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Travel Planning for 2019-2020

The schedule for Berkshire School offers some short breaks for students, as well as longer vacations. The following information should help in making arrangements for flights for the 2019-2020 school year. The Dean of Students’ Office is responsible for approving travel arrangements and arranges transportation at the beginning and end of the major vacations to and from school to JFK Airport in New York, Logan Airport in Boston, MA, and Bradley Airport outside of Hartford, CT.

New International students arrive at Berkshire on August 29, and dorms open at noon on that day. International students and their families may want to arrange nearby accommodation if they are arriving in the U.S. before August 29. Students traveling without family members can stay on campus August 28, if needed, but we will need to make arrangements individually as needed.

During the school year, students can remain on campus for Parents’ Weekend breaks (October 12-15 and February 6-10). All students must leave campus for the November Thanksgiving Vacation, December Winter Vacation and March Vacation. Students flying should not book flights leaving before 6 p.m. (for international flights) until the evening of the day break begins. Returning flights should be booked to arrive in the U.S. earlier in the day. If needed, an international student can remain on campus overnight the first day of a vacation and can return one day early as flight arrangements require. Students and their families should make these arrangements ahead of time.

Although arranging international travel can be challenging, we ask that students’ travel is arranged so that classes, examinations, or other school obligations are not missed. 

THANKSGIVING VACATION
Begins on Saturday November, 23, after classes and students return December 2 by 8 p.m.

WINTER VACATION
Begins on Thursday, December 19, after noon and students return Sunday, January 5 by 8 p.m.

MARCH VACATION
March vacation begins on Saturday, March 7, after noon and students return Wednesday, March 25 by 8 p.m.

END OF SCHOOL YEAR
Seniors graduate on Friday, May 22; Underformers (9th-11th grade students) leave on Thursday, May 28 after noon.

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).