Frequently Asked Questions

International Students and Scholars Guide to Marietta College

The following Q & A listing is a result of issues commonly brought up by international students and scholars. Please note that additional resources on the College site include A to Z Index, Student Resources and the Residence Life page under "Whom do I ask contact for . . .?"

 

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What services are there on campus for international students?

How can I contact the Office of Education Abroad?

How can I contact the Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI)?

What will happen when I first arrive at Marietta College?

Where do I get information about applying to Marietta College?

What should I do before arriving at Marietta College?

How can my parents wire-transfer money to my student account or my bank account?

How can I understand the American banking system?

What if I have health or safety emergencies while in Marietta?

How can I send international mail?

If I would like to invite a family member to the U.S., what should I do?

How do I use the telephone system on campus?

How can I purchase airline tickets?

Does Marietta College provide summer storage?

What should I do before leaving the United States for vacation?

What should I do if I am leaving the U.S. and I do not plan to return?

 

What services are there on campus for international students?

Office of Education Abroad: immigration regulation, document management: change of major, minor, graduation dates (for immigration), approval of status change, work authorization, tax information, academic support and social security information—Thomas Hall main floor

Office of Diversity and Inclusion: international student orientation, housing, transportation shuttles, insurance, social and cultural adjustment issues, banking questions, health emergencies, general non-academic issues—Andrews Hall 1st floor

Mail room: location of your campus mailbox and where to send domestic and international packages—Gilman Center

Academic Resource Center: for tutoring and academic support—Andrews Hall 3rd floor

Career Center: information on resumes, cover letters and job search/internship process—Gilman Center

Records Office: transcript request, registration of classes, forms for academic issues

 

How can I contact the Office of Education Abroad?

The Office of Education Abroad is located in Thomas Hall, Room 214 on the Marietta College campus, 215 Fifth Street, Marietta, Ohio 45750, USA.

Phone: (001) (740) 376-4708; Fax: (001) (740) 376-4919
E-mail: christy.burke@marietta.edu
Web: http://www.marietta.edu/departments/Education_Abroad/

How can I contact the Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI)?

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI) is located in Andrews Hall, Room 114 on the Marietta College campus, 215 Fifth Street, Marietta, Ohio 45750, USA.

Provide service to help international students to making a successful transition to life in the United States and Marietta College. Programs and services offered including but not limited to International Student Orientation, arrival and shuttle service, insurance, Mentor Family Program, Conversation Tutoring Program, Cross-Cultural Peer Mentoring Program, Lunar New Year Celebration. These programs helps to facilitate interaction across cultures and providing support and guidance during transition for international students.

Phone: (001) (740) 376-4505; Fax: (001) (740) 376-4420
Email: xiaotian.li@marietta.edu

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What will happen when I first arrive at Marietta College?

All international students are required to attend the International Student Orientation (ISO). This orientation takes place one week before freshman orientation. ISO covers many topics including, U.S. educational system, immigration regulation, employment opportunities on campus.

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Where do I get information about applying to Marietta College?

Consult the international admission web page: http://www.marietta.edu/Admission/apply/international_students.html

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What should I do before arriving at Marietta College?

Consult the Pre-Arrival Checklist available on the international admission web page: http://www.marietta.edu/Admission/apply/pre_arrival_checklist.html

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How can my parents wire-transfer money to my student account or my bank account?

At Marietta College you can speak with the student accounts manager or cashier in the Business Office, Irvine Hall. For information about your personal account, you'll need the bank name, address, phone number, your account number and a bank routing number. Anyone at the bank will help you.

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How can I understand the American banking system?

During Orientation, the Orientation Leaders and Office of International Program staff will escort you to the local bank in order to set up an account. You must speak with the Director of International Programs and/or the Assistant Director of International Programs before opening an account. Some banks require additional letters indicating your status as a student at Marietta College.

