Newly Admitted Students
Congratulations! You have been accepted to Georgia Southern University! Here are the next steps to work on before you join us here on campus:
1. REQUEST an I-20 and get a VISA
An I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility) is the immigration document you will need to apply for an F-1 visa. You must be officially accepted and submit the required documentation for the I-20 Request in the ISSS Portal before we can issue you an I-20. Note: You may begin this process as soon as you apply.
● Students who are transferring their F-1 visa status from another U.S. institution need to submit a SEVIS Transfer In Request Form to their current school in order to have their SEVIS record transferred to Georgia Southern. The form should be uploaded to the I-20 Request form in the ISSS portal.
● International students who do not have a F-1 student status are recommended to make the change to F-1 status. Changing Non-Immigrant Visa Status Handout
PAY I-901 FEE
You must pay the SEVIS I-901 fee at least 3 days prior to your visa appointment. Note: If you are already in the U.S. in F-1 or J-1 visa status or you have paid this fee within the last 12 months and were denied a visa, you do not have to pay this fee again. You will only need to present the receipt for your previous payment.
APPLY for VISA
Consult the U.S. Department of State’s website for a list of U.S. embassies and consulates and for information on what you will need for your visa appointment. Study in the States is also a great resource for helping to understand the VISA process.
2. APPLY for HOUSING
Freshmen must live on-campus. All other students may choose to live on-campus or off-campus. On-campus housing is limited to single students.
3. SUBMIT COMPLETED CERTIFICATE of IMMUNIZATION
The Certificate of Immunization is available on the Georgia Southern University Health Services website and a copy is mailed with your I-20. Once you register for classes and have access to your My.GeorgiaSouthern account, you may upload this form and complete the two additional forms (the Medical History and the Tuberculosis Screening Questionnaire) using the Eagle Health Center Online.
4. SIGN UP for INTERNATIONAL ORIENTATION (SOAR)
At SOAR you’ll meet with your academic advisor, register for classes, discover campus resources and student life opportunities, and get settled into your new life in the United States. Students will join domestic SOAR with specific international break-out sessions.
● Undergraduate orientation will be held at the following dates:
○ Armstrong: January 8, 2021; you may register online.
○ Statesboro: January 8, 2021; you may register online.
- Graduate orientation dates are TBD
5. MAKE TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS
Savannah/Hilton Head International is the closest airport to campus. Contact the Office of International Student Admissions and Programs at email@example.com for information on transportation from the airport. A taxi may cost up to $100 to the Statesboro campus and up to $40 to the Savannah campus, but an Uber or Lyft may be more affordable.
● Undergraduate students should plan on arriving to campus on August 12-13.
● Students in Initial status may enter the United States no more than 30 days before the program start date listed on your Form I-20
6. PREPARE to PAY TUITION & FEES
All of your tuition and fees fro the first semester must be paid by the first day of classes. To estimate your bill, and learn about payment options, see the Student Accounts section of the Bursar’s Office website
Last updated: 1/13/2021