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Starting your SNHU Experience: Check In and Orientation

Upon your arrival at SNHU, please come to the International Student Welcome Desk to begin the University's Check In process. As part of this, you will need to bring with you the following documents:

  • DS-2019 or I-20 (if transferring from another US university, bring all of your other I-20s with you)
  • Passport with visa
  • I-94
  • Original medical documents with English translations

Please make sure you arrive at SNHU at least one day prior to your Orientation as you will need time to complete the Check In process before attending Orientation. If you have dependents on F-2 & J-2 visas, also make sure to bring in their immigration documents as well. Please note that your I-94 can only be accessed after you arrive in the U.S. Please also make sure to watch our Pre-Arrival Orientation videos and complete our quizzes. This will help to give you the best start at SNHU.

International Student Orientation

We want your university experience to have the best start, so we have developed a full Week of Welcome (W.O.W.) program intended to help you settle into life at SNHU. W.O.W. is run by our student welcome crew, who will guide you through the basic essentials of check-in, lead social activities and be with you during orientation. The basic schedule for W.O.W. includes*:

  • Monday-Wednesday: Check in and settle in
  • Thursday: Social activities and shopping trips
  • Friday: Orientation (mandatory for all international students regardless of program or status)

The orientation program provides you with essential information about the university, its departments, resources and opportunities. During orientation, we will also discuss the State Department immigration regulations that you need to know in order to maintain your immigration status.

*Schedule may vary. Check our Dates and Deadlines page to ensure you arrive by the final check-in date for your program.

SNHUfit: Special Program for International Undergraduate Students

SNHU First-Year International Transition (SNHUfit) helps international undergraduates transition to campus life in Manchester, N.H. Established by International Student Services, participants will explore the scenic beauty of New Hampshire, engage in interactive workshops and develop meaningful relationships with faculty and staff. This program is open to anyone, but designed for first-year undergraduate international students. The program takes place during the week before orientation. Apply to be a part of this program, as well as learn about the other pre-orientation programs at SNHU.