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International Students and Scholars

125 Wright Hall
Smith College
Northampton, MA USA

Phone: 413-585-7598
Fax: 413-585-4982
Email: interstu@smith.edu

Open office hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 2:30–4 p.m.

In order to maintain continuity in your visa status, it is important to enter the United States using your F-1 or J-1 student status throughout your program. Even during college breaks, you should enter in your student status.

Arrival Policies

Arrival Time

The official arrival and registration day for ISP is August 25, 2019. All students participating in ISP are expected to arrive on campus at Ziskind House (79 Elm Street, Northampton, MA 01063) between the hours of 12:00pm and 8:00pm to check in, pick up room keys, and receive other important information about the ISP program. 

Airport Shuttle Schedule

Smith College provides free airport shuttle services from Bradley International Airport on August 25th between 12pm and 8pm. Students will receive first priority for shuttles. While we will work to accommodate all guests requesting shuttle transport on a space-available basis, Smith cannot guarantee shuttle space for accompanying family members or other guests. Students arriving at other airports, or outside of the designated arrival window will be responsible for making their own arrangements. 

Early Arrivals

Smith College cannot accommodate students who choose to arrive in the U.S. prior to August 25th. Under no circumstances will any student be allowed to move into their room early. Any students arriving outside of the designated arrival window (12pm-8pm on August 25) will be responsible for making their own accommodation arrangements.

*Please note that the above policies apply to fall semester arrivals only. Students beginning their course of study in the spring semester will receive this information from the Office of Student Affairs.

Travel Documents

To travel to Smith, you will always need your:

  • Passport: must be valid for at least 6 months at all times
  • Visa*: valid F-1 or J-1 entry visa which will be glued inside your passport. If you renew your passport, your valid visa may be in your old passport.
  • I-20 or DS-2019: original SEVIS I-20 (for F visas) or DS-2019 (for J visas) to enter the United States as a student

*Canadian citizens do not need an entry visa in their passport to be admitted as a student.

Travel Signatures

Each year, the ISSO must sign your I-20 or DS-2019 on page two to validate it for international travel. A travel signature will be valid for 12 months. If you plan to apply for a new visa while at home, your I-20 or DS-2019 should be signed within the last six months.

For helpful travel tips in F-1 status, see the Department of Homeland Security's page on "Traveling as an International Student."


Declaring Currency

Each family is allowed to bring up to $10,000USD into the United States without declaring it.

Please be aware that if you and your family plan to bring more than that, you will need to declare it with a Customs form at the airport. Failure to do so can result in fines or even confiscation of your funds. Make sure to confer with your family members on your way into the United States to determine whether or not to declare U.S. currency.


Directions to Smith

Smith College is located in Northampton, a lively town of 30,000 in the Connecticut River valley of western Massachusetts.

By Car

From the South: Northampton is on Route I-91 in Massachusetts. From I-91 North take Exit 18 and turn left onto Route 5. Follow Route 5 into the center of town. At the intersection of Route 5 and Route 9, turn left onto Route 9 (Main Street). Go straight through four sets of traffic lights, turning left into Smith’s main entrance (College Lane) shortly after the seventh set. The Office of Admission is on your right, overlooking Paradise Pond. Parking is available next to the office or along Route 9.

From the North: From I-91 South, take Exit 20, and follow onto Route 5 South into the center of town. At the intersection of Route 5 and Route 9 (Main Street), turn right onto Route 9. Then follow the same directions as above from Route 9 to campus.

From the East or West via the Massachusetts Turnpike: Northampton is on Route I-91 North (Mass Pike exit 4). Once on I-91, follow the directions above for visitors from the south.

Mapping Smith?

If you're using an online map application for directions to the Office of Admission, the address is 7 College Lane, Northampton, Massachusetts 01063.

By Bus

Peter Pan, Greyhound and Vermont Transit serve the area. Most routes go to the main bus terminal in Springfield, where you can catch another bus to Northampton. Buses run almost hourly between Springfield and Northampton. Smith is a 10-minute walk or a short taxi ride from the bus station. Call 413-586-1030 for bus schedules.

By Train

Amtrak's Vermonter stops in Northampton. Smith is a short taxi ride from the train platform. For more information, visit Amtrak's website or call 800-872-7245.

By Air

The closest airport is Bradley International. It is served by most major airlines and is located about 35 miles south of Northampton near Hartford, Connecticut. Flying into Bradley rather than to Boston's Logan Airport gives you a shorter drive to Northampton and spares you city traffic congestion.

Taxi and Transportation Services

Transportation to Smith from the Boston or Hartford airports is available from a number of services. Advance reservations may be required.

This listing of area taxi and transportation services does not imply an endorsement by Smith College of any of these businesses.