Prospective International Students

Interested in becoming a student at Hampden-Sydney? Apply now!

International Student Application

Admissions Questions:

Admissions Office 
Graham Hall, Second Floor 
Contact: Dean of Admissions 
Phone: (434) 223-6120

Visit the Study in Virginia Website to find out what it is like to live and go to school in Virginia.

Visit the Study in the States Website to guide you through the process of becoming a student in the United States.

New International Students 

Welcome! We look forward to meeting you soon. We want to help you make a smooth transition to studying in the United States, so please do not hesitate to contact us with your questions.

Both the International Student Orientation and New Student Orientation are mandatory for all new International students. The International Student Orientation usually begins two days earlier than the orientation for all new students and is designed to address concerns specific to International students. During these two days, the College will provide you with important information about maintaining your visa status, campus employment oppotunities, and other issues related to living and studying at Hampden-Sydney College.

Travel Documents

Department of State, Visas
Questions about the visa process at Hampden-Sydney?

Contact the Director of Global Education:
Daniella Widdows
(434) 223-6311

Current International Students

You have joined an elite group of men to study at this highly-ranked institution. Founded in 1775, the College is rich in history and heritage and is the 10th oldest college in the United States. We hope that you enjoy your time here!  If you have any questions after reviewing the information on this website, please contact the director.

Frequently Asked Questions

Tuition and Other School Fees

Admissions Office 

Graham Hall, Second Floor 
Contact: Dean of Admissions 
Phone: (434) 223-6120

Business Office 
Cabell House 
Contact: Ms. Jessi Conwell, Student Accounts Manager
Phone: (434) 223-6223 

Financial Aid Office
Graham Hall
Contact: Zita Barree, Director of Financial Aid 
Phone: (434) 223-6265 

Legal Information

Information about F-1 Visas
I-20 forms will be issued to students wishing to apply for an F-1 visa and must remain current.

Mandatory Insurance
International students on non-immigrant visas (such as the F-1 visa) are required to purchase a  Mandatory International Plan offered by the College.  Students will be automatically enrolled in and billed for the College insurance.  To print out your UnitedHealthCare ID card, create an account on the First Student webpage (left side of page):

Maintaining your legal status while enrolled at Hampden-Sydney College

  • Students must maintain full-time enrollment with a minimum of 12 hours each semester; a reduced course load is permitted in special cases.  Contact the Office of Global Education for more information.
  • Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress.
  • Hold a valid I-20 form and passport at all times while in the U.S.

Travel outside of the United States and reentry

  • Obtain travel endorsement on I-20 from Office of Global Education before leaving the United States.
  • Obtain visa to destination country if necessary.
  • Have valid U.S. visa in passport at the time of re-entry.

Extension of stay

  • Students may obtain an extension if more time is needed to finish their program of study or start a new program.
  • Request an extension of your I-20 before your current I-20 expires.

Lost or Stolen Visas
It is important to contact your country's embassy immediately if you suspect that your passport has been lost or stolen.

Renewing Your Passport
An international passport can be renewed in the U.S. through the Embassy of your country of citizenship.

Working while a student
As a student in the U.S. on an F-1 visa, students may not work on campus more than 20 hours a week when college is in session.  To work on campus students must obtain a social security number.  Students with F-1 visas are not allowed to work off campus.

Where to look for on-campus job openings

Documents Required for Employment

  • Employment application (available from Human Resources Office)
  • Social Security card (see Human Resources Office for procedures)
  • I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification (distributed by Human Resources)
  • W-4 Tax Withholding Certificate (distributed by Human Resources)
  • State Tax Withholding Certificate (distributed by Human Resources)
  • I-94 Card
  • SEVIS I-20
  • Passport

Other Useful Information

Help with Rhetoric/English
Contact Dr. Schooling
(434) 223-7150

Last updated: June 18, 2020

As an international student you get a proper introduction among a very intimate community of people. Being in the countryside of Virginia feels like a real American experience.

Henrik Rasmussen ’03