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International Student Office

Bulletin Board

PLANNING FOR the 2016-2017 School Year

Please view and print the 2016-2017 calendar

WELCOME CLASS OF 2020 and new members of the CLASS OF 2019!

I look forward to meeting you all during International Orientation in August.  International families should plan to arrive in the area on August 25, 2016 to participate in International Orientation activities on August 26th and 27th.

I have made a block reservation at Comfort Inn & Suites, a small hotel about 15 minutes from Woodberry, under the name WFS International.  If you would like to take advantage of this reservation, please book rooms as soon as possible; the cutoff date is July 25, 2016.  Below find the contact information for Comfort Inn and other local hotels:

Comfort Inn & Suites of Orange, VA
334 Caroline Street
Orange, VA 22960
(540) 672-3121
Block name: WFS International
Reservation cutoff: July 25, 2016

Holiday Inn Express of Orange, VA
750 Round Hill Drive
Orange, VA 22960
(540) 672-6691
No block reservation has been made

Hotels can also be found in nearby Culpeper, VA; about 20-30 minutes from Woodberry.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions!  Below you will find my contact details, information pertaining to the F-1 Student Visa process, and general travel information and cultural information for international students.  Again, feel free to email me any time--no question is too small!

Armina Manning
Director
International Student Office
isc.wfs@woodberry.org
Phone: (540) 672-6047
Fax:     (540) 661-4033

PROCEDURES TO OBTAIN F1 STUDENT VISA
 
Welcome to the Woodberry Family. We are delighted you will be joining us. Permission to study in the United States is granted by the office of US Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE).
 
The process is relatively easy. Please follow the links below to download the necessary forms to send back via email: isc.wfs@woodberry.org
 
There are links to the Study in the States website. The Student and Exchange Visitor Program that monitors all international students in the United States, maintain this site. You should find answers to all your immigration questions here.
 
STEP ONE
 
Once accepted at Woodberry Forest School, please finish the online enrollment form. Once this is completed, the Admissions office will notify me. I will contact you to start the application process for your son’s Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20). You will need this form to apply for the actual F1 Visa.
 
STEP TWO
 
 
Please send a scanned copy of the following:
  1. Information page of your son’s passport
  2. Personal Employment and Income Certificate
  3. Completed International Sevis Verification Form
Once these documents are received, reviewed, and approved, then we will issue the Certificate of Eligibility (form I-20) for your son. It will be sent to you by courier service.
 
STEP THREE
 
Once you have the Certificate of Eligibility, you should then visit the Study in the States site for directions on how to proceed. Just follow the links provided.
 
 

MAGNUS HEALTH SYSTEM QUESTIONS:

All International Students are REQUIRED to purchase the school's medical insurance. Please call Mrs. Firman, 540-672-6017 if you have any questions.

IMPORTANT PLEASE
READ:
In an attempt to combat child abduction several countries are passing new laws in regards to the travel of UNACCOMPANIED MINOR CHILDREN. In many cases not only is a certified letter from BOTH parents required but several countries are requiring Governmental approval as well. I would suggest that all parents of boys under the age of 18 check to see if the laws have or will be changing.

The 2016-2017 Transportation Manual is available through the link on the right. Please print and refer to it for information on all school breaks and vacations. Please make sure your son's travel arrangements correspond to the schedules provided in the manual. 

General information for all students:
Here is the rule concerning leaving or returning from a vacation:
 
You son may not leave campus or return to campus on any date other than the published date UNLESS YOU HAVE RECEIVED WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM THE DEAN OF STUDENTS.
 
DO NOT MAKE TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS WITHOUT FIRST OBTAINING THIS PERMISSION.
 
Please DO NOT book your son's flight earlier than 5 hours after the school scheduled departure time. The  travel time to the airport can be up to 2 hours (3 to BWI airport) and it is strongly advised that your son arrive 3 hours before his international flight.

IMPORTANT TRAVEL INFORMATION:
If your son is traveling to or from the following Countries: Japan, South Korea, China or Vietnam and there is a flight connection in JAPAN OR CANADA, then your son must have a Transit Visa to enter these countries to make his connecting flight. Please be sure to ask when you make the plane reservations.

Here is the link to the Canadian Government web site:http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/index.asp

Here is the link for the Japanese Visa office:http://www.visahq.com/visas.php

If your son's vacation plans involve travel outside the United States but not to his home country, HE WILL NEED A VISA for the country he is going to.  This includes Canada and Mexico. As a holder of a F-1 student visa, the process is more complicated and may take more time. As soon as you know of his plans, please let me know, and I will help walk you through the process. Please note this process might take as long as 3 months before the Visa is granted.

HONOR, HONORABLE AND WHAT IS A WOODBERRY BOY?
 
At Woodberry Forest School, the understanding of the true meaning of the words Honor and Honorable are essential. Honor and being honorable is what every member of the Woodberry Community strives to uphold. Please look over the following links. They should help you begin to understand two major precepts of Woodberry Forest School.
 
 

Helpful Forms

Adjusting to Campus Life
Culture Shock, Adjusting and Coping

Academic Life and Classroom Culture
Academic Life Adjustments


Learning about American Life
Etiquette in America
Dining out, tipping, etc

American Culture and Values


School Forms and Documents

Summer Reading Program

New Boy Packet-find out about what to bring, technology requirements, travel and all the things you'll need to get your year off to a good start. 





Woodberry Forest School

Woodberry Forest, VA 22989   Phone: 540-672-3900
Woodberry Forest admits students of any race, color, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief, and national or ethnic origin to all of the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs. The school is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students.