Preparing for your year at Barnard

Once you are accepted, you will receive an email from the International and Intercultural Student Programs Office with information on the visa application process. 

You will also receive a 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

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

Date                      To do

July 1                     Dining Services contract due
July 1                     Housing contract due

July 10                   DS-2019 information due
Summer                Apply for your J-1 visa

July 10                  Register for International New Student Orientation (INSOP)

July 10                   Adviser Questionnaire due

July 10                   Health forms due
July                        Activate your myBarnard/email; activate UNI; submit ID photo;
                               complete online forms via myBarnard
August 1                Payment due IN FULL
August 1                Provide your Flight Information
August 28              Move-in to your residence hall
August 28              International New Student Orientation (INSOP) begins

Choosing courses

You will not register for courses until you arrive on campus in August. 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.