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Skidmore College
International Students and Scholars

ISO 2019

International Student Orientation (ISO)

Class of 2026 International Student Arrival: AUGUST 29, 2022

International student advisors in the Office of Student Academic Services (SAS) look forward to meeting you at Skidmore’s International Student Orientation 2022 (ISO). ISO is an academic and cultural introduction and will give you the information you need to have a successful and fun four years of college!

Non-U.S. citizens and U.S. dual citizens living outside of the United States are invited to participate in this program.

All F-1 visa students are expected to attend ISO 2022. 

During ISO, you will be accompanied by ISO Global Mentors (upper class students) and Skidmore staff who share information about academic resources, the “American” classroom, academic expectations, and the rules and regulations regarding study in the U.S. as an F-1 visa holder. ISO also includes fun excursions that introduce you to Saratoga Springs. ISO also includes time to shop for basic necessities or open a bank account.

ISO 2022 activities will take place from August 29-September 1.

ISO will conclude on the morning of September 1 when ISO participants join the Pre-Orientation program they selected. We strongly recommend that you choose your Pre-O program carefully. For example, if outdoor activities have never interested you before, the hiking and canoeing Pre-O programs might not be a good match for you. Skidmore students find that their Pre-O programs provide some of their best experiences and memories...know yourself and choose accordingly!

Some new students like to come to Saratoga Springs to explore before arriving to campus on August 29. If you need information about accommodations or Saratoga Springs and the surrounding area, please visit the website of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce.

NOTE: Late August is the peak of the tourism season in Saratoga Springs, New York. You will enjoy your visit to our beautiful city but you may find that some hotels have no vacancies or charge higher rates. Please make reservations early and if you have a rental car then consider searching for hotels in the nearby but surrounding communities (i.e. Malta, Ballston Spa, Clifton Park, Albany or Glens Falls). There is a good mix of small inns and independent hotels as well as franchise (Marriott, Hilton, etc.) hotels in the greater Saratoga Springs/Albany/Glens Falls area.



Please do not hesitate to email questions to Chloe Jaleel, Coordinator of International Student and Scholar Services (


Q:  If I cannot attend ISO, when should I arrive?

ISO is required of all new international students and we ask that you attend. Please keep in mind that we have carefully planned for new international student arrival, with the intention of welcoming students who are required to quarantine on arrival. Late arriving students who need to quarantine should please clearly communicate their arrival plans to SAS, Pre-O, and FYE to ensure sufficient time to quarantine before mandatory orientation activities. Please make sure you always confirm information and dates on the FYE Orientation website.

Q: If I miss ISO, can I still get information from international student advisors?

Yes, in fact you are required to do so.  It is important that you meet personally with the international student advisors/coordinators in Student Academic Services (102 Starbuck building) during the first couple of days of classes to learn more about your responsibilities as an F-1 visa holding international student.

Q: I am traveling to ISO alone, can someone meet me at an airport or other station?

If you are unable to get to campus due to financial hardship, please let SAS know. Note: financial hardship is usually determined according to each student’s financial aid package. All students: please make every effort to travel directly at one of the following locations only: Albany International Airport (ALB); or, Saratoga Springs Bus/Train Station.

If you are attending ISO, you will be asked to provide arrival flight/bus/train information prior to arrival.

Q: Where should I fly into?

If you are traveling by air, and especially if you are traveling alone, we HIGHLY RECOMMEND that your final destination is the Albany International Airport (ALB). You can take a taxi from there to Skidmore (30 minutes, approximately $65 plus gratuity). If a taxi presents a financial hardship for you, please alert SAS.

Q: I want to arrive early and need hotel recommendations for the Saratoga Springs area.  Where can I search for hotel recommendations?

The Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce lists many accommodations in the area.  Or, you can use your favorite travel website-such as Expedia, Travelocity, TripAdvisor,, etc.- to find ideas.  If hotels/motels in the city Saratoga Springs are full or too expensive, look to the North or South of the city for alternatives.  Nearby cities include Malta, Ballston Spa, Wilton, or Clifton Park.  Some hotels have free shuttles or are only a short drive (rental car or taxi) from campus.  Some hotels even have free shuttle service from the Albany International Airport. Even if your preferred hotel is not listed as having shuttle service from the airport, check directly with the hotel to confirm. Please note: some of the hotels with free airport shuttle service are close to the airport, but not as close to Skidmore, so be sure to check the distance and plan accordingly.

Q: My family is coming with me, can they participate in ISO?

Due in part to on-going global health challenges, most international families will not be joining their students on arrival. Because we want to include international parents who cannot come to Skidmore in-person, we are currently planning to hold our ISO Parent Session via Zoom only, however if you have family coming with you to drop you off, please let us know so that we can meet them!

Students are otherwise expected to fully participate in ISO and should not plan to spend time with friends/family after drop-off.