I will be starting my PhD program in the US as an international student in the fall season. On my I20 it says
Start of classes: 21 August 2018
Earliest admission date: 22 July 2018
My program requires me to attend a "head start program" which begins on the 23rd July. If I am interpreting "Earliest admission date" correctly, this is the earliest date I can get into the US. This means I only have one day to get into the US and set up.
I erroneously thought I had 3 months before the start of classes (I think I confused this with when I can apply for the visa) so I booked my tickets to arrive in the US on July 13th. I am from Australia so I need to take two flights to get to the state I need to go to. Both of these flights are with different carriers. It appears both of these flights are non refundable.
I am not optimistic in recovering even half of my money, but I thought I might as well see what options I have in order to minimise the financial impact. I will be entering the US on an F1 visa.
Any answers are greatly appreciated.