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For international students, campus life offers many options for fun and engagement. That includes more than 100 student organizations you can join. When you get involved on campus, your life at Albion becomes busy, exciting, and meaningful.

Some student organizations promote intercultural learning. Those include International Student Union, Asian Awareness Group, African Student Union, Arab Club, Black Student Alliance, Muslim Student Association, Organization for Latino/a Awareness, and Umbrella.

International students also enjoy making friends through the Center for International Education and the Office of Intercultural Affairs, both of which hold annual intercultural events. Contact us if you'd like to chat with current students about their experience!


You don't get a big city vibe here. The campus is very close-knit and welcoming. There is always something to do on the weekends like free movies at the Bohm theatre, canoeing on the river, Friday night comedians or musicians, walks in the nature center, or just hanging out with friends. Matt, USA, Biology, 2019

The City of Albion welcomes innovation and a lot is going on in town. Every day there is a surprise waiting for you. Lei, China, Accounting, 2019

Actually living with students from different backgrounds made me learn lot about their cultures and how to interact with people. The first-year residence hall helped me make lot of new friends who were coming from various places and were also looking for new friends, which was perfect. Duuluu, Mongolia, Biochemistry, 2019

Communicate, join clubs, find people with similar interests and you'll make plenty of friends. American students want to get to know international students. Reaching out is the easiest, most helpful thing you can do. Erris, Kosovo, Mathematics, 2019

It's definitely a safe community to study in. The city of Albion isn't a major metropolitan city, so students can focus on their studies and activities. The crime rates are very low too, compared to big cities, so anywhere you go on campus it's a safe place. Duuluu, Mongolia, Biochemistry, 2019

International Student Services

Albion College international students and Center for International Education staff have fun in front of the camera.

Where you'll find support for… everything.

International students often choose Albion College because they know they'll have the support they need on campus.

 Center for International Education

The Center for International Education and Off-Campus Study is the global heartbeat of campus. CIE organizes International Student Orientation, hosts programs for international students throughout the year, and provides support for students on non-immigrant visas. CIE also helps any student who wishes to study abroad with the preparation and their return to campus.

 International Orientation

Living and studying far from home can be challenging. You may need help becoming comfortable with our customs, lifestyles, academic practices, and even our food. We've created an international orientation program to help you in the transition.

You'll be greeted at the airport by international orientation leaders and the Director of the Center for International Education. They'll take you to your room at Albion, where your residence hall assistant will help you settle in.

At international orientation, you'll get to know our campus, the city of Albion, and each other. We will help ease your transition and introduce you to the many ways you can get involved on campus. We provide help with things like bank accounts, mobile phones, and shopping trips.

Degree-seeking international students will also participate in SOAR (Student Orientation Advising and Registration), an exciting program that introduces all new students to Albion College.The Office of the Registrar will prepare a preliminary class schedule for you once you complete the online academic forms in your Albion Student Portal. At SOAR you can meet with academic staff to discuss changes.

 Advising and Counseling

Every Albion student has at least four advisors: student and faculty first-year mentors, an academic advisor, and a residence hall assistant. Further, our Counseling Services office provides all students with confidential mental health counseling andreferrals to community mental health agencies.

The Center for International Education provides support for immigration questions, your adjustment to the US, and anything else you want to ask about.

 Health Care

Health insurance enrollment is required for international students. Albion College's Student Health Services clinic provides every Albion student complete outpatient health care with referrals to specialists as needed. Emergency services and full laboratory testing and X-rays are available in cooperation with Oaklawn Hospital.

 Employment Opportunities

Campus employment is available to help you meet expenses. The Career and Internship Center has a listing of on-campus jobs available to all students as well as internship and career opportunities. If you are on an F-1 student visa, you must coordinate any internships and off-campus employment with the director of the director of the Center for International Education and other Albion staff and faculty. Off-campus employment is restricted for students in F-1 status.

