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International Student Program

The map above indicates the countries of current Berkshire School students.

ORIENTATION

New international students arrive on campus five days before the start of classes. During this time, they receive an academic, social, and residential introduction to the school.

IMPORTANT DATES 2019-2020

Thursday, August 29:  NEW INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ARRIVE
Registration from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. 
Thursday evening: International Student and Family Dinner 
Families will meet the student's advisor who will serve as a mentor throughout the year. 

Friday, August 30: Orientation for international students and parents (morning session). 
Parents: Tour of school and information sessions. 
Students: Math and science placement meetings with department chairs. 
Students and parents: shopping trip to mall for those interested (optional). 
Parents of international students may depart after lunch.

August 31 - Monday, September 2: ORIENTATION FOR ALL NEW STUDENTS

Tuesday, September 3:  First Semester begins.

Students will receive their class schedules and all books required for the fall semester at Registration. 

A detailed schedule of Opening Days and Orientation will be available later this summer.

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Berkshire School's International Student Program Director oversees and coordinates all of the programs which address the needs of the international students.

Lissa McGovern
International Student Program Director
lmcgovern@berkshireschool.org

ENGLISH TUTORIAL PROGRAM

This program provides instruction for students with strong language skills but who may need additional support with academic work in the English language.

IMMIGRATION COUNSELING

The Director keeps current with immigration law as it applies to international students in F-1 status and advises students on how to maintain lawful status.

STUDY IN THE STATES

The website below contains the most current and accurate information in English and in translation provided by the Department of Homeland Security on:

1.) How to obtain a student visa to study in the United States.

2.) What international students need to do to maintain their student status once they have arrived in the United States.

3.) What international students need to do to travel back and forth from the United States to their home countries.

(On the homepage of the Study in the States website click on the tab Students at the top of the page and follow the student links to obtain the desired information.)

STUDY IN THE STATES WEBSITE

VISA & TRAVEL INFORMATION

Enrollment Guidelines
Click here to obtain information on how to officially enroll at Berkshire if you haven’t already done so and how to obtain a student visa.

Arrival in the United States
When traveling into the United States, students must be ready to present their passport and I-20 to the CBP officer. Students should also carry a copy of their letter of enrollment or admission to the school and bank evidence of the ability to pay for attendance. In addition, students should have the name and contact information for their domestic guardian and the phone number for Berkshire School (413-229-8511).

TRAVEL PLANNING FOR 2019-2020

Berkshire School recognizes the existence of common global concerns and the need for greater international and intercultural understanding and cooperation and welcomes the enrollment of international students. These students provide the entire student body with unique educational opportunities and an international perspective. In return, these students receive an education in a stimulating and nurturing environment, which “instills the highest standards of character and citizenship and a commitment to academic, artistic, and athletic excellence." At Berkshire, our students develop the skills they will need to succeed in American colleges and universities and in life beyond academia.