About Hartwick & Oneonta

International Student Advisors

The Office of Global Education and Service Learning assists international students in their transition to Hartwick from pre-arrival and immigration information through their academic and social adjustment to college life. Contact the Office of Global Education & Service Learning at globaleducation@hartwick.edu or 607-431-4422.

Academic Advisors
After your arrival, schedule a meeting with your academic advisor in order to establish a relationship and discuss your academic future.

When to Arrive

Plan to arrive at Hartwick College in time for both New Student and International Student Orientation. Emails you receive from Hartwick will give exact dates for these orientation programs. Hartwick generally admits new students at the beginning of fall semester in late August, and at the start of spring semester in early February.

Medical Forms

The medical forms emailed to you must be filled out with a physician while you are in your home country. Please scan and email health forms to Perrella Health Center, Hartwick College, 1 Hartwick Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820 or fax to the Perrella Health Center at 607-431-4124. The email address for the Health Center is healthcenter@hartwick.edu.

You will need to provide your health forms before you register for classes. If you cannot provide your immunization record, you will be required to get certain immunizations, which should be covered by your college health insurance.


Hartwick health insurance is mandatory for international students. The cost of your insurance is included in the tuition and fees listed on your I-20. You will be covered for medical emergencies or any illnesses you may experience while you are here.

Weather and Climate

Autumn: (Mid-September through November) Daily temperatures range from 20 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit (-7 to 13 degrees Celsius). Days may be warm or cool and crisp. Snow is possible in November. You may need a heavier jacket for colder days.

Winter: (November through February) Temperatures are cold, ranging from -20 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit (-29 to 5 degrees Celsius). Snow storms can bring anywhere from less than an inch to four feet of snow. Winter clothes are necessary during these months: heavy jacket, hat, gloves, and boots.

Spring: (March through early June) Temperatures range from 32-70 degrees Fahrenheit (0 to 21 degrees Celsius). Weather conditions vary greatly, and may be rainy, cloudy, sunny, or unseasonably warm. It would be useful to have an umbrella or raincoat for these months, as well as sweatshirts and a lighter jacket.

Summer: (Early June through mid-September) Temperatures range from 55 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit (13 to 33 degrees Celsius). The air may be dry or humid depending on the day. There may be some hot days when you first arrive. The nights in September will most likely be cool, calling for a sweatshirt and/or light jacket.

What to Bring

Label all of your bags with your name and Hartwick address. Also, place some form of identification (other than your passport) inside each piece of luggage.

Many airlines now charge a fee per bag. Airlines also have luggage weight limits, so be sure to inquire with your specific airline about how much you can take. A list of prohibited items can be found at U.S. Customs & Border Protection.

Personal Items
If you have any special medical needs, you may want to bring your medication with you since specialized medicines in the U.S. are only issued with a doctor’s prescription.

We also hope you will bring traditional items such as examples of arts, crafts, traditional dress, and photographs of family and home. There will be many opportunities for you to share your culture with the Hartwick community.

Document Copies
Many photocopies of all important documents (I-20, passport, visa, credit cards) in case you lose them. Keep one set of copies with you in your carry-on luggage and leave another set with a family member at home.

Electronic Devices
Please refer to Hartwick’s Residence Hall Policies. It is best to purchase electrical appliances after you arrive: appliances manufactured outside the U.S. may not be compatible with the power supply or may not be allowed inside the residence halls. Electricity in the U.S. is 110 volts, 60 cycles. Outlets accommodate plugs with two flat blades and/or plugs with two flat blades and an adapter pin.

Shipping Excess Baggage
Coordinating the arrival of shipped trunks and other baggage is complicated and expensive; if you need to ship baggage, contact Global Education & Service Learning Office (globaleducation@hartwick.edu) for information.

Getting to Oneonta and Hartwick’s Campus

The closest airports to Oneonta, NY are located in and Albany, NY (airport code ALB) and Binghamton, NY (airport code BGM). Staff from the Office of Global Education can pick you up at either of these airports; please request a ride two to three weeks in advance.

Summer Storage

Hartwick provides some space for international students to store their belongings over the summer break between academic years. Please contact the Office of Global Education & Service Learning (globaleducation@hartwick.edu) for more information.

Banking and Finance

Bring at least $500 with you for the first few weeks. It also is a good idea to have an international credit card such as MasterCard or Visa. When you arrive in the U.S., you should have at least $100 in U.S. currency. Once you arrive on campus, you will be able to make local banking arrangements in town.

Payment of Tuition and Fees

Payment of tuition, fees, and other charges is due prior to class registration. Hartwick College recommends that international students use Flywire as an economical, safe way to make international payments.

Mail Service

Once you receive a mailbox assignment, you should have people address mail to you this way:

  • (Your Name)
  • Box *(insert your box number here)
  • Hartwick College
  • Oneonta, NY 13820 USA

Host Family Program

Connect with an American family during your time at Hartwick to explore the local area, experience the local culture, practice your English (or American slang), and enjoy meals and outings. Download the brochure, complete it, and bring it to the Office of Global Education.

Working On-Campus

Learn about finding an on-campus job and getting a social security card.

Practical Training

Curricular Practical Training (CPT): Learn how F-1 students can complete an internship in their major under CPT (Curricular Practical Training). Make an appointment with the Office of Global Education to learn more.

Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Learn how to work in the field of your major for one year after you graduate under Optional Practical Training (OPT).  Make an appointment with the Office of Global Education 4-5 months before you graduate to learn more.


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