Preparing for your year at Barnard

Once you are accepted, you will recieve an email from the Office of International and Intercultural Student Programs with information on the visa application process. You should download the DS-2019 request form to the right and return it by June 1. (For more information, see the International Student Handbook)

Download your Welcome Packet, 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

and much more.

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

Date                      To do

June 1                    DS-2019 information due
Summer 2014        Apply for your J-1 visa
June 16                  Dining Services contract due
June 16                  Adviser Questionnaire due
June 16                  Housing contract due
June 30                  Health forms due
June/July                Activate your eBear/email; activate UNI; submit ID photo;
                               complete online forms via eBear
August 1                 Payment due IN FULL
August 1                 Email your flight information to
August 24               Move-in to your residence hall
August 25               Orientation begins

Choosing courses

You will not register for courses until you arrive on campus in August 2014. Courses you are eligible to take while at Barnard include:

  • Courses designated BC, C, V and W
  • Courses numbered from 1000 through 4999
  • Visiting international 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 note that you are welcome to search for courses but you should plan to work closely with your academic advisor during Orientation to put together an appropriate program.

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