Things You Should Know

Regulatory Advising

The International Student Advisor works closely with incoming and continuing students regarding the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVIP) regulatory issues.  Adhering to current and evolving regulations is important for students throughout their time in the United States.  Counseling is provided for F-1 and J-1 students and scholars about maintenance of status, travel, employment authorization, resources for tax issues, etc.

Contact:     Kristine (Kris) Barry                              or        Sonja Aikens

                 International Student Advisor                           Administrative Assistant

                 (509) 527-5001                                              (509) 527-5596


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Make the Most of Your College Experience

The Intercultural Center (IC) helps new students adjust to the American culture and gives tips on how to negotiate the general college culture such as: how to interact successfully with your roommate, other students, faculty, staff, and "friendship families."  The center encourages involvement with extracurricular activities that help develop leadership skills, and planning and preparing for your future after college.

The IC hopes you will make the most of ALL the offices, services, and opportunities available at Whitman College, including Academic Advising, the Career Center, campus employment opportunities, the Center for Community Service, your faculty adviser, research and internship opportunities, Residence Life, and the Health Center.


The Intercultural Center Services and Programs Include:

Orientation Camp (O-Camp) for International and U.S. Global Nomad Students, which is held three days before New Student Orientation.  At O-Camp, you will meet and interact with other new students; meet with important resource people; see the campus; receive Immigration and Customs Enforcement regulatory information; gain valuable tips that can lead to academic success; discuss details about U.S. American culture; and of course, HAVE FUN!

Regulatory Advising on issues that relate to the benefits and limitations of your non-immigrant student status in the U.S. (i.e. tax compliance, employment and practical training, driver's license or Washington State I.D. cards).

Personal, cross-cultural and academic advising and referral - Please call x5596 to make an appointment in the IC.  Office hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Friendship Family Program matches international students with an individual or family in Walla Walla.  The program offers the support of a "family away from home" and the chance to experience U.S. American culture beyond campus.

Buddy Program - This optional program, which is coordinated through the IC and the Center for Community Service, matches first-year international students with returning Whitman College students.  The "Buddies" will assist you in acclimating to Whitman, show you their favorite campus and community places of interest, organize various social activities, and invite you to hang out and meet their friends.

Break Activities - Because we know you may be staying on campus during some college breaks and vacation periods, the IC offers a variety of break activities.  The Office of Residence Life offers you the opportunity to remain in your room at no extra charge during breaks and holidays.


Currency Exchange Rates

United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS)

U.S. Department of State U.S. Time Zones - Service and links to all the U.S. embassies and consulates

Phone Cards


Tax Information and Forms (1040NREZ)