SUNY Cobleskill offers an international student orientation prior to the start of each semester. This will help with administrative and academic issues so the beginning of the semester goes smoothly. You should also attend the general campus Orientation for all new students before classes begin. Classes usually begin on the Monday after student arrival on campus.
Before you arrive in Cobleskill, you should contact the Executive Director of International Education with your arrival date (email@example.com). On the day that you arrive, please check in with Residential Life if you arrive during business hours. If you arrive after regular business hours, please call University Police at 518-255-5317 for assistance. The campus police will meet you and conduct you to your residence hall as long as you have that information with you. You should then go directly into your residence hall and settle in. Please note that Albany Airport pick-up may be arranged in advance for arriving international students. This service is not available in the middle of the night.
Remember to contact International Education and Residential Life (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your arrival date and time once you have made your travel plans. All new international students who have been assigned housing may check into their residence halls at scheduled times on arrival days. The staff will be ready to help you check in if they have your arrival information. Please contact Residential Life if you have not received notification of your housing assignment. The phone number for that office is 518-255-5215. Students in degree programs should complete the Web check-in process on the SUNY Cobleskill Web site before arriving to campus. This will make the campus arrival experience much easier.
Upon your arrival in the U.S. you will need some cash for transportation to Cobleskill and food. You can purchase U.S. dollars before leaving home or at the airport upon arrival. Don’t carry too much cash for safety reasons, but consider that you may need a few hundred dollars for travel, food and initial shopping. In Cobleskill, you will be able to open a bank account near the campus to keep money safe. Credit cards can also be used for most purposes, but they must be able to function internationally.
Please check into your residence hall on campus upon arrival. You should try to bring a pillow, sheets, towels and blankets with you if possible. If you need to shop for linens, towels and blankets (these items are not provided by SUNY Cobleskill), you will be able to take public bus transportation to stores that sell these items. Because that may not be possible on the first day, please bring at least one sheet, towel, light blanket and small pillow with you. You may need those items for the first night or two. Also bring basic items for washing until you can visit a local store (Wal-Mart) to buy more.
If you check in to your residence hall early in the day, you will be able to get help with the following tasks:
Before classes begin, please be sure to: