semester, the International Center is required to verify your continued enrollment at Norwich University for the Student and Exchange Visitor Program. We hold specific days where students can drop in to meet with the International Student Coordinator to do this. For new students, this will be during New International Student Orientation. For returning international students, this will take place in the two days after the add/drop period ends.
New International Student Orientation
A few days prior to university-wide orientation for all new students, the International Center holds a new international student orientation. Here, we will review topics specific to international students, such as maintaining your visa status, American academic expectations, and fun events to get to know other international students. Because of the additional training students in the Corps lifestyle receive, the International Center’s new international student orientation is held first with Corps students before rook week (see below), and then with students who have chosen to pursue a non-military college lifestyle.
New Student Orientation & Rook Week
All new students, international and American, must go through new student orientation. Norwich has separate orientations dependent on the lifestyle you have chosen: Corps of Cadets, or a non-military, traditional college experience (also known on campus as “Civilian”). At both orientations, you will have time to meet with staff and faculty, be tested for class placement, and choose your academic schedule. You can find more information about Orientation on the Student Affairs website.
Corps of Cadets Lifestyle
If you have chosen a Corps lifestyle, you first begin as a rook before becoming a cadet. Rook Week is an orientation, both to Norwich University and the Corps lifestyle. Be prepared to be challenged—both mentally and physically, while making lifelong friendships with your rook brothers and sisters! For more information about Rook Orientation, visit the Rook Training Site.