ISSS Pre-orientation Confirmation of Participation

The ISSS pre-orientation program allows you, a new international student, the opportunity to arrive to campus early for several important reasons. Our program strives to welcome you to your new community, holding space to discover, explore, learn, and of course rest from your travels to arrive here safely. During this program, you will build connections with students, staff and faculty who will assist with your initial entry into the College and beyond. By participating in the ISSS pre-orientation, you are granted more time to acclimate to your new home in Middlebury, Vermont. Our hope is that this program will help you launch successfully into the next phase of your transition to Middlebury.

ISSS pre-orientation will cover specific topics such as resources on campus and your visa status and responsibilities. We will be sharing mandatory non-immigrant information and check-in to those students arriving in F-1 and J-1 Exchange status, creating opportunities for connection regardless of your citizenship or visa status, exploring the U.S. culture from the various lenses you bring to our community, and learning together about the U.S. higher education system at Middlebury College. Participants will also enjoy organized and informal social activities.

While program participation by students in F-1 and J-1 Exchange status at the college/university level for the first time is expected, it is optional for all other students. Most students who have lived or currently call home/local outside of the U.S. have elected to participate and found it to be a valuable and fun experience.

ISSS pre-orientation program dates

Arrival date: Thursday, September 2, 2021 (from 10am US EST onward)

Program dates: Friday, September 3 – Monday, September 6 (until 12pm US EST)

For additional ISSS pre-orientation program information, see our pre-orientation website.

ISSS will use your Middlebury College email address to communicate with you. So, please make sure you check your Middlebury email account regularly leading up to your arrival.

Please use the last/family name as it appears on your passport
Please tell us the name you go by
I am aware of the requirements and time commitment for participating in the International Student Early Arrival pre-orientation program and acknowledge my participation and commitment to this event. If you have a complication or questions about this statement, please email

International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS)

Service Building - Second Floor
84 South Service Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753
P: 802 443-5858
F: 802 443-2063