When should I arrive and how long will I stay at RlT?
*Download here a pdf version of the F.A.Q for the Global Scholar Programs for RIT China, Weihai students.
Fall Semester AY17-18:
- Arrive as early as August 19, 2017. If you arrive earlier than the designated move-in date, you will be charged an early arrival fee per day.
- International Student Orientation activities start on August 20. Register for International Student Orientation here.
- RIT classes for the Fall start on Monday, August 28.
- If you are not staying for Spring Semester, you will need to move out of RIT housing by December 20 at 10AM.
Spring Semester AY17-18:
- Arrive as early as January 8, 2018.
According to immigration regulations, you must return to your home country within 30 days after the end date as it shows on your I-20 or DS2019 certificates.
For a complete calendar which includes holidays and breaks, please visit: www.rit.edu/calendar.
What airport do I fly into?
Be sure to schedule your flights so that you arrive in Rochester, NY (ROC – Greater Rochester International Airport) between 6am and 9pm EST (Eastern Standard Time). We can arrange for someone to pick you up from the airport during these times. We can also provide pick up within this same time frame if you arrive at the Rochester Amtrak Station, Greyhound Rochester Bus Station and Megabus Stop Rochester.
Who will pick me up at the airport?
You will be picked up the RIT program coordinator or an RIT Peer Advisor (PAL) student. Please share your arrival information with the Global Scholars program coordinator as soon as possible and she will confirm who will be picking you up before your departure.
Will I have healthcare?
The Student Heath Center provides a wide variety of healthcare services including comprehensive primary care, injection services and health education. The staff includes physicians, nurse practitioners and trained nurses. The Student Health Center staff will refer you to a local specialist if you need one. This is covered through your RIT student health and activity fee.
Will I have health insurance?
ALL international undergraduate and graduate students on F and J visas will be automatically enrolled in the Aetna Student Health Plan each semester, based on registration status, and billed by Student Financial Services. International students who already have adequate US health insurance can waive this coverage. The International Student Waiver Form can only be accessed within the first four weeks of the semester, you will be able to access the waiver form here. If you have any questions, please contact University Health Plans at 1-800-437-6448 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What vaccinations will I need?
Immunizations must be submitted prior to your arrival on campus and must be in English. If the student does not have a medical record of these vaccines, students will be required to be immunized before starting classes.
New York State law requires all students enrolled to supply the following immunization information:
- 2 doses of Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine at least 30 days apart from each other.
- Meningococcal vaccine is required for students age 21 and under. Students over age 21 must sign the meningitis awareness form.
- The Hepatitis B vaccine series (3 shots over 6 months) is required for athletes.
- All other vaccines are optional.
The approximate cost per dose at the RIT Student Health Center is:
Hepatitis B $75
Flu Shot $20
Do I need to submit other health documentation?
The only information that you need to submit that is MANDATORY by law is the immunization records.
You will be contacted by the RIT Student Health Center with instructions on how to submit this information. You will also be asked to complete a Health History Form. This form provides the Student Health Center a detailed history of your past physical and emotional health and allows them to personalize your health care.
Who should I contact with questions?
If you have any questions about the RIT Global Scholars program, please contact your academic advisor in your home campus. Please discuss options with your academic advisor which include visa options, co-op opportunities and student employment opportunities.