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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 1Prepare the necessary documentation to enter the United States

Step 2: Secure housing for your program at Edgewood.

Step 3: Prepare for course registration.

Step 4Create 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.  Send Rami Alharbi ( your complete flight itinerary (with airline and flight numbers) and arrival information.

Plan to arrive at the Dane County Regional Airport in Madison (airport code: MSN) between 8:00am - 6:00pm on Monday, August 13th. Provide the CGE with your arrival date, time and airline as soon as possible 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 to bring to orientation. 

This form requires a doctor’s signature.

Step 8: Confirm your attendance at International Student Orientation: August 15-17

Email Rami Alharbi ( 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 breakfast 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 2 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 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 documents that concern your medical history.  Be sure to have the International Student Health Statement (green form) signed and completed by your doctor.  Consider bringing your medical and dental records, including certificates of immunization and vaccinations, information about medical conditions or treatments, prescriptions, and eyeglasses.
  • 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.

What's Happening


March 12-16 (CGE Open)

Spring Break

March 23

Summmer 2018 Study Abroad Application Deadline / FLP Summer 2018 Form Deadline

March 30 - April 2 (CGE Closed)

Easter Holiday 

April 6

Faculty-Led Program and Scholarship Deadline for Fall 2018 / Winter 2019 Travel (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Cambodia, St. Lucia)

April 13

Pre-Departure Orientation Session 1 (Summer and Fall 2018, Year 2018-2019)

April 20

Pre-Departure Orientation Session 2 (Summer and Fall 2018, Year 2018-2019)

April 27

Scholarship Application Deadline (Summer and Fall 2018, Year 2018-2019) 
Spring 2019 Program and Scholarship Application Deadline
Semester Form Deadline  (Summer and Fall 2018, Year 2018-2019)

May 11

Last Day of Class

May 14-18

Final Exams

May 20


May 22 - August 10 (CGE Limited Summer Hours)

Summer Session
*4th of July - CGE Closed

August 15-17

New International Student Orientation 

August 22 4-5pm Nona McGreal

New International Student Welcome Reception

September 3 (CGE Closed)

Labor Day

September 12 11am-2pm Predolin Terrace 

Study Abroad Fair 

October 1-2  (CGE Open)

Fall Break 

October  12

Pre-Departure Orientation Session 1: Spring 2019 Students

October  19

Faculty-Led Program Form Deadline (Winter 2019 Travel)

October  26

Pre-Departure Orientation Session 2: Spring 2019 Students

November 2

Faculty-Led Program and Scholarship Application Deadline (Spring w/ Spring Break or Summer Travel 2019)
Study Abroad Form Deadline: Spring 2019 

November 5 -9 (Events Announced in Sept)

International Education Week 

November 22-25 (CGE Closed)

Thanksgiving Break

December 10-14

Final Exams

December 24 - Jan 1 (CGE Closed)

Christmas Holiday