The Office of International Programs strongly suggests that students open a bank account in the United States – this makes it easier to purchase items while in the United States, receive wire transfers from home and typically prevents foreign transaction fees.
During International Orientation the Office of International Programs will assist you in opening a bank account. Georgetown College works with United Bank, a local bank with locations throughout Kentucky (a United account will work anywhere in the United States). United Bank offers free checking accounts for students which include a debit card and online banking. You may also open a savings account (also free) if you wish. The amount of money needed to open an account is $50.00 (this amount is per account).
While the Office of International programs strives to assist students with bank accounts, the student is responsible for his/her bank account. A quick overview of the U.S. banking system is included in International Student Orientation.
Please note that Georgetown College is only able to assist students that bank with United Bank; however, students may bank with the bank of their choice.