Do I have to attend International PASSPORT?
Students with citizenship outside of the U.S. or Canada and are here on student visas must attend International PASSPORT. It is optional for permanent residents or U.S. or Canadian citizens who have lived abroad for much of their lives.
If you are American/Canadian and identify strongly with non-American culture, the International PASSPORT is suggested for you. There are several workshops on culture adaptation and more help given for setting up for life here in the U.S.
However, if you are American/Canadian and are quite comfortable with the American culture and would like the opportunity to meet other students like you, then PASSPORT III might be good choice. There is an evening where you can meet with other "third culture students," and then meet all the new international students.
How do I register?
Register online using your applicant status page.
When should I arrive?
We ask that you please plan to arrive on campus on Friday, August 23. This is when you will move into your permanent residence. There are several important orientation sessions scheduled for the next day, such as setting up your banking. This will give you plenty of time to get settled in before PASSPORT begins.
We ask that you do not arrive before Friday, August 23, as there will NOT be housing available before this time. Also, please do not arrive after 8 a.m. on Saturday.
If you do want to arrive early, you will need to make your own arrangements for accommodations.
During PASSPORT, meals will be provided in the Dining Hall or by outside vendors.
How do I get to Calvin?
If you are arriving at the airport (Gerald R. Ford International), train station, or bus station in Grand Rapids (only), Calvin will make arrangements to pick you up. Please complete the travel arrival form. When you get to campus, please come to the Knollcrest Circle for registration.
When do I find out who my roommate is?
If you submitted your housing form before May 1, you will find out your roommate in July. Those who applied after May 1 will receive notice in August. For questions, please contact the housing office at email@example.com or (616) 526-6120.
Can my parents or siblings attend International PASSPORT?
Yes, they are welcome to accompany you! Parents follow their own schedule, which includes special workshops and presentations designed just for them. We have parent programs on August 24, but they are very casual. None of the parent programs are mandatory; many parents come and go as their schedule allows.
For siblings, there are no specific events designed for them.
Please do remember, only two family members are included in the orientation fee. There is an additional $50 fee for each additional family member.
Where will my parents stay?
Parents are invited to stay in the Prince Conference Center during their time at Calvin, as we do not make housing accommodations for them; there is a special rate for parents .
Please call the Prince Conference Center (they are open 24 hours), and let them know you are coming for International PASSPORT as a family member of an incoming student.
There are other lodging options available near campus with limited public transportation options, too.
When do events for PASSPORT end, and when do classes begin?
International PASSPORT ends on Thursday, August 29 at 5 p.m.
Classes begin on Tuesday, September 3.
If you would like to shop, there will be an opportunity on Saturday, August 24 for students and parents to visit a local grocery and home essentials store where you can find supplies for your dorm and classes.
Can I send a package of my belongings before arriving on campus?
Yes you can. Even if you don’t know your residence hall assignment, you can send packages to Calvin, and we will forward it to your dorm address. Address packages as follows:
3201 Burton Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
United States of America
What will I do during International PASSPORT?
A sample schedule of events is available to give you an idea of what to expect: Sample Schedule.
How do I register for classes?
You will meet with an academic advisor who will assist you in reviewing a list of classes for the fall semester. After this meeting, the Center for Student Success will create your fall semester schedule.
If you wish to audition for a music group, please complete the music auditions portion on the registration form, and we will schedule an audition for you!
How can I pay my tuition fees?
You can make payments in the Financial Services Office (Spoelhof Center) when you arrive on campus. Online payments can also be submitted.
Who can I contact if I have more questions?
Program Coordinator of International Student Development