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First-Year Experience in London

Arrival and Orientation

The London First-Year Experience begins with a 3 day orientation on the Saratoga Springs, NY campus. Students will then travel, as a group, to London and continue orientation activities in London prior to the start of classes. The London FYE orientation is mandatory for all students except international students living outside the United States.

Orientation Arrival Day  

Fall 2023: Monday, August 21, 2023

All London students should plan to arrive on campus on between 9:00-11:30 am on arrival day to check into the designated residence hall for the London FYE orientation. Orientation activities will begin promptly at 12:00 pm with a welcome lunch for students and their families. Students are not permitted to arrive early except in rare circumstances and these requests must be approved by Skidmore College in advance. 

Once available, a tentative orientation schedule will be posted on Skidmore's main orientation website

International Students

Due to visa and immigration issues, international students are excused from attending the orientation on the Skidmore College campus in Saratoga Springs, NY and are permitted to arrive directly in London. Please contact Kendra Nelson in Off-Campus Study & Exchanges for details about the London arrival date for international students not attending the orientation in Saratoga Springs, NY.

London FYE Parent Orientation

For those parents accompanying their students to campus, there will also be a parent orientation on the Skidmore campus on the first day of orientation (Monday only) from 12:00-5:30 pm. The parent orientation is not required, but we hope that any parents and family accompanying their student to campus will join us.

London FYE leadersPlease note that August in Saratoga Springs is extremely busy due to the summer racing season at the Saratoga Race Track, and if you need to spend the night, it is best to plan ahead. There is a list of local accommodations located at All students will be provided with on-campus housing during orientation in Saratoga Springs, NY including bedding and meals.

Questions regarding the London FYE orientation or arrival day should be directed to Kendra Nelson, London FYE Program Manager in Skidmore's Off-Campus Study & Exchanges, at or +1-518-580-5355.

This page was updated on December 8, 2022.