For Incoming International Students

Welcome to Our Campus Community

International & Cross-Cultural Support

Welcome to Shenandoah University (SU) and the International Cross-Cultural Center (ICC). SU's International Cross-Cultural Center offers support and services to our international and cross-cultural community. As part of the central hub for international education, the ICC office is committed to supporting and complimenting the global and academic mission of the university.

Quick Facts:

  • 140 Students at SU from abroad (international)
  • 25 Faculty at SU from abroad (international)
  • 45 Countries represented currently at SU

The ICC works toward providing, supporting and facilitating international education and services for intercultural students, faculty and staff. We strive to coordinate services and programs necessary to facilitate international and cross-cultural education in its broadest sense. We offer various services including pre-arrival information, orientations, visa issues and immigration matters pertinent to the students, scholars and staff at Shenandoah. ICC partners with other offices, departments and divisions at Shenandoah to nurture international growth and develop programs to help students and scholars adjust to a new university, community, country and culture.

For new international students, the coordinator's office will be working with you regarding your visa status and will be preparing for your arrival and orientation at Shenandoah University. The office is located on the main campus at Shenandoah University, in the International Cross-Cultural Center, Cooley Hall, first floor.

We trust you will find your time here a rewarding experience and one that helps you to reach your personal and professional goals.


Betty S. Wardrope, Coordinator/PDSO
International & Cross-Cultural Support

Contact Information: 
Shenandoah University, International Cross-Cultural Center
1460 University Drive, Winchester, VA 22601
Phone: (540) 665-1293
Fax: (540) 678-4474


Newly Admitted (pre-arrival)

Information for Newly Admitted International Students (pre-arrival)

All new international students, regardless of their visa status, are required to complete a clearance process with the International Student Advisor prior to enrollment.  To clear your record for registration, you will need to present your passport and immigration documents, satisfy Shenandoah University insurance requirements, and complete several forms required by the University. USCIS (immigration)…Read More

F-1 Status

Information for International Students in F-1 Status

The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is the computerized system maintained by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) that is used to track students and exchange visitors while they are in the United States. Shenandoah University is required to utilize SEVIS for the initial issuance of the Forms I-20 and DS-2019 as well as reporting changes to students/visitors status. Read More

International Pre-Arrival Form

Please complete the International Pre-arrival form with information about your arrival to Shenandoah University. Read More

Health Information for International students

Health Insurance and Records All students are required to submit a completed health form complete with insurance information to the Wilkins Wellness Center. Information and forms are available on the Health Insurance and Forms page. All students are required to have insurance when they arrive on campus. You may enroll in the health insurance plan…Read More

Orientation for International Students

Orientation International students who have been accepted and will start attending SU in August 2012 should arrive on Wednesday, August 15, or Thursday, August 16. International student orientation begins 9:a.m. on Thursday, August 16. Plan to meet in the International and Cross Cultural Center which is located on the ground floor of Cooley Hall. Orientation…Read More

Dependents (F-2), Optional Practical Training (OPT) & Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

Information about Dependents (F-2), Optional Practical Training (OPT), and Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

F-2 Regulations Study: The need to monitor foreign students being educated and trained in the U.S. is of vital importance to the national security of the U.S. The government believes that the value of SEVIS would be undermined if there is no distinction between an F-1 student and F-2 dependent when it comes to receiving…Read More