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Acceptance to VISP



Above is an interactive map of where VISP students were visiting from during the Spring 2014 semester.

Preparing for your semester at Barnard

Once you are accepted to VISP, you will recieve an email from the Office of International and Intercultural Student Programs with information on the visa application process. (For more information, see the International Student Handbook)

Then, please download the acceptance packet to the right, which includes required forms and information on:

  • housing
  • meal plans
  • medical forms and insurance
  • setting up your Barnard email account
  • what to bring
  • arrival information
  • advice from former VISP students

and much more.

Please use this simplified "To Do List" below as a guide to help you prepare for your semester at Barnard.

Date                      To do

Fall 2014               Apply for your J-1 visa
October 25            Dining Services contract due
December 1           Payment due IN FULL
November 10         Submit adviser, ambassador, and housing survey online
Demember 9          Submit required health information forms
As soon as possible     Activate your eBear/email; activate UNI; submit ID photo;
                            complete online forms via eBear
January 1              Submit your flight information online
January 13            Move-in to your residence hall
January 14            Orientation begins

Choosing courses for your VISP semester

You will not register for courses until you arrive on campus in January 2015. Courses which VISP students are eligible to take while at Barnard include:

  • Courses designated BC, C, V and W
  • Courses numbered from 1000 through 4999
  • VISP students are not eligible to take any course designated G, K, I, J U or any other letter, or any course number beginning with 6000 or higher
Please use this list as a guide; updated courselists are posted each November: VISP Spring 2014 course list


Please review our Frequently Asked Questions for even more helpful information as you prepare for your semester at Barnard.