Congratulations on your acceptance to Manhattanville College!
We look forward to welcoming you to our community of globally-minded students. Special programs and services will allow you to make a smooth adjustment to campus life. We are a resource for you and your family at every step of your educational path.
F-1 visa vs. J-1 visa
Every full-time degree student at Manhattanville is eligible for the F-1 visa and the majority of Manhattanville international students hold this visa status.
Please be advised that immigration documents start being produced in MAY for fall entrance. So it is advisable to get all the steps completed as soon as possible.
Steps to take
For F-1 students The "Certificate of Eligibility" is also known as an I-20. It is the document that allows you to get your student visa. Being accepted into an academic program is the first step in the process; finances and intent are the second steps. Being accepted into a program does not guarantee an I-20 or a student visa.
For J-1 students The "Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status" is also known as the DS-2019. It is the document that allows you to get your visa. Being accepted into an academic or English language program is the first step in the process; finances and intent are the second steps. Being accepted into a program does not guarantee a DS-2019 or a visa.
The U.S. government requires that we be absolutely sure, to the best of our ability, that you demonstrate enough financial (cash) support to cover the costs of your program. Undergraduates, this means one academic year (scholarships included) and to provide a plan for how you can afford each following years’ costs. Graduate students must demonstrate the entire cost of your program. To see current costs CLICK HERE Please download the appropriate forms to document your finances:
All students getting F-1/J-1 visas must also pay the SEVIS 901 fee. Students must pay this themselves prior to their visa application and interview — for more information click this link. Remember to attach your I-901 receipt to your immigration documents (I-20/DS-2019) before your interview. Watch this tutorial on "How to Pay" your SEVIS fee.
Ready, Set, Go! Undergraduate Pre-Orientation
JANUARY ARRIVALS: Typically school starts the third week of January (after Martin Luther King Jr. Day). Detailed arrival information will accompany the student's immigration documents.
AUGUST ARRIVALS: Undergraduate International Students needing a visa to attend the college MUST ATTEND the **AUGUST** ORIENTATION and the THREE DAY PRE-ORIENTATION. Details about this program will accompany your immigration documents. You can arrive early, get over jet-lag and settle in all before the other new students arrive. Then you get to join them in the traditional fall orientation.
Graduate Program OISS Orientations
Graduate programs begin throughout the year and orientation session are offered accordingly.