10 Steps: Pre-Arrival Checklist
All international students with F-1 and J-1 visas who are admitted to Edgewood College must complete the following steps before arriving to campus for new international student orientation.
Step 1: Prepare the necessary documentation to enter the United States
Step 2: Secure housing for your program at Edgewood.
Step 3: Prepare for course registration.
Step 4: Create an account for Edgewood email and online systems.
Follow the steps online here to create your Edgewood College online accounts. You will need your Edgewood ID number to create your account. You can find your ID number on your letter of acceptance from Edgewood.
Step 5: Complete Technology Tutorial - Click here!
On this page you will find five instructional videos to show you how to use the Edgewood Express portal to search and registrar for courses, make a payment, view your grades, order a transcript, and access the Blackboard learning management site.
Step 6: Confirm arrival information with the Center for Global Education (CGE). *Only students who will live in a residence hall at Edgewood need to complete this step.
Plan to arrive at the Dane County Regional Airport in Madison (airport code: MSN) between 8:00am - 6:00pm on Monday, August 12th.
Send Lynelle Wang (firstname.lastname@example.org) your complete flight itinerary (with airline and flight numbers) and arrival information at least 3 weeks before orientation in order for someone from Edgewood College to pick you up at the airport and take you to your residence hall. If you decide to arrive outside of the dates and times listed above or at a different airport, you will be responsible for your own transportation from the airport to campus. You may also be responsible for your housing until orientation begins.
Step 7: Complete the International Student Health Statement and bring to orientation.
Read the health information provided concerning Hepatitis B and Meningitis.
Complete the International Student Health Statement Part 1 BEFORE orientation. Part 2 (Tuberculosis Screening) and Part 3 will be completed once you are on campus.
Consider bringing your medical and dental records, including verification of immunizations. It is helpful to include all information about medical conditions, treatments, prescriptions, and eyeglasses.
At Edgewood College all* international students and exchange visitors are required to purchase health insurance to protect against the high cost of medical care in the United States. Edgewood will automatically enroll all F-1 students, J-1 exchange visitors and J-2 dependents in our health insurance plan with WPS Health Insurance, and the fee will be billed directly to your student account through the College's Business Office. For more details, click here.
*Only students sponsored by SACM and ISEP, who are required to be enrolled in insurance through their sponsors, are waived from the Edgewood insurance enrollment requirement.
Step 8: Confirm your attendance at International Student Orientation: August 14-16
Email Lynelle Wang (email@example.com) to confirm attendance at International Student Orientation. Edgewood College requires all international students with F-1 and J-1 visas to participate fully in the international student orientation. Click here for an overview of the orientation schedule. The Center for Global Education will send you a more detailed schedule in July for Fall semester and in December for Spring semester.
*Orientation will include a light snack and full lunch each day. If you have any dietary restrictions, please email (with your confirmation of attendance) detailing your specific needs no later than 3 weeks before the first day of orientation. After this date, we will not be able to accommodate. We always consider halal and vegetarian dietary needs for every meal.
Step 9: Sign up for the Global Buddy Program.
Step 10: Before travelling to the U.S., review these resources to help you prepare for your arrival to the U.S.
* Please contact Sara Friar at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about your arrival to campus.
Additional Information about your arrival:
Please consider bringing the following items with you to Edgewood College:
- Bring any documents that might pertain to your legal history. These might include your marriage certificate, birth certificate for yourself, children, spouse, and international driver’s license. We also advise you leave one set of these official documents with someone in your home country.
- Budget for the following expenses: tuition, fees, rent, meals, Edgewood College’s mandatory health insurance, books, transportation, communications, personal expenses, recreation, travel, warm clothing, and taxes. Please note that some exchange programs cover the cost of tuition, housing, meals and health insurance.
- Traditional attire or cultural artifacts that you might wear or demonstrate at educational or cultural events.
- A dual dictionary featuring English and your native language.
- Compliant appliances such as hair dryers and shavers that meet the US standard of 120V A/C.