International Students and Scholars Office

Clark students

Admitted International Students

Congratulations on your admission to Clark University!

We look forward to welcoming you to campus, to Worcester, and to the United States! This page contains lots of information for incoming students. Some of it will be program specific and some will be general information for all incoming students.

If you have general questions about this information please contact us.

After you are admitted

Once you are admitted and you submit your deposit, you will be able to access the International Student Form in the application system. This allows the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) to evaluate your information and issue a Form I-20 so that you can apply for an F-1 Student Visa. Once you have submitted the International Student Form and uploaded all required documentation, the ISSO is typically able to issue your I-20 within 2 weeks. If we need any additional information from you after you submit the International Student Form, we will contact you directly at the e-mail address listed in your application.

After your I-20 has been issued, you will receive an e-mail from Veda Genkos, ISSO's SEVIS Coordinator, with additional important information about coming to Clark. The Admissions office will then contact you with details about the shipment of your I-20.

Information about coming to Clark University

You should review the Welcome Letter that is specific to your program/level that you have been admitted to:

For Fall 2017 Entrance:

For Summer 2017 Entrance:

After you review the Welcome Letter and you receive your I-20, you will need to schedule an appointment to apply for your F-1 Student Visa. This document will provide you with details on how to apply for a visa and what to prepare for your visa interview.

Prior to your visa interview, you will need to pay a one-time SEVIS fee. Please pay this fee online at least three (3) days prior to your visa appointment date, and bring your payment receipt with you to your visa interview.Please read this detailed information about the SEVIS Fee.

After you receive your visa, you should plan your travel to the United States! You should arrive no more than thirty (30) days before the Program Start Date that is listed on Page 1 of your I-20. Boston Logan International Airport is the closest major airport to Worcester. You can review information about how to get from Logan airport to Clark University here:

Orientation for Graduate Students

All incoming Graduate and Ph.D. students will attend International Graduate School Orientation that will take place from Friday, August 18 through Monday, August 21, 2017. The final orientation schedule can be found here. All students should attend International Student Check-in on Friday, August 18 between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. in the Lurie Conference Room of the Higgins University Center. If possible, prior to attending check-in, please complete our online check-in form and upload copies of your immigration documents (passport, visa, signed I-20 and I-94 information).  Bring your original immigration documents with you when you come for ISSO check-in on Friday, August 18.

For Graduate Students and ALCI students starting their program in Summer 2017

Please check with your academic department/program to determine what date you need to arrive on campus for orientation programs.  Once you arrive at Clark, you should come to the International Students and Scholars Office within 5 days to check in with us.  You are also welcome to attend the Fall 2017 orientation sessions that take place in August.

Orientation for Undergraduate Students

International Student Orientation (ISO)

Attendance at ISO is required for all international students entering the undergraduate program at Clark University. ISO starts on Monday, August 21, 2017 and ends on Thursday, August 24, 2017. ISO Check-In is on Monday, August 21, 2017 in Tilton Hall inside the Higgins University Center. Please arrive between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

The ISO schedule can be found here.

Separate sessions for parents of new undergraduate students are available while their student is attending ISO on Monday, August 21st and Tuesday, August 22nd. The Family Session schedule can be found here.

Week One

Attendance at Week One is required for all students entering the undergraduate program, including U.S. Abroad and Undocumented/DACA Students

Program Dates: Thursday, August 24 through Sunday, August 27, 2017

Pre-Orientation Programs

If you are a U.S. citizen who has spent all or part of your high school years living outside of the United States, you can choose to attend one of the following Pre-Orientation Programs if you would like:

      1) International Student Orientation (as described above)
      2) Advancing Clark Excellence: ACE Summer Institute. ACE is a pre-orientation for students of color and students who are the first in their families to pursue a bachelor's degree.

      Program Dates: Monday, August 6, 2017 through Wednesday, August 23, 2017.

      This program is open to incoming first year students who identify from racially underrepresented groups (African-American/Black, Latinx, Asian/Desi, Pacific Islander, Native/Indigenous-American, and Multiracial), multiracial or the first in their families to attend college. This is not open to international students who are here on a valid US visa. This program includes a 0.5-credit college math course and a 0.5-credit college writing course. Leadership and College 101 workshops are also included to maximize your success. Students will have the opportunity to go on field trips, explore the community, connect with faculty and administrators at Clark and build friendships that will last a lifetime. This is a great program for someone who wants to get a jumpstart on their college career and is ready to work hard and play hard as part of a community of scholars.

      Apply for ACE. Applications are due by May 21.

      For more information, contact Hayley Haywood at the Office of Multi-Cultural and First Generation Student Support.

        3) Connections@Clark. This is a leadership early orientation for students of color.

      Program Dates: Monday, August 21, 2017 through Wednesday, August 23, 2017

      Apply for Connections. Applications are due by June 26.

      For more information, contact Hayley Haywood at the Office of Multi-Cultural and First Generation Student Support.

Undocumented/DACA students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the many resources available at Clark. Our Multicultural and First Generation Student Support office seeks to serve as an ally and welcomes students to apply to our programs such as the ACE Summer Institute and Connections@Clark. We also offer workshops, community events,supportive spaces for students of color, and advising. Please visit our website for more information and contact Hayley Haywood, Director of Multicultural and First Generation Student Support, with questions.