International Student Support

Few universities know how to take care of international students as well as Saint Michael's. More than 15,000 international students from more than 40 countries have studied at our university since 1954. We help you to succeed academically, socially and personally at Saint Michael's by supporting you before you arrive and while you’re here.

Before Arrival at Saint Michael's

Soon after confirming your intent to attend Saint Michael's, you will receive information by e-mail and mail that will provide you with everything you need to register for classes, complete necessary enrollment forms, and in general become a fully-matriculated Saint Michael's student. Your International Student Advisor will contact you to make sure you understand everything necessary and are prepared for arrival. If you have questions at any time, we will be available to answer them for you.

Arrival Services

Upon arrival at Burlington International Airport (BTV), a Saint Michael's staff member will meet and drive you to your student residence where you will be welcomed into university life by your Residential Director and fellow students. An international student orientation is usually scheduled for the next day where students learn about their new academic home and how to succeed.

English Language Testing Intensive and Academic English

Within a day or two of your arrival, after you've had a chance to rest, you may be asked to take a language test. Later, you will meet the Faculty Advisor for International Students, who will spend some time getting to know you, and, if necessary, counsel you on any recommended language training. Students may upgrade their language skills in Intensive or Academic English programs that are offered through our Department of Applied Linguistics/TESOL. No matter what your level of English, we’ll help you to achieve your goals.

International Student Advising

Each international student is assigned an Academic Advisor, usually a faculty member in the student's major, and the Faculty Advisor for International Students, who is a faculty member in the Department of Applied Linguistics/TESOL. Both advisors work closely with the student to support them in making progress towards their academic and personal goals.

Activities, Clubs and Local Travel

International students at Saint Michael's College are invited to participate in a variety of educational, social and recreational activities on campus. There are many events such as lectures, presentations, concerts, films, athletic events, intramural sports, wilderness programs, skiing/snowboarding, and many club activities. Trips are arranged throughout the region including visits to the cities of Boston and Montreal.

International Student Housing

International students are provided with housing and a full meal plan. All residences have broadband internet and amenities such as kitchens, living space, washer/dryers, and entertainment areas. Included in the cost of housing at Saint Michael's are three or more meals each day in the dining hall, and access to all facilities including swimming pool, fitness room, library, computer labs, and health center.

Internships and Work Activities

All undergraduate students can receive valuable work experience as well as academic credit and financial compensation in the field of their choice while studying at Saint Michael's or immediately afterwards. International students on F-1 visas are also eligible for this opportunity. Saint Michael's Internship Office is expert in finding the right work placement for every student. It’s not difficult because employers in Vermont know of Saint Michael's excellent standards in preparing students for the work place.

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