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Coming to Salve

Each year, we welcome students from around the world, including freshmen, transfer, graduate, second degree and exchange students. Our international students bring a unique perspective to campus, which is valued by students, faculty and staff.

We assist prospective international students with the application process and newly accepted students with all pre-arrival steps including travel documentation, applying for a visa, getting to Newport, housing and things to bring. We also host a weeklong international student orientation that helps make the transition to life at Salve Regina as smooth as possible.

Below are some action items to complete before you leave home.

General Checklist

  • Get your passport and visa.
  • Arrange transportation to Newport for Orientation. There is a one-time shuttle reservation from Boston.
  • Register for both International Student Orientation and Salve Regina's new student Orientation.

Document Checklist

  • Passport with visa (most students have an F-1 or J-1 visa).
  • Salve Regina I-20 (F-1 students) or DS-2019 (J-1 students). If you do not have F or J status, bring documents that confirm your immigration status.
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores, SAT, ACT, GRE or GMAT scores and original transcripts in English from previous schools as applicable.
  • Proof of financial support and SEVIS fee receipt if appropriate.
  • If necessary, bring an international driver's license and English translations of marriage and birth certificates.

Health Services Checklist

  • Send in health history/physical/immunization form by the due date to the address on the form.
  • Optional: Make arrangements to get meningococcal, Hepatitis B, varicella, DTaP and/or HPV immunizations before coming to campus. Bring or send copy of updated immunization records to Salve Regina.
  • Enroll in the insurance plans by Aug. 1. Review both the accident and health policies that you will receive in the mail.
  • Put together a basic health care kit to take to school. See suggested list at the Mayo Clinic Website.
  • Make copies of prescriptions (medications, eye glasses/contacts) to bring with you.
  • Bring a month's supply and a doctor's prescription for any medication that you take regularly.
  • If applicable, find health care providers in the area that will provide care for special health care needs (allergy shots, mental health, physical therapy, etc.).
  • Make a dental appointment to have teeth cleaned one more time at home. These are not covered by medical insurance and are very expensive in the U.S.; the cost will probably be far less in your country. If you wear glasses or contact lenses, bring an extra pair in case of loss or accidental breakage.