International Student FAQ
We will prepare your temporary International Student Orientation housing for you to move in no earlier than August 15. If you choose to arrive earlier, you will need to arrange your own accommodations until your designated arrival day on Whitman campus. There are numerous accommodation options in Walla Walla, including hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, and Airbnbs.
For personal as well as travel reasons, many incoming international students do not travel with family to start college in the United States. International Student Orientation is designed for new international students only and does not include a separate family orientation. If your family is planning to travel with you to the U.S., we strongly encourage that they carefully review the family orientation schedule and make travel plans that coincide with Family Orientation.
Definitely! If you grew up outside the U.S. or attended high school abroad and would like some extra time to adjust to living in the U.S., we would be happy to have you with us at International Student Orientation. Whitman enrolls Third Culture Kids (people raised in a culture other than their parents' or the culture of the country named on their passport) every year, and many choose to participate in International Student Orientation and participate in our programs throughout their time at Whitman. If you have additional questions about attending International Student Orientation, please contact the Intercultural Center at 509-527-5596.
No. Incoming international students will stay in temporarily assigned rooms for the duration of International Student Orientation. You will move into your regularly assigned room at the end of International Student Orientation.