Life on CampusYour St. Norbert experience should be a rewarding one. As you settle in to the St. Norbert community, we have many resources available to meet your needs and address your questions.
If your questions aren’t answered here, please contact us.
- Advising and registration
- SNC ID number
- SNC email account
- Driving in Wisconsin
- Financial information
- Residence halls
Advising and Registration | Return to Top
Sarah Griffiths, the director of international student and scholar services, will advise you on course selection, graduation requirements and registration. When you’ve declared your major, you’ll have a professor in your chosen major who will also advise you on the specific requirements and considerations of your discipline, but Sarah will continue to be your adviser until you select a major and she is always a great resource.
St. Norbert College Student Identification Number | Return to Top
Your St. Norbert Identification (ID) number is your personal identification number that you will use to access:
- Knightline (the campus course selection, registration, finance and academic record system)
- Various on-campus services
- The finance department, to make payments on your tuition, living expenses and fees
Note: If you cannot remember or lose your identification number, contact the Sarah Griffiths in the Center for International Education.
Email Account | Return to Top
We will likely contact you through your personal St. Norbert College email address more than any other way. Be sure to activate your email account on the Information Technology Services website prior to arriving on campus. It is very important to do this even if you already have another email account. We’ll send you messages regarding immigration and federal regulations only to your St. Norbert email account. Please be sure to check your St. Norbert College email regularly, so as not to miss information that can affect your legal status in the U.S.
Driving in Wisconsin | Return to Top
If you plan to drive in Wisconsin, Sarah Griffiths will give you information during the International Student Orientation on requirements and instructions on how to proceed.
Financial Information | Return to Top
The first few weeks in a new community can be the most expensive period of your stay in the U.S. A number of items must be purchased at the start of the academic year, so it’s important that you carefully plan your budget. We recommend that you bring sufficient funds for immediate expenses. For your own protection, do not bring cash; bring traveler’s checks in U.S. dollars as they can be purchased at most banks around the world.
If you bring a bank draft from your country to open an account in a local bank, it can take 10-15 days before you can withdraw funds from that account, so don’t rely on a bank draft for immediate cash. If you have money wired directly from your home bank to a De Pere bank, you may draw upon it immediately after establishing an account.
We have an automatic teller machine (ATM) on campus, with several more throughout the community. You may be able to use your own bank card in these ATMs, but we recommend that you check with your home bank to learn about the possibility of additional charges.
Residence Halls | Return to Top
Your residence hall is your home, so we’ve provided a number of amenities to make life easier:
- Laundry facilities
- Cable-ready hook-ups for multiple television channels, including recent-release movies
- Ethernet computer hook-ups for fast internet service
- Voice mail service for all those friends and family who call while you’re away
Temporary Accommodations for Early Arrivals | Return to Top
If you need to arrive on campus before the residence halls officially open, we can make arrangements for temporary housing. Just contact Sarah Griffiths or Marcy O’Malley.
Employment | Return to Top
If you’d like to work while you’re in the U.S., the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has strict regulations about the employment of international students.
If you have an F-1 visa, you’re allowed to work on campus for up to 20 hours per week during the school year and more than 20 hours a week during vacation periods. You’ll need to get prior authorization for off-campus employment in your field of study.
If you have a J-1 visa, you’ll need authorization from our office of international student and scholar services to work either on or off campus.
Sarah Griffiths can help you with any questions.
Student Health Insurance | Return to Top
St. Norbert College requires all students to have health insurance. Through the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU) organization, St. Norbert provides international students access to an excellent, competitively priced student health insurance policy.
Please read the following important information about this policy:
The WAICU international student health insurance plan coverage is from Aug. 1, 2013, through July 31, 2014. International students will be enrolled automatically in the plan as of Aug. 1, 2013. You do not need to sign up. The fee for the plan (please see below) will be placed on your student account, to be paid along with your tuition and other fees.
Read more about the details of this plan, underwritten by WPS Health Insurance Company. Printed copies are at the office of international student and scholar services located in the Bemis International Center, Room 305, and the office of health and wellness services in Main Hall.
This plan pays 100% of services, immunizations and medical care provided at St. Norbert College’s Health and Wellness Services. This plan also participates in local and national networks; however, a deductible and/or co-payment may apply when accessing care in these networks.
The fee is $1,401.60 for the year, Aug. 1, 2013, through July 31, 2014 (this works out to about $116.80 per month).
The annual maximum benefit is $100,000. The medication coverage is up to $750 per year after co-pays are applied. No intercollegiate athletic injuries are covered under this plan.
Optional dental insurance is also available.
NOTE: International students with other health insurance coverage might be eligible for an exemption from the St. Norbert College student health insurance policy if their insurance is 1) comparable in coverage, AND 2) has a U.S. claims office. To see if you qualify for an exemption, please visit https://stnorbert.medicatconnect.com/ and enter your health insurance policy information. You will need your St. Norbert College user name and password. If you have any questions, please visit Health and Wellness Services.
Health Care | Return to Top
We encourage you to partner with our staff in Health and Wellness Services for all of your medical needs. We have registered nurses and other certified health-care professionals to partner with you on your wellness needs. You’ll have an opportunity to meet nurses from the health center during the international student orientation.
Disabilities | Return to Top
If you have documented disabilities, we can provide accommodations for access to university programs, activities and services. Contact our Academic Support Services at +1-920-403-1321 to make an appointment to meet with a counselor.
Computers | Return to Top
You’ll find all of the residence halls on campus outfitted with high-speed internet via Ethernet or wireless in some common study areas. Through our Information Technology Services, we offer you a wide variety of information that you’ll likely find useful as you set up and secure your computer.
If you choose to purchase a new desktop or laptop after arriving on campus, we partner with several computer manufacturers including Apple, Dell and HP, which offer discounts to our students. Learn more about buying a new computer.