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Campus1Welcome to Earlham College! This webpage is for all incoming Earlham students who identify as international students: the Center for Global and Career Education (CGCE) is here to assist you in your preparation to come to Earlham College. On this page, we hope to provide information that might be of special interest for incoming international students. Please feel free to check this page periodically for new information about Earlham, Richmond, new experiences and more.

Have questions? Email an International Student Adviser


Campus2New Student Orientation (NSO) for all incoming Earlham Students will begin soon! We hope you are looking forward to this as much as we are. There are many exciting things to learn, people to meet, classes to take, and things to do. Please take a moment to read through the various messages and follow the links as needed:

  1. Arriving at Earlham: Students arriving from overseas are invited to come to campus on Thursday, August 13th or Friday, August 14th so that you have time to get settled in to your campus dorm room and to get rested before NSO begins on Saturday.
  2. Things to do before you arrive: Earlham's Confirmed Student Portal is available to help you prepare for NSO and your academic career at Earlham. Please explore the site to make sure you have completed the steps to prepare for your arrival.
  3. Visa Questions: Please continue to be in touch with an International Student Adviser if you have questions about your visa, visa application, SEVIS fees, I-20 and other travel or visa related issues.
  4. Emergency Phone Number: If you have an emergency during your travels to Earlham College, please contact Earlham's Public Safety office by calling 765-983-1400.

The Center for Global and Career Education (CGCE) includes services for international students and for off-campus study programs. Safia, Ali, Candice, and Melissa work closely with international students; get to know them below!

 Safia Safia Diarra is a graduate of Earlham College and works in the Center for Global and Career Education as an International Student Adviser and English Language instructor.
 Edingal Ali Edington has been an International Student and J-1 Scholar Adviser at Earlham College since 2006. Ali has lived in Mexico, Australia and Japan (and has made her share of cultural faux pas!!)  She became an International Student Adviser because her international experiences changed her life and she loves to be a part of that transition and excitement in others' lives.
 Candice Candice Marshall has been with the CGCE as an International Student Adviser and English as a Second Language Instructor since August 2014.  In addition to teaching and advising, she helps coordinate and run activities during the semester and over breaks.
 Melissa Melissa Cox is the Administrative Assistant in the CGCE and often assists international students, Earlham student groups, students preparing to go abroad, and much more.
The Center for Global and Career Education (CGCE)


The CGCE is in the Landrum Bolling Center (LBC)


There are many interesting places within walking distance of the Earlham Campus. Explore this Google Map showing selected locations within walking distance; once in the map you can click on the blue pins to get more information about each location.

Make sure to check out the Pal-Item, City of Richmond and Wayne County events calendars to learn about fun events & festivals happening in Richmond!

The Olde Richmond Inn


Firehouse BBQ


Roscoe's Coffee Bar & Tap Room


The Richmond Civic Theater


Earlham has varied options for students who are interested in playing sports. The time-commitment depends on the sport you play and the level at which you decide to play it. Below is an introduction to the four levels of sports participation at Earlham College.

PickupPick-up Sports

Pick-up sports are the most casual and least organized. It usually consists of a group of students gathering to play a sport using the College's indoor or outdoor facilities. Students of any skill level can participate: from people who have never played that sport to people who have been playing all of their life, pick-up sports are for everyone! Common pick-up sports at Earlham include soccer, basketball, Frisbee, and cricket.

Intramural/Recreational Sports

Intramural, or Recreational sports are organized by the Director of Recreational Sports and usually include a regular season with a playoff series to determine that sport's champion for the year or semester. Team captains gather a team (and choose a ridiculous name) and register to play that season. Intramural sports are more competitive but still open to students of all skill levels.

Club Sports

Club sports receive some financial support from Earlham College and have Faculty Advisers to help the student conveners who organize the teams. Club teams may or may not play teams from other schools, but they will hold regular practices that team members are expected to attend fairly regularly. A club sport is a great opportunity to be on an established team and experience a higher level of competition than intramural or pick-up sports may offer.

BasketballVarsity Sports

Varsity sports are offer the highest level of competition and are financially supported by Earlham College. Each team has a Head Coach as well as one or more Assistant Coaches. Athletes who join varsity teams are expected to practice at least five days a week during the sport's season and are expected to attend all team functions. Joining a varsity team means representing Earlham College as you play teams from other college. It is a significant time-commitment but a wonderful way to experience a high level of play and competition.

Campus3Public Safety Shuttle
Public Safety provides free transportation throughout Richmond for Earlham students with ID. The Public Safety Shuttle operates during the school year on a specific route making stops at numerous popular locations throughout Richmond.

Community Engagement Shuttle
If you are doing service or volunteer work, you can use the Community Engagement Shuttle to get to your organization.

Getting a driver's license
If you do not have a driver's license, you can obtain one once you arrive to Richmond. For more information visit the Bureau of Motor Vehicles website.


