Admitted Students

Congratulations on your admission to Clark University!  The staff of the International Students and Scholars Office looks forward to meeting you.  Information on these pages will answer many of your questions concerning your immigration status, entry to the United States, and your stay at Clark University.  Information is divided up by the program that you will be joining.  Please don’t hesitate to contact our office if you have questions after reviewing this information.

Arrival information

Undergraduate students arrival information

The International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO) is located in Corner House, 140 Woodland Street, at the corner of Woodland and Charlotte streets. The ISSO advises all international students and exchange visitors on U.S. immigration status, benefits and procedures. In addition, we are here to help if you have questions on travel or employment. Please contact Veda Genkos by phone 508-793-7362, or email her at vgenkos@clarku.edu.

Obtaining your VISA and entering the U.S.

After reviewing your documents, we will send to you your Form I-20 (F-1) or Form DS-2019 (J-1) along with detailed instructions.

Arrival

The date that international undergraduates must arrive at Clark University is indicated on your Form I-20 or DS-2019.  International students arrive earlier than the general undergraduate population to attend the mandatory International Student Orientation (ISO).

ISO will provide you with the opportunity to become acquainted with the campus and obtain valuable information that will assist you in your academic and co-curricular life on campus. We will send you more information about ISO soon.

Please note: very important information

According to F-1 immigration regulations, students seeking admission in the U.S. for an initial entry to begin a new academic program may be admitted only within 30 days before the indicated report date listed on Form I-20. Unless you are transferring to Clark University from another institution, you will not be allowed to enter the U.S. more than 30 days before this date.

If you wish to arrive in the U.S. prior to this earliest admission date, the border inspection officer can refuse you entry into the U.S. Please contact ISSO immediately if you have any questions about this requirement.

Graduate students arrival information (all but GISDE)

The International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO) is in the Corner House, located at the corner of Woodland Street and Charlotte Street. The ISSO advises all international students and exchange visitors on matters pertaining to immigration status in the U.S., immigration benefits and procedures, travel and employment possibilities. We also counsel international students and U.S. students living abroad on academic and personal issues and offer programs intended to help students adapt to the culture and higher education system in the U.S and on campus. Please contact Veda Genkos by phone 508-793-7362 or email vgenkos@clarku.edu if you have questions.

Obtaining your VISA and entering the U.S.

After reviewing your documents, we will send to you your Form I-20 (F-1) or Form DS-2019 (J-1) along with detailed instructions.

Arrival

The date that international graduate students must arrive at Clark University is indicated on your Form I-20 or DS-2019. It is advisable for you to arrive earlier if you need to secure housing and settle in before the start of the semester. If you are unable to arrive in the U.S. by the indicated date arrival, please contact the ISSO immediately.

Please note very important information:

According to F-1 immigration regulations, students seeking admission in the U.S. for an initial entry to begin a new academic program may be admitted only within 30 days before the indicated report date listed on Form I-20. Unless you are transferring to Clark University from another institution, you will not be allowed to enter the U.S. more than 30 days before this date.

If you wish to arrive in the U.S. prior to this earliest admission date, the border inspection officer can refuse you entry into the U.S. Please contact ISSO immediately if you have any questions about this requirement.

ISSO Check-in/SEVIS mandatory reporting

Prior to your arrival, you will receive an email with detailed instructions about the ISSO check-in process. Federal Regulations require us to verify via the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) that you have reported to Clark University. In order to comply we must review and photocopy your immigration documents. We will have a dedicated check-in time for new spring 2018 students to allow us to gather all of the required information from you. Please follow instructions in ISSO e-mails carefully. We look forward to your arrival.

GISDE graduate students arrival information

GISDE only admits students to begin the program during the Fall semester.  More information will be available once the department begins to admit students for the upcoming academic year.

American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI) arrival information

The International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO) is located in Corner House, 140 Woodland Street, at the corner of Woodland and Charlotte streets. The ISSO advises all international students and exchange visitors on U.S. immigration status, benefits and procedures. In addition, we are here to help if you have questions on travel or employment. Please contact Veda Genkos by phone 508-793-7362, or email her at vgenkos@clarku.edu.

Obtaining your VISA and entering the U.S.

After reviewing your documents, we will send to you your Form I-20 (F-1) or Form DS-2019 (J-1) along with detailed instructions.

Arrival

The date that international ALCI students must arrive at Clark University is indicated on your Form I-20 or DS-2019. It is advisable for you to arrive earlier if you need to secure housing and settle in before the start of the semester. If you are unable to arrive in the U.S. by the indicated arrival date, please contact the ISSO immediately.

Please note: very important information

According to F-1 immigration regulations, students seeking admission in the U.S. for an initial entry to begin a new academic program may be admitted only within 30 days before the indicated report date listed on Form I-20. Unless you are transferring to Clark University from another institution, you will not be allowed to enter the U.S. more than 30 days before this date.

If you wish to arrive in the U.S. prior to this earliest admission date, the border inspection officer can refuse you entry into the U.S. Please contact ISSO immediately if you have any questions about this requirement.

ISSO Check-in/SEVIS mandatory reporting

Prior to your arrival, you will receive an e-mail with detailed instructions about the ISSO check-in process. Federal Regulations require us to verify via the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) that you have reported to Clark University. In order to comply we must review and photocopy your immigration documents. We will have a dedicated check-in time for new spring 2018 students to allow us to gather all of the required information from you. Please follow instructions in ISSO e-mails carefully. We look forward to your arrival.

Arrival checklist

Obtaining your I-20 or DS-2019
Instructions for students coming to Clark from outside and inside the U.S.

SEVIS Fee Payment
Applicants for an F-1 or J-1 visa are required to pay a SEVIS fee.

Visa Acquisition
Information about the process and rules for studying in the United States, including a list of the documents you will need.

Change of Status to F-1
Information and instructions for those interested in changing their immigration status to F-1.

Transportation to Clark University
Learn about transportation options to and from Clark University once you’ve arrived in the United States.

Orientation
Clark offers a number of orientation programs to help international students transition to life at Clark.