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Step 2: Pre-Arrival

New to Georgia State’s main campus? Take a virtual tour before you arrive!

You began using “iStart” during Step 1: Admission. Now, you will continue using “iStart” in Step 2: Pre-Arrival. The Pre-Arrival Checklist will guide you through several e-forms and videos. We look forward to meeting you at International Student Check-in and Orientation.

Before You Begin

  • You may start, stop, and resume this process at your own pace.
  • 45 minutes – 1 hour is suggested to complete all the e-forms in this process.
  • Please prepare PDF-only files of your: passport photo page, Visa, and I-94 document to upload during this process. *Your I-94 document will only be available after arrival in the U.S.
  • Failure to complete this process before Check-in and Orientation will create delays in starting class at Georgia State and settling in Atlanta.

 Topics Covered

  • Confirming Enrollment & Applying for Your Visa
  • Uploading Your Immigration Documents
  • Check-in, Orientation, and Arriving in Atlanta
  • Housing Info: short-term and long-term options
  • Reporting Transportation & Requesting Airport Pick-up
  • Requesting Special Assistance for a Disability

START:  Pre-Arrival Checklist

  • Login to iStart.  If you are unfamiliar with iStart, watch the Introducing iStart video.
  • Complete the Pre-Arrival group of e-forms under GSU Main Campus.

Problems or Concerns?

If you experience technology problems or cannot access the internet, please email Mike Townsend: ctownsend@gsu.edu . Please state your full name, Panther ID number and what problem you are having. We’ll do our best to help you!