 Transportation

Our students go everywhere—and most of them rely on our College transportation. Campus Safety takes students to and from medical appointments or classes if injured. The college also arranges shuttels to the movie theater, shopping malls, grocery, and department stores several times a month. During scheduled holidays, a shuttle service is available to and from Michigan airports for a minimal fee.

 Religious and Multicultural Diversity

At Albion, we value all faiths and individual spiritual development. The Office of the Chaplain supports programs that promote innovative thought on ethics, religion, and social responsibility. And the Office of Intercultural Affairs supports underrepresented students by promoting awareness of multicultural issues among all students, staff, and faculty.


The food is so good that you'll have a hard time trying not to gain weight. Roohia, Pakistan, Sociology, 2018

It's definitely a safe community to study in. The city of Albion isn't a major metropolitan city, so students can focus on their studies and activities. The crime rates are very low too, compared to big cities, so anywhere you go on campus it's a safe place. Duuluu, Mongolia, Biochemistry, 2019

Actually living with students from different backgrounds made me learn lot about their cultures and how to interact with people. The first-year residence hall helped me make lot of new friends who were coming from various places and were also looking for new friends, which was perfect. Duuluu, Mongolia, Biochemistry, 2019

Albion has opened my mind to things that I would not have learned otherwise; from the city of Albion to the homemade solar panels in Israel and everything in between. With every class and extracurricular activity that I do, I find myself expanding my horizons. Roohia, Pakistan, Sociology, 2018

Receiving Your Aid

An Albion College men's soccer student-athlete.Determining your eligibility for financial aid is an important first step. Here, you’ll find additional information on securing your financial aid offer—and keeping it.

Requirements to Receive Aid

Students must meet requirements to receive federal and state financial aid. These include:

  • Being a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Being enrolled in a degree or certificate program
  • Being enrolled at least half-time
  • Being registered with Selective Service, if a male
  • Having a high school diploma, or equivalent
  • Meeting the financial need requirements

Students must also meet satisfactory academic progress standards.

Obtaining Your Aid

After completing your FAFSA, you'll receive notification from the Office of Student Financial Services regarding the funds you are eligible for, along with specific instructions on how to obtain those funds. This information is always available in your ACIS account.

Getting Your Bill

In early July the College begins sending notification of your bill. This notification is sent as an email to you. If you'd like to have your parents get a copy, you'll need to set them up as authorized users. You can do that at SOAR or by logging into ACIS and visiting the eBill section.

Understanding Your Bill

The charges reflected are only for the fall semester. Your financial aid offer and your financing plan are for the whole year, so the numbers will be different. Your bill will include your tuition, fees, housing,and meal charges.

Financial Aid on Your Bill

Some of your financial aid will be reflected on your bill.

Some won't—here's why:

  • Federal funds cannot be credited to your student account until ten days before the start of the semester. That includes Pell and Supplemental Grants as well as Direct Loans.

  • Michigan Tuition Grant funds will be applied when the State confirms your eligibility.

  • Work-Study/Albion Work funds must be earned.  You will be paid by a paycheck for the hours you work.  You may use those funds for incidential expenses or make a payment on your student account.
  • If you haven't completed all the requirements, we can't put funds on your account.

What Does 'Authorized Financial Aid' Mean?

These funds are all set and ready to pay. We are waiting until ten days before the beginning of the semester to put the funds on your student account (it's a federal rule, we can't put it on until then). These funds are already subtracted from the amount due on your bill.

What Are 'Memo Items'?

These are funds that are in process, meaning you are eligible for them, but you haven't completed all the requirements.

Scholarships

 Students in a class in the Kellogg Center, fall 2012

Where a vision becomes a possibility.

Scholarships are a gift. They change lives, allowing entry into a world of thought and exploration that would otherwise not be possible. We believe in their transformative power, and are always working to provide more. Information and application instructions are located through the links below.

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