Welcome, International Students!

Hollins University looks forward to welcoming our accepted international students soon. As an F-1 student, you’ll have access to all the resources offered by a world-class liberal arts institution, including cultural programming, internships and study abroad opportunities. While you’re completing your degree, you’ll work with a variety of departments and advisors on campus to make the most of your time here at Hollins.

Below, you’ll find an outline of what you can expect to accomplish during your four years at Hollins University, as well as the contact information for the people who will guide you along the way.

There’s a lot to do before you start your program at Hollins! Newly-accepted international students will work with the Cultural and Community Engagement office to prepare for their first semester, plan their travel to Roanoke, and attend the International Student Orientation Program (ISOP).

Here is your Four-Year Plan while at Hollins:


  • Participate in the International Student Orientation Program (ISOP) with upper-class peer mentors and staff across the university
  • Join A.C.C.E.N.T. (Association of Countries, Cultures, Events, and National Traditions)
  • Start a new club with a friend
  • Apply to be an ISOP peer mentor for your sophomore year

Sophomore Year

  • Participate in an internship
  • Attend Career Center Workshops, including a few designed specifically for international students
  • Engage in research with a faculty member
  • Explore study abroad options with Global Learning Hub advisors
  • Apply to be a peer mentor for the ISOP for your junior year
  • Declare your academic major(s)

Junior Year

  • Engage in research with a faculty member
  • Study abroad
  • Pursue summer internship or career-related employment
  • Apply to be a peer mentor for the ISOP for your senior year

Senior Year

  • Complete an internship
  • Write a thesis (if desired/required by your major)
  • Learn about post-graduation employment and how to apply for Optional Practical Training
  • Join a professional organization in your field
  • Build your personal and alumnae network for career mentoring and job searching
  • Prepare resume/cover letters and social media profiles as needed for job applications
  • Apply to graduate/professional school
  • Appreciate who you have become at Hollins and enjoy your final year here!

International Student FAQ

Have a question we haven’t answered? Please review the glossary of terms you’ll encounter as an F-1 student, then check our FAQs for the most common questions and answers about the international student experience at Hollins.

Below is just a small sampling of the FAQ for International students. To view the full list, click the VIEW ALL FAQ link below and select “International Student” from the Audience options.

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  • Are there any shops or markets nearby I can go to myself?

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    There is a Kroger supermarket and a CVS pharmacy within walking distance. There is also a shuttle service available.

  • Besides the cost of attendance, what other expenses do students have?

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    Other expenses include but are not limited to, textbooks and other school supplies, personal items and leisure activity spending.

  • Can I apply for a U.S. driver’s license?

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    Yes. Students who wish to obtain a U.S. driver’s license must apply at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). You will need to bring:

    • a valid passport
    • I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility)
    • I-94 (Arrival/Departure Record)
    • Social Security card, if applicable
    • Two proofs of Virginia residency
      • Typically, an official transcript and documentation of your dorm assignment

    For more information regarding required documentation, please see the official DMV guidance.

    Most students are required to take a written test of Virginia road rules and an in-car driving test. Canadian, French, German and Korean citizens are often exempt. Driver’s licenses are issued at the discretion of the Virginia DMV.

  • Can I do internships during my four years at Hollins?

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    Many international students work internships during the summer break and January term.

    Students who receive internships can apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) through the Global Learning Hub. The internship must be done for academic credit to qualify for CPT.

  • Can I Have a Car on Campus?

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    All students can bring a car to campus – even first-year students! Vehicle registration is required with our Department of Campus Security, and each student is assigned to park in one of the designated student lots on campus, which are conveniently located near most residence halls. All residential students who choose to keep a car on campus pay a $75 annual fee.

  • Can I set up my own U.S. bank account?

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    You will be given the opportunity to set up your bank account with Truist Bank during the ISOP orientation.

The Global Learning Hub at Hollins University is responsible for assisting international students with their visa application process and with understanding the regulations and requirements they must follow once in the U.S.

International students have a number of work opportunities available at Hollins University, whether they’re applying for on-campus jobs, internships or post-graduation employment.


For questions about applying to Hollins University, contact:

Kelly Farber
Assistant Director of International Recruitment and Event Coordinator

International Student Information

For questions about orientation, maintaining visa status, and any other visa/immigration questions, contact:

Ramona R. Kirsch
Director, Global Learning Hub

Internships and Career Planning

For questions about internships and career planning, contact:

or visit our Career Development and Life Design page.

Graduate Programs

For questions about Hollins University’s graduate programs for international students, contact:

Cathy Koon
Manager, Graduate Programs