Every semester, Gordon College welcomes new students from all around the world. Currently, over 50 nations are represented at Gordon College!
Whether you are an American living abroad, a foreign citizen living in the States already, or a foreign citizen living abroad, your admissions counselor will help you navigate the process of applying to Gordon College as a freshman or transfer student. We look forward to welcoming you here!
Gordon’s devoted faculty and staff and its active student organizations provide crucial support for students transitioning into an education in the USA. Whether you require help with paperwork or simply want to enjoy fellowship with other international students, you will find a supportive network of caring peers and mentors on your Gordon journey.
F-1 Student Visa Process
If you are a foreign citizen, you may need an F-1 Student Visa to study in the United States. We are here to help you through the visa process, from start to finish.
Before joining the rest of Gordon’s incoming first-years for General New Student Orientation, international students and U.S. citizens living abroad are invited to attend a few days of International Orientation. This event provides a wonderful opportunity for you to get to know your class of incoming international students, to network with upperclassmen and faculty from abroad, and to get settled (and over jet lag!) before the rest of the first-year class arrives. Please note that F-1 Visa students are required by the US government to attend International Orientation.
International Student Advising and International Faculty Members
At Gordon, we have several staff members devoted to international students. These include several admissions counselors and several staff members that advise international students from the time you first decide to apply to Gordon to the time you graduate!
Gordon also boasts a faculty that hails from all around the globe. At this year’s “International Faculty Welcome Luncheon” for new international students, the incoming class got to meet faculty members from Brazil, the Philippines, Australia, South Korea, Ghana, and many other countries as well. The personal stories of Gordon’s faculty are as diverse as their academic and professional interests, and they are excited to engage students in their research and scholarship. Faculty members are unified by their faith in Christ and desire to see students grow intellectually and spiritually.
International Student Organization
The purpose of the International Students Organization (ISO) is to meet the spiritual, practical, and emotional needs of the international students by creating opportunities for fellowship and intentional relationship building. ISO also seeks to connect and enhance appreciation for different cultures within the Gordon College community.
Other International Clubs
In addition to the International Student Organization (ISO), there are several other student clubs on campus that are popular resources among the international students at Gordon College. For example, ALANA (Asian, Latino, African, and Native Americans) supports international students by hosting events and promoting diversity awareness on campus. Another example: Third Culture Kid's group (TCKs) specifically meets the needs of MK/TCKs through fellowship with one another and support for the transition back to life in America.
The safety of our students is Gordon’s top priority. Located in the historically low-crime town of Wenham and staffed by highly trained campus police officers, Gordon’s alcohol and substance-free campus has long been a place where students can enjoy a secure, wholesome learning environment even as they benefit from the resources and opportunities afforded by an education in Boston’s backyard.
Gordon strives to provide students with healthy and satisfying food choices. Gordon College has on-campus meals for all international students, as part of our comprehensive student care. Students are guaranteed meals for all four years, and the cost of meals is included in the general bill from Student Financial Services.
Gordon College provides on-campus housing for all international students, as part of our vibrant residence life. Students are guaranteed housing for all four years, and the cost of housing is included in the general bill from Student Financial Services. Gordon College is committed to the residential college experience. We believe that living in community in a residence hall can be one of the most transformative aspects of your college experience. You have the opportunity to develop relationships, learn from those who are different from you and integrate your faith and what you are learning in the classroom with your everyday experiences.