International Pre-Semester Program

New Incoming International Students

We look forward to meeting you at the International Student Pre-Semester Program, August 18 - 20, 2019. All new international students are required to be in Ithaca by 9 a.m. on Sunday, August 18, in order to attend the mandatory pre-semester program sessions. Note: The residence halls will open on Saturday, August 17, for early arrivals.

The International Student Pre-Semester Program is free and parents, family, and friends are invited to attend. There will be a special session for parents on Sunday afternoon, however, parents and families may join all other sessions that are of interest. We also invite all new Ithaca College students who are coming from overseas to join us for the International Pre-Semester Program - regardless of immigration status. Every year, many students who have U.S. permanent residency or U.S. passports (but are coming to us from abroad), choose to attend the Pre-Semester Program and have found the sessions to be helpful.

After the International Pre-Semester Program, you will participate in fall orientation, which will introduce you to all the other new IC students, and to everything you need to know about IC and Ithaca. You will also meet your academic adviser and finalize your fall course schedule. For general information about fall orientation, please see or e-mail Our office works closely with the Office of New Student and Transition Programs to ensure that all incoming international undergraduate students benefit from fall orientation.

When questions come up, do not hesitate to contact us at the Office of International Programs! You can reach us via e-mail at or by telephone at +607-274-3306.

See you in August!

Diana Dimitrova
Director, International Student Services

Michail Konstantinos Chalkiopoulos
International Orientation Coordinator