Prepare Yourself

Now that you’ve decided to study at Merrimack, here is some information to help you prepare.


When is Orientation?
International Student Orientation begins on Wednesday August 29, 2018. Please plan to arrive on or by this date.

Travel Arrangements

When should I arrive at Logan Airport?
If you are joining us for the fall 2018 semester, please arrive at Boston Logan International Airport on Wednesday, Aug. 29, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., so you can participate in our international student orientation.

Will someone pick me up at the airport?
Yes, a Merrimack College representative is available to pick you up at Logan Airport on Wednesday, Aug. 29, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.  Please share your flight information and arrival time with us as soon as possible. You must complete the arrival form on MackTasks.


When will my bill be available?
Fall semester bills will be available in early July. Bill payment is due August 8. If you would like to pay via wire transfer, please use Flywire. If you have bill and payment questions, contact the Bursar’s Office or 978-837-5105.

What You’ll Need 

What do I need when traveling to the United States?

  • Passport
  • Valid student visa (Canadian citizens will receive a visa upon entering the U.S.)
  • Form I-20
  • Your acceptance letter from Merrimack College

Most international students will need to apply for the F1 student visa. In order to do so you will need to provide a declaration of finances form as well as a notarized bank letter. Merrimack will then provide you with your I-20, which you will use to schedule an appointment with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your country. Click for instructions to complete I-20 requirements

Maintaining Your Status

How do I maintain my status as an international student studying in the U.S.?
Homeland Security’s Guide to Studying in the United States

Health Insurance

Am I eligible for health insurance?
As an international student, you are automatically enrolled in the Merrimack College Student Health Insurance Plan.

Check it out

Prepared by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Guide to Studying in the States reviews specific rules that international students studying in the United States must follow.