Accepted international students

Congratulations on your acceptance to SUNY Oswego! We here at the International Student and Scholar Services Office (ISSS) look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful campus. Please take a moment to review the information below, as this will help you to prepare for your arrival to SUNY Oswego.

What to do after you've been accepted

The Are You Ready? guide contains all the steps you will need to take after being accepted into SUNY Oswego, like paying your SEVIS fee, activating your email account and Laker ID, and completing your academic and health requirements in order to register for classes.

These steps are slightly different depending on your visa status. Click to view and download the Are You Ready? guide for your status below:

Your visa interview

In most cases, you will need to schedule an interview with the United States Embassy or Consulate in order to be granted your F-1 or J-1 student visa. You should absolutely bring your passport, your Form I-20 (for F-1 students) or your DS-2019 (for J-1 students), and a copy of your current financial documentation to this interview.

For a comprehensive list of tips and advice about applying for your student visa, please take a look at this article by the National Association for Foreign Students Advisors (NAFSA): 10 Points to Remember When Applying for a Non-Immigrant Visa

Registering for classes

All undergraduate students have to be registered for a minimum of 12 credit hours (9 credit hours for graduate students) in order to maintain status as a full-time student. Once registering for classes, you are strongly advised NOT to drop below the minimum credit hours, EVEN if you drop one class because you plan on registering for another. General advice regarding course registration can be found on the Registrar's Office website.

There are certain steps you will have to complete before being able to register for your classes. This process is different for F-1 and J-1 students:

Course registration for F-1 students

As an F-1 student (to include first-year and transfer students), you will be pre-registered for all of your classes by a team of advisors. You cannot be pre-registered until you have completed all the steps on the Are you Ready? guide. If you are not satisfied with your course schedule after you have been pre-registered, don't panic! You can meet with your advisor after your arrival to campus and he or she will help you adjust your schedule, if necessary.

Course registration for J-1 students

J-1 students can register themselves for classes only after they have completed the steps in their Are You Ready? guide. As the last cohort of students to be able to register, it is especially important that J-1 students complete these steps as soon as possible so they are not locked out of any classes. If unsatisfied with the schedule they have created, then J-1 students will have the opportunity to meet with their advisors shortly after arriving to campus, as part of the New International Student Orientation.

Pre-arrival guides

The Pre-arrival guide outlines everything you need to know about coming to SUNY Oswego - from applying for your visa, to required immunizations, what to pack, how to pay your bill, cellphone service in the area, and more. View and download it here.

You will also find some very useful information available in our pre-departure presentations including tips for preparing for your flight, registering for classes, where to buy books, and what to do in Oswego. View the pre-departure presentation for your visa type below:

The International Student and Scholar Services Office also holds live, virtual chats (called "webinars") on preparing for your arrival to the United States. These are held a few weeks prior to your arrival. So, be sure to check your email inbox for an invitation to an upcoming session!

Arriving to campus

The official arrival date to campus for the Fall 2018 semester is Wednesday, August 22nd. The International Student and Scholar Services Office will be providing a shuttle service from Hancock International Airport in Syracuse, New York to the campus on this day ONLY. There will be five different shuttle times ranging from the morning to midnight, the exact times for which will be determined as we collect all incoming flight schedules. We strongly suggest that you schedule your arrivals into Syracuse for no later than 8:00 PM on the 22nd. A representative of the International Student and Scholar Services Office will be there to greet you at the airport and take you to the shuttle bus. 

If you arrive on any other day, you will need to coordinate your trip from the airport in Syracuse to Oswego. The airport provides some recommended taxi and ride-sharing services here.

International Student Orientation

All incoming international students are required to attend a two-day New International Student Orientation prior to the start of classes. Orientation for students arriving for the Fall (August) 2018 semester will take place from Thursday, August 23 to Friday, August 24, with the official arrival date being Wednesday, August 22. You can find the full schedule here, and by clicking the button below. Simply click on the dates in grey to see the schedule for that particular day.


Who do I ask about...

We here at the International Student and Scholar Service Office try to help you in any way that we can with your transition to the college and to life in the United States. However, sometimes we don't have all the answers. Here are the offices you can contact to get the most up-to-date information about different questions you may have.