All entering students enroll in a First-Year Seminar as part of the College's core requirement for graduation. Small classes like these—with an emphasis on discussion, an opportunity for individualized student research projects, and the development of strong communication skills—serve as the foundation for your undergraduate experience.
Students from Noisy le Roi and Bailly Visit Campus
Students from Albion’s Sister Cities, Noisy le Roi and Bailly, France arrived in town for the 6th Annual Albion College Piano Festival, October 31 – November 2, 2013. The festival is a competition hosted by the Music Department. Early beginners up to advanced players and piano duos can win cash prizes. But for the participants, the Festival is equally about performing, meeting and hearing other students, and taking lessons/master classes from Albion Faculty and guest artists.
In between practicing and lessons, our young French guests spent a day visiting Dr. Dianne Guenin-Lelle’s and Dr. Emmanuel Yewah’s French classes. They shared what life is like for them in France, they ate in Lower Baldwin, played Bocce on the Campus Quad, and attended a Goûters at Fiske House, home of the international living and learning program.
Working in the United States for F-1 Visa Students
Opportunities for F-1 students
On-Campus Work: F-1 students are eligible to work only on the Albion College campus. Federal regulations stipulate that you work no more than 20 hours per week while classes are in session, except during vacation periods. To find a job, look on the student employment website. The amount of money you earn during the school year is usually enough for books and pocket money.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT): F-1 degree students may apply for a CPT after having completed their first year of college. The CPT must be part of your academic major and can be for no more than 20 hours per week. In order to apply for a CPT, students must see CIE Director Dr. Debra Peterson for an application and guidelines.
Optional Practical Training (OPT): Upon completion of your academic degree, F-1 students are permitted to apply for an OPT. This training is valid for one year, must be within your major field of study, and must be approved by Immigration and Naturalization Services. In order to apply for an OPT, students must see CIE Director Dr. Debra Peterson for an application and guidelines at the end of their junior year or start of their senior year.
Traveling Within and Outside of the United States
Travel within the U.S.
Please make sure to carry your original passport and I-20 with you at all times.
Note: Make sure you know which route you are taking when you travel through the U.S. Many American students traveling east from Michigan drive through Canada. If this is your route, you must follow the “Travel outside the U.S.” guidelines below.
Travel outside the U.S.
All F-1 and J-1 students traveling to other countries (including Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean) will need to have their I-20 signed by a Designated Student Official (DSO). Please remember to plan ahead and set up an appointment to have your I-20 signed. In addition to a valid passport, visa, and I-20, you may also be required to get a visa of the country you plan on visiting.
Visa Application Information
Upon receiving your deposit and confirmation to enroll at Albion College, the College will mail to you an I-20 or DS-2019. (Again, the I-20 is sent to degree-seeking students to obtain an F-1 visa. The DS-2019 is sent to exchange students and native speakers to obtain a J-1 visa.)
When you receive the I-20/DS-2019:
Check it for accuracy. (name, birth date, gender, etc.)
Sign and date the form.
Make an interview appointment with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. If you delay, there can be a lengthy wait in getting a visa.
Check with the U.S. embassy/consulate for a list of documents required for your interview.
Here is a brief list of documents you should be prepared to show:
Completed visa application
Your signed I-20 or DS-2019
I-901 Receipt (SEVIS fee payment receipt)
Financial documents (proof of finances)
Any additional documents the embassy may request you to bring to your appointment
Preparation for the interview:
In addition to gathering the necessary documents and forms, we encourage you to prepare for your interview with the U.S. embassy/consulate. You may want to give some special thought to your:
Foreign residence and ties to a community
Intention to return to the place of foreign residence
Ability to financially support yourself (and family, if included) while in the U.S.