Getting Ready for Wilson


Greetings and welcome to Wilson College! We are excited that you have chosen to become a part of our community and we are confident that you will help us to continue our long-standing tradition of excellence.  The next few weeks will certainly be exciting as you plan your voyage to the United States.  Perhaps you are a seasoned traveler, or maybe this is your first time to journey so far from your home.  Regardless of your level of travel experience, we’re sure that you’re a bit nervous, and hopefully very excited!

After you have submitted your $400 enrollment deposit, you will receive orientation information and housing forms which will help to determine your roommate.

An orientation program is held just before the beginning of each semester to acquaint you with Wilson College.  During this program you will receive an introduction to your peers and to Wilson College life.  You will learn what to expect from Wilson, and what Wilson will expect from you.  Attendance is helpful and mandatory.  You must plan to attend this week-long orientation session; exact dates will be provided to you.

Academic registration takes place the day before classes begin.  This process will be further explained during orientation.  You must have a valid F-1 visa in order to register for classes.  (See “Visa Information and Forms”)

New International Students Traveling to the U.S.

Email contact with Wilson College

Shortly after your I-20 is issued, you will receive a postal mailed packet of information from Wilson College Student Development office. In the packet will be information on how to set up your Wilson College email account. Paul Miller of the International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) office will use this account to contact you, so you must check this account regularly for emails from him. ISSS office will not use personal email addresses.

Before the Visa Appointment

Passport:  International students in the U.S. must maintain a valid passport at all times. Your passport should be valid for at least six months into the future when entering the U.S. and when applying for a U.S. visa.

I-20:  After you have been admitted to Wilson, and after you have certified your available finances, Wilson will issue an I-20. When you receive the I-20, please make certain your name is spelled correctly! Also review your birth date, country of birth, degree program, reporting date, and completion date. If there are any errors, please notify Linda Brittain in the Admissions Office immediately! (Phone in the USA: 001-717-262-2002, Fax. 001-717-262-2546, E-mail

I-901 and SEVIS Fee:  After you have received your I-20 and you assure that everything is correct, you will need to complete a SEVIS Fee Form I-901 and pay this fee. Go to this web site for instructions. 

Then you must print the coupon or receipt. Don’t throw away this paid SEVIS receipt paper; this is your proof that you paid the fee! You will need to take this with you for your visa appointment. And keep it with your official paperwork when you travel to the United States.

Flight Arrangements

Inform Wilson College of your flight immediately upon purchasing ticket. Please inform ISSS (Paul Miller) of your travel plans as soon as they are finalized! He can be contacted at You must advise ISSS office at least two weeks in advance in order for the College to send a representative to the airport to meet you and transport you to Wilson College. Remember, you will need to arrive at one of the following airports no later than 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, August 13, 2015, Eastern Daylight Savings Time, to be picked up by a Wilson College shuttle:

  • Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), Washington, DC
  • Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI), Baltimore, MD

Wait in the baggage claims area of your Airlines for a college representative holding a Wilson College sign. Remember that you should arrive at one of the above airports on Thursday, August 13, by 7:00 p.m. A shuttle from Wilson College will pick you up and transport you to the college. If you arrive at IAD or BWI after 7:00 p.m. on August 13, you may need to find your own transportation to Wilson College, at a cost of hundreds of U.S. dollars. Further details about the shuttle will be given you after you supply ISSS with your flight arrangements.

Contact Information

Linda Brittain ( ) is the International contact in the Wilson College Admissions Office. If you find errors on your I-20, you should contact her immediately! Also, be certain to contact ISSS with your travel plans as soon as they are made. Use your Wilson email account for this purpose.  

Paul Miller (ISSS) is your contact once you arrive in the United States. After establishing your Wilson email account, the best method of reaching him anytime is via that email account.

When you arrive in the U.S., if you are having any type of difficulty, or if you are at another U.S. airport and may arrive late to BWI or IAD airports, you may reach Paul Miller by calling Wilson College Security at 717-372-2255. Use this number only after arriving in the U.S. Many U.S. airports have ‘Travelers Aid’ stations, where you may go to ask for assistance in contacting Wilson College.