As the international student adviser, Ms. Patton coordinates support services for international students and promotes international awareness and understanding on the campus in a variety of ways. Her office commits to ease transitions from one cultural experience to another and helps international students to secure the most benefits from their Connecticut College experience.
The international student adviser gives guidance with visa, transportation, finance, employment, healthcare, housing, and other situations unique to international students. The adviser works actively with faculty concerning progress or difficulties for students adjusting to a new academic setting and cultural environment. She also serves as the faculty adviser to ATLAS (the all-campus international club), new student orientation programs, the international student newsletter and the Cricket Club.
International student support services include:
- Pre-departure details and first-arrival planning
- Information and assistance on immigration policies and regulations
- New student orientation programs
- First-year students arrive several days before classes in the fall for Orientation.
- International students are invited to arrive before Orientation for a special program called "Odyssey" that gives them the opportunity to learn more about the curriculum, grading system and student life.
- International student handbook
- International advisers. Each new international student is assigned an adviser, an older international student (frequently from the same country) who can help with adjustment to life in the U.S. and Connecticut College.
- Housing arrangements: Connecticut College's academic year is divided into two semesters with a long break between mid-December and mid-January. Residence houses close for winter break and again for two weeks' spring break during March. International students should make arrangements to stay during those periods or find a host family, since there is a modest fee to stay on campus. Summer housing is also available for a small fee.
- Cross-cultural programming
- Optional practical and curricular training