Welcome new international student parents to Gettysburg College! We are very happy that your son or daughter has chosen to come to school in Gettysburg. We are also very excited to offer an International Parents Orientation designed specifically for parents of our new international students. This orientation is separate from, but occurs at the same time as, International Student Orientation. We hope you are able to join us.
International Parents Orientation will begin on Friday, August 16, 2019, and will continue until Wednesday, August 21, 2019. This is the same time that your son or daughter will be participating in International Student Orientation. By scheduling the two orientations at the same time, we hope that both new students and their parents can get a clear understanding of the College, make connections, and get a proper welcome to Gettysburg College.
2019 Schedule (PDF)
The schedule will include more information as details are confirmed.
Note: There is a $200 registration fee that covers activities and meals for the parents.
If you are planning to attend International Parents Orientation, you also will need to book a nearby hotel. Unfortunately, the College does not provide housing for family members. Family members are not permitted to stay in the student residence halls. Please keep in mind that you should book a hotel that is close to the school since the College does not provide daily transportation between the hotel and the College for the orientation activities. Staying within walking distance of the College is especially important if you do not plan to rent a car; however, Freedom Transit provides free transportation from certain hotels to the College with a special card that we will provide you upon arrival.
If you register for International Parents Orientation, the College will pick up you and your son or daughter at select airports nearby. The airports are listed on the Airport Transportation Form. Please make sure to fill out the Airport Transportation Form along with your son or daughter’s information to ensure that we know when and where to pick you up.
In addition, if you are planning on attending International Parents Orientation, we strongly suggest that you purchase a health insurance policy for your time here in the U.S. Your son or daughter is covered by the College’s health insurance plan, but parents and family members are not. While you can purchase health coverage through a variety of companies, you might consider using the company that the College uses.