New International Students, Welcome to Mac!

Fill out the Arrival Form as soon as you finalize your travel plans.


See our Pre-Departure Checklist for everything you need to do before you leave home, as well as other important information/resources (visa applications, phones, winter clothes, etc).



If you have questions relating to admissions, please refer to International Student Admissions


Check out the International Student Handbook! This is updated yearly and mailed to all incoming international students during the summer.

The Department of Homeland Security Study Guide to the States is also a great resource for general knowledge about studying in the US.

Other useful links:
  • Pre-Orientation For International Students (PO4IS) occurs from August 26-29, 2019 (before the All Student Orientation); designed so that ISP can meet the specific needs of international students. If you require a visa to study in the US, you are required to attend PO4IS. If you are a US citizen or resident that completed high school outside of the US, you are encouraged to attend PO4IS. Please contact us at for more information.
  • All Student Orientation happens from August 29 to September 2, 2019 (after PO4IS and before classes start); it is open to all incoming students.
  • Mentor Program matches all incoming international students and domestic Ametrica participants to a returning student mentor to help them transition to Mac and the US.
  • Ametrica Project is a program that brings together international and domestic students to discuss different topics through a cross-cultural lens. It begins during PO4IS and lasts for 10 weeks. Applications required.
  • Friends Of Macalester International Students (FoMIS) Host Family Program is an optional program that matches international students with local families for a cross-cultural exchange and friendship (non residential). Applications required.
  • Immigration Authorization Transfer Recommendation/Release (SEVIS Transfer Form) – Fill out if you have attended school in the US prior to coming to Macalester.
  • International Exchange, Visiting, Or Transfer Students study at Macalester under different circumstances than incoming first-year students.
  • Student Employment  is available to international students who have received a work study through financial aid. Consult this link to learn more about government regulations, work study forms, and ways to receive authorization for working on campus if you have not already been assigned a job.

Here is a short video introducing what our department provides for international students. Enjoy!