  • Checking Account: money in the checking account can be used freely. There is no fixed term. You can use the money by writing checks or by using a debit card (see below).
  • Savings Account: money cannot be spent freely until transferred into a checking account. Savings accounts usually have a higher interest rate than checking accounts.
  • Certificate of Deposit (CD) Account: money that you do not plan to spend in the near future can be deposited into a Certificate of Deposit (CD). CD accounts usually have a higher interest than savings accounts, but require you to sign up for a fixed term contract. During the period of the term, you cannot use the money.
  • Checks Drawn on Foreign Banks: If you deposit a check drawn on a foreign bank into your U.S. bank account, it may take several weeks before the money is credited to your account. A faster method: have the money wire-transferred to your U.S. account.
  • Debit Cards: Debit cards are issued by your bank and can be used to make payments at locations, which accept credit cards. Unlike credit cards, the money is taken directly out of your checking account.
  • Credit Cards: Credit cards allow you to make purchases without cash or checks. You pay the credit card company monthly for "borrowing" the money. You are charged interest for any amount not paid back that month. If you do not pay the bill in full each month you could build up considerable debt. Tip: shop around for cards with the lowest interest rates and stay within your budget.
  • Cashing Checks: You may be asked to show some form of Identification when you make a purchase with a check or get cash at your bank from a check. Primary acceptable forms of ID include a passport, U.S. state ID card or a driver's license.

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What if I have health or safety emergencies while in Marietta?

1a. On-campus, call Campus Police (CPS) at (740) 376-3333

1b. Off-campus, call 9-1-1 or the Marietta Police at (740) 373-4141

2. Inform the international student advisor as soon as possible. For information about Campus Police and escort services: www.marietta.edu/police

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How can I send international mail?

The Marietta College mailroom sells postage stamps and handles every kind of mail service you could need, including international mail, mailing and receiving packages, and express mail such as Federal Express and DHL. The mailroom is centrally located in Gilman Hall.

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If I would like to invite a family member to the U.S., what should I do?

Instructions for requesting a formal invitation letter and tips for making arrangements are found at "Inviting Someone to Visit."

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How do I use the telephone system on campus?

Each office and residence hall room on campus has a phone number. Each individual in the room also has a personal voicemail box.

On campus, the last four digits of every phone number is called the "extension" and is commonly all that anyone will tell you when you ask for their number. This is because the first six digits for all campus phones are (740) 376- _ _ _ _. An example: the OIP phone number is (740) 376-4708.

If you are on-campus and dialing another number on-campus, you dial only the extension (last four digits), 4708.

If you are in the city of Marietta and want to make a local call to the office, dial 376-4708 (no area code needed).

If you are calling the OIP from outside the city of Marietta, you will dial 1-740-376-4708. If you are on-campus and making a local call off-campus, dial 9 first, and then the rest of the number, example: 9-370-0000.

If you wish to dial long distance from campus or anywhere, you will need to buy a phone card.

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How can I purchase airline tickets?

There are many web sites you can visit to reserve airline tickets as well as hotels, rental cars, etc. as you travel in the U.S. or internationally.

Here are a few commonly used by students:

 

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Does Marietta College provide summer storage?

Marietta College does not provide students with summer storage space. However, there are many storage facilities near campus. The least expensive option for you is to share a storage space with several friends and split the cost.

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What should I do before leaving the United States for vacation?

  1. Consult the international student advisor. There may be visa regulations that limit the amount of time you can travel abroad.
  2. Have a DSO sign the travel page of your current I-20 or DS- 2019 (an RO/ARO signs)
  3. Request a letter of good standing from the international student advisor (optional)
  4. If you will need to renew your visa at home, request an academic transcript and/or record of registration for the following semester (if returning to Marietta College).

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What should I do if I am leaving the U.S. and I do not plan to return?

  1. Consult the Director of International Programs.
  2. Request an official copy of your academic transcript on the Records website.
  3. Close any bank accounts, pay all outstanding bills and cancel all credit cards and other accounts.
  4. Request a letter of good standing from the Director of International Programs (optional)
  5. File a change of address with the Marietta College Post Office and U.S. Post Office (if living off-campus), credit card and other companies. Ask about international mailing rates to send packages home.
  6. Obtain any updated medical or dental records to take home with you.

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What is a DSO and who are Marietta College's DSOs?

Am I required to buy health insurance? How does it work?

What if I want to change my major?

Can I work legally in the United States?

Am I required to pay and/or file taxes in the U.S.?

I changed my address. What should I do?

Can I travel to Canada while on a U.S. student visa? What if my visa is expired?

I plan to transfer from Marietta College. What must I do?

 

What is a DSO and who are Marietta College's DSOs?

DSO stands for Designated School Official. A DSO is required to work with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service Office to maintain records of every international student at Marietta College.

The primary DSO you will work with is the Director of Education Abroad. The following is a list of things you need a DSO's signature:

  • Letter of eligibility for Social Security number
  • Letter for Bureau of Motor Vehicles
  • Curricular Practical Training approval
  • Optional Practical Training application process
  • Travel signatures on I-20 or DS2019 documents
  • Edits to your I-20 including: change of major/minor, change of program end date, change of address

Please see Immigration Basics and Immigration Documents for more information about U.S. regulations for F-1 and J-1 students.

