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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 ISAP 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 ISAP 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.


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.


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.


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 MyGeorgiaSouthern account, you may upload this form and complete the two additional forms (the Medical History and the Tuberculosis Screening Questionnaire). Go to, select Eagle OSH, and click on Uploads to upload your immunization record.


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. Cost is $50 for students and max of two guests at $15 each. The link to register can be found in your Admissions Status Check Page.

  • Undergraduate orientation will be held on the following dates: 
    • Armstrong: January 8, 2022, from 8am to 5pm.
    • Statesboro: January 7, 2022, from 8am to 5pm.
  • Plans for Graduate international orientation will be announced shortly.


Savannah/Hilton Head International is the closest airport to campus. Contact the Office of International Student Admissions and Programs at 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 during the days leading up to SOAR.

● 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.


All of your tuition and fees for 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: 11/3/2021