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International New Student Orientation

Welcome to Wentworth Institute of Technology! We are excited that you will be joining us this coming fall semester.

International Student Orientation will take place all day on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, and Thursday, September 3, 2020. Attendance is required of all international students who are new to Wentworth even if you attended another U.S. school prior to Wentworth.

Please note that you will need to have your immigration documentation with you at orientation. If you are moving onto campus on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, please bring this documentation with you. All international students must bring their passport, visa, I-94 record and Wentworth I-20.

International Student Orientation & Wentworth Opening Week

International Student Orientation is followed by Wentworth Opening Week. International students are expected to attend both. During International Student Orientation, students learn information specific to the needs of international students. During Wentworth Opening Week, all new students are introduced to university life and it prepares new students for academic and social success.

  • Move-In for International Students living on-campus: September 1, 2020
  • International Student Orientation: September 2 & 3, 2020
  • Wentworth Opening Week: September 4-7, 2020
  • First Day of Classes: September 8, 2020

Arriving to Wentworth

To help guide you on your journey to Wentworth, we have put together a list of the steps you should consider on that path. These include

  • Setting your travel date
  • What you should bring with you
  • SEVIS Fees
  • Financial Assistance and Scholarship
  • Getting to Wentworth

Setting Your Travel Date

In order to avoid any unnecessary complications but still give yourself time to adjust to your new environment, it is important to think carefully about the day you plan to arrive in the United States.

Regulations set by the Department of Homeland Security allow new students with an F-1 visa to enter the United States thirty (30) days or less prior to Wentworth’s international student orientation.

Many students have benefited greatly from arriving a few days before international student move-in. Students who choose to arrive early will have to make their own accommodation arrangements for the days preceding move-in. [Information on hotel accommodations - currently on d7 under the about section] The move-in date for international students is September 1, 2020.

What to Pack

As you begin to consider what you will cram into luggage, you might want to look over the following information. Because you are traveling from outside the United States, there are some additional items you may want to consider bringing that most domestic students wouldn’t:

  • A valid, non-US Drivers license. You will be able to drive using a valid non-US Drivers License for up to one year after entering the U.S.
  • Mementos from your country
  • Visa/Passport/Other immigration documents For a list of recommended items for your residence hall, visit the Office of Housing and Residential Life's website.

SEVIS Fees

Individuals seeking an F-1 student visa must pay a SEVIS I-901 fee. If you do not pay the fee, you will: a) not be issued an F-1 visa and b) will not be admitted to the United States, or if you are present in the United States, your application will not be processed.

Review the SEVIS I-901 instructions to determine if you are exempt from the fee and for more information about submitting the form. For I-901 instructions and a copy of the form I-901 go to the SEVP website.

It is very important to keep your SEVIS Fee receipt as you may need to prove that it was paid in the future. Also, keep all other records pertaining to your nonimmigrant status. It will help to have a copy when:

  • Applying for subsequent visas while continuing at the same school or exchange visitor program
  • Applying for any work-related benefits
  • Entering the United States
  • Filing a petition or application with CIS

Financial Assistance and Scholarships

International students are not eligible for federal need-based financial aid. As an incoming international student, you are automatically considered by the Admissions Office for a Merit Scholarship. This scholarship is based on the strength of your application and your prior academic performance. More information about any of these awards. [link on sharepoint points to d7 in finance area]

There are also additional resources that you can take advantage of to help cover the cost of your education. We have compiled a list of scholarship and financing websites you can use to locate and apply for awards from organizations outside of Wentworth. Visit the Financial Aid website [not created yet - link this] for more information.

Getting to Wentworth

Airport Transportation

Logan International Airport is Boston’s major airport. The most common forms of transportation from the airport to WIT include taxi, hotel shuttle and through the subway system called the “T”.

Taxi

Taxis can be found at the ground transportation area outside each terminal. Fare to downtown Boston will be about $30 and to WIT about $40. Normally, you tip 15% of the cost of the fare if you received good service.

Public Transportation - MBTA (also known as the “T”)

Shuttle bus #33 picks up passengers in front of the airline terminals and brings them to the Airport subway or “T” stop. Take the Blue Line subway inbound to Government Center. At Government Center change (go upstairs) to the Green Line E outbound train (E Line to Heath). You will get off at the MFA “T” stop. The school is located on the corner of Huntington Avenue and Ruggles Street. The cost for a one-way trip on the “T” is $2.65. Visit the MBTA website to learn more about public transportation in Boston.

Shared Vans and Hotel Shuttles

Many van companies offer shared van service to area hotels. Although it may take you a little bit longer to arrive at your destination, it is typically much cheaper, especially if you are traveling on your own (around $10-$15 per person). If you are staying in a hotel, call the hotel first to see if they provide a free shuttle or if there is a shuttle company that they recommend.