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Am I required to buy health insurance? How does it work?

International students at Marietta College must carry health insurance for the duration of their academic program. J-1 visa holders are required by the US Department of State to carry health insurance alternatively, be deemed out of legal status. Please contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion for more details.

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What if I want to change my major?

Your I-20 (legal document) indicates your major and minor. You are required to update any changes you have in your major with the Office of Education Abroad director. Additionally, you must complete the change of major form found in the Records Office.

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Can I work legally in the United States?

Visit the Employment section of the Office of Education Abroad website..

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Am I required to pay and/or file taxes in the U.S.?

All international students in the US are required to file their taxes with the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS), whether you are employed or not. In March, the Office of Education Abroad holds a tax day to assist with individual questions. All international students must declare the number of days spent in the US (form 8843). Students must mail their taxes through the campus post office before April 15 of each year.

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I changed my address. What should I do?

If you move to a new apartment or new room on campus, you must report address change to the Director of Education Abroad immediately. In order to remain in lawful status, students must report any address changes within 10 days of moving. Failure to report changes, even if on campus, could cause a student to fall out of status.

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Can I travel to Canada while on a U.S. student visa? What if my visa is expired?

Yes, you can travel to Canada as a visitor provided you return to the U.S. in less than 30 days but note that many countries are required to have a Canadian visa for entry. Many students travel to Canada during vacation because it is very close.

For more information or to download a visa application, visit http://www.canadianembassy.org/index2.asp

Tip: If you visit Canada and then leave directly from there to go to your home country, you must surrender your I-94 at the border when you enter Canada. Otherwise, you keep your I-94.

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I plan to transfer from Marietta College. What must I do?

  1. Consult your academic advisor before making a final decision.
  2. Notify the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and set an appointment with the DSO to arrange all immigration paperwork.
  3. Make certain the director of Education Abroad completes the SEVIS release form provided by your new school.
  4. Complete an exit interview with the Student Life Office, Andrews Hall, (740) 376-4708.
  5. Consult Student Accounts (Irvine, x4619) and the Records Office (Irvine, x4731) to ensure your account and academic file are in order.
  6. Leave a forwarding address with the campus mailroom
  7. Report your new address to the Director of Education Abroad.

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Will I have to take ESL classes?

What is . . .

plagiarism in the United States?

a liberal arts education?

an academic advisor?

 

Will I have to take ESL classes?

All international students take the ESL placement test during the International Student Orientation. The test consists of reading, writing and listening. The Director of ESL will conduct a 15-minute oral interview with each student.

Modern Language Department

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What is plagiarism in the United States?

Plagiarism is a very important topic for international students. In the U.S., students are not expected to work together on assignments unless the professor specifically tells them to work in groups. A student is expected to work alone on exams, homework and papers. A student who copies answers from another student or allows another student to write an assignment or exam for him is guilty of cheating.

In the U.S., it is necessary to give credit (cite) all sources of information in your written work. If a student gets some information from the internet or from a book, he or she must list details of that source in his paper.

If any phrases or sentences are used directly from the source, then there must be quotation marks around those words, and the source must be stated. If a student uses other sources of information and does not identify the source, then it is called plagiarism.

A student may get a failing grade on an assignment or a failing grade in a course if caught cheating or plagiarizing someone else's work. Students have even been expelled from Marietta College for repeated cases of plagiarism.

Tip: Students are encouraged to seek assistance in their academic assignments from the Academic Resource Center (Andrews Hall, 3rd floor) and the campus Writing Center (Thomas Hall, 2nd floor).

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What is a liberal arts education?

One of the College's Seven Core Values embraces the concept of liberal arts education. As a contemporary liberal arts college, Marietta reaffirms a liberal arts foundation as essential preparation for any career. Students will take a breadth of general education courses in the major areas of knowledge within the ever-changing liberal arts. This approach to teaching and learning stresses the development of critical thinking, problem solving, and effective communication skills.

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What is an academic advisor?

An academic advisor is a professor who works with you throughout your education at Marietta College . The academic advisor assists the student with registration of classes and other aspects of academic advising.

Prior to the third semester, the student is encouraged to select an advisor from their major field of study. Should you wish to change your academic advisor, you must follow the procedures as indicated in the Records Office and the Marietta College Undergraduate Program Catalog (PDF).

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