International Student Advisor Packet

After you have been officially accepted and have paid your deposit, you will receive, via FedEx or USPS International Express Mail, an envelope that contains the following:

Letter from the International Student Advisor

This comprehensive letter explains in detail:

  • the contents of the envelope,
  • the steps that need to be taken to apply for a visa,
  • guidelines for travel to the United States as an F-1 student,
  • detailed information about potential arrival dates,
  • introductory information about the transition to college, and
  • important dates to consider (international student orientation, general student orientation, etc.).


Your I-20 is the document that demonstrates that Gettysburg College is sponsoring you for your F-1 student visa.  You will need this document for your visa interview and you must always carry this document with you when you travel in and out of the United States. More about the I-20 process.

SEVIS Receipt

Information regarding students' status is maintained by the International Student Advisor through a system called SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System).  SEVIS is an online database that generates each student's I-20 and all new students are charged $200 by the Department of Homeland Security to defray the costs of managing SEVIS.  The receipt is needed for the visa interview.  Gettysburg College pays this fee for all new students and will send your receipt with your I-20. 

Travel and Transportation Information

Gettysburg College can arrange and pay for your transportation from area airports and train stations for your first trip to the college.  Future transportation needs to and from the college to area airports and train stations are the student's responsibility. The envelope contains forms you will complete and share back to the college regarding arrival information and the details of pick-up locations. More information about transportation for international students.