Check out a bike through the Public Safety Bike Share or buy one:

  • EZ Pawn: Pawn shop where you can buy used items
  • Ike’s Bikes: Bicycle shop where you can buy new or used bicycles

The Center for Global and Career Education coordinates activities for students who remain on campus for school breaks, and we love doing them! Visit the CGCE Activities page for pictures and more information about what we have done in the past.


Earlham students at a Cincinnati Reds baseball game


Cell phones have become almost a necessity for students across the globe as the main way to communicate with one another and with family. Cell phone providers and plans in the United States may be working differently than in other countries.

Due to the large number of providers and plans, it is recommended that you research several options and speak to current students before making a final decision. There are two main types of cell phone plan options. :

  • monthly plans with a contract
  • prepaid plans

Cell Phone Plan Options

Two-Year Contracts

These are the most common contracts in the U.S. Contract plans offer lower monthly rates and very low prices on new phones compared to prepaid plans. Typically, the best prices are offered to customers who sign two-year contracts for cell phone service. While the rates are lower, terminating a contract early requires the customer to pay a large penalty. To qualify for a contract plan, a cell phone provider will generally review the applicant’s credit history. Since new international students do not have Social Security numbers or credit history in the United States, they typically require a security deposit which could be $400-$500.  As with any contract, please ensure that you understand all requirements and charges before signing it.

  • Most cell phone companies charge for all calls, outgoing AND incoming, though many have free calling within their network.
  • If you don’t have a U.S. Social Security Number, expect to pay a deposit (the deposit should be returned at the end of the contract)
  • For most companies, you must have a compatible phone. Ask specifically if you want to use one you currently have        
  • Once a contract is signed, you will be obligated to pay for the entire contract period. Expect to pay a high fee if you break a contract. Contracts generally last 1-2 years. As such, we do not recommend students enter into family plans with other students.

Prepaid Plans

Prepaid plans are easier for new international students to obtain because they do not require a Social Security number and/or a credit history check. These “pay-as-you-go” plans use the same cell phone networks and offer the same services as contract plans do, but usually at higher rates. Advantages of these plans include no long-term contracts, security deposits, or penalties for cancellation.

  • If you intend to make calls to or from outside of the U.S., ensure this is possible with your specific plan.
  • "Month-to-month" subscriptions or “add minutes as you go.”
  • No deposit required and costs may be lower than major providers.
  • Cheaper phones– generally basic features such as SMS and calling.

Major Providers

When subscribing, ask the representative about their student discount program as well as international calling plans.

Verizon Wireless -
T-Mobile -
Sprint -
Virgin Mobile:

Prepaid Providers
Net10 -
Straight talk
AT&T GoPhone -
TracFone -
US Mobile -

Additional Tips:

  • Most cell phone companies charge for all calls, outgoing AND incoming, though many have free calling within their network.
  • Some plans give you a set number of minutes per month. Overage minutes are charged at a much higher rate. Check your plan to see if weekend and nighttime minutes are free.
  • Text messaging (SMS) typically carries an additional charge if not included in a plan. Ask about adding texting to your plan, as well as for any special international calling plans.
  • Check with each cell phone carrier about coverage areas and reception. With some carriers, you have better coverage over a larger area than others.
  • Some cell phone companies sell only cell phones that work in their network. For example, the iPhone® can only be used on AT&T and Verizon networks.
  • If you are planning to get a contract, once the contract is signed, you will be required to pay for the entire length of the contract.  If you leave your contract before your contract period ends, you will be expected to pay a high fee. If you pay a deposit and then break your contract, you may not be able to get your deposit back.
  • Some cell phone companies may ask for a proof of your address if you are signing up for a contract. This includes a letter or a utility bill that has been mailed to where you are currently living in the U.S.
  • You will be able to obtain a proof of residency letter from the Office of Residence Life.


SagaAll first year students have a 19-meals per week meal plan for at least the first semester.  The dining hall is a great place to come together with new friends to share a meal and relax. The dining hall (called Saga by students) offers a variety of options designed for health- and taste-conscious students.  If you are on the run and do not have time to eat in the dining hall you can grab a meal to go.

Earlham College's food service provider, Metz Culinary Management seeks to build relationships with local farmers, regional brands, state agricultural associations, and other organizations to provide the freshest ingredients, including a Farm-to-Fork program. For more information visit Metz Culinary Management website.

Eating in the Dining Hall

The dining hall is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner on weekdays and for brunch and dinner on the weekends. When entering the dining hall you will swipe your Earlham ID card to use one meal for that visit; a student on a 19 meal plan can go to the dining hall for every meal each week. After finding food you can sit anywhere you would like: there are big and small tables, and bigger and smaller rooms depending on where you would like to sit each meal. There are a variety of food options in different areas of the dining hall which helps add variety to meals and diet.

Purchasing Food

Each residence hall has at least one kitchen where you will have space to prepare food for yourself. There is also a grocery store about is a 5 minute walk from campus.


Click on the Richmond, IN tab to learn more about restaurants within walking distance of Earlham College.

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Richmond, Indiana
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