You are eligible to enter the U.S. as early as 30 days prior to the start of your academic program as indicated in item 5 of your I-20 or item 3 of your DS-2019. You are expected to enter the U.S. in time to attend the mandatory International Student Orientation and the English Language Assessment Exam if you are an undergraduate student (new or transfer) or a graduate student with a language proficiency score under 600 (TOEFL paper-based test); 100 (TOEFL internet-based (IBT) version); 7.0 (IELTS); or attended Syracuse University’s English Language Institute.
If there is a situation that necessitates entering the U.S. after the program start date indicated on your document, please contact the Coordinator of International Education as you will require a new I-20 or DS-2019 with a later program start date to enter the U.S.
Upon arrival in Syracuse, NY, after the International Student Orientation, you must check-in at the ESF Office of International Education. The Office of International Education hours of operation are noted on the main Office of International Education webpage; You will sign up for an appointment during the International Student Orientation.
Please bring a completed New International Student Check-In Form, and all of your (and your dependent’s) immigration documents (e.g., I-20/DS-2019, passport with visa stamp, and electronic I-94 card - click here for I-94) with you when you come to your check-in appointment. All of your documents will be scanned and an electronic student file will be created for you.
All new international students are required to attend a MANDATORY International Student Orientation provided by SUNY-ESF's Office of International Education.
You must also attend the applicable college orientation: