Image of three international students holding hands during orientation

Due to Whitman College moving to primarily remote teaching for Fall 2020, the majority of orientation programming for new international students will be delivered remotely. Remote orientation for intentional students will be held Aug. 17-19, 2020. A schedule will be posted in early August.

International students and their families can also access the virtual orientation programming, which will be live the first week of August. Watch your Whitman email for more information. Additional virtual opening week activities will be held at multiple times and dates beginning Aug. 20, 2020.

International Student Orientation provides new F-1 and J-1 students an opportunity to learn more about Whitman, Walla Walla and the United States, and focuses on topics that are relevant to international students. Participation in International Student Orientation is required for all F-1 and J-1 visa students.

International Student Welcome Guide

Download the International Student Welcome Guide

International orientation will be held virtually Aug. 17-19, 2020. A detailed schedule will be posted later this summer.

If you have questions about orientation, contact Greg Lecki,

If you have made arrangements to live on campus for fall 2020, please contact the Residence Life Office for information about what to pack. 

Most international students pack lightly and we can assist you with shopping locally.

The Walla Walla Valley enjoys beautiful landscapes and all four seasons, including cold weather during fall and winter. We encourage you to prepare appropriately for hot and cold weather when considering what you will bring with you to Whitman.

International students who have arranged to stay on campus for Fall 2020 should arrive at the Walla Walla Airport on Saturday, Aug. 15. Arriving on Sunday, Aug. 16, is possible in case of delays or other complications.

If you will be arriving in Walla Walla via the Walla Walla Regional Airport (ALW), orientation staff will meet you at the airport and drive you to campus. Please note that unfortunately, due to vehicle restrictions, we cannot guarantee space for accompanying family members. We will do our best to help accompanying parents and other family arrange transportation from the airport to campus, but we encourage family members traveling to Walla Walla as well to arrange transportation for themselves in advance. 

If you will be arriving in Walla Walla by car, you can come to Reid Campus Center, 280 Boyer Ave., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and check-in.