Next Steps: New International Students – Atlanta Campus
Congratulations on your acceptance to Georgia State University – Atlanta Campus as a new international student! International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) advises you to complete this checklist both before and after your arrival in the U.S. and Atlanta. We’ve also included a list of items to keep with you (not in checked luggage) during travel. If you are anxious to see what our campus looks like, enjoy our virtual tour! Welcome.
Many questions you might have about housing, courses, and life in Atlanta and the U.S. as an international student are answered in the International Student Handbook. Please review and bookmark this useful resource.
ISSS is here to help. We look forward to meeting you at international orientation and check-in!
If you are starting at Perimeter College, click here to view next steps for admitted Perimeter College students.
|1.||Activate your Campus ID at https://campusid.gsu.edu. Enter your Panther ID #, which you received in your admissions materials. If you lost, forgot or didn’t receive it, you can look it up here.
|2.||Set up your Georgia State student email account at PantherMail Student Email. You’ll use this email address for all official communications with ISSS and the University. Emails from our office will always start with the subject line “ISSS”.|
|3.||Obtain I-20 or DS-2019. After academic admission to Georgia State, ISSS will email you to upload immigration information via an online system called ‘iStart.’ Students requesting F1 or J1 visa status will upload financial documents also as required to process and receive a Form I-20 (F-1) or DS-2019 (J-1).|
|4.||Pay SEVIS fee. Once you have received your I-20 or DS -2019 from Georgia State, pay the required SEVIS I-901 fee at: www.fmjfee.com. Print and keep your receipt for future reference. Optional information: More about the Student & Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is at: www.ice.gov/sevis|
|5.||Schedule your visa interview. Next, make an appointment at the nearest U.S. Consulate or Embassy for your F1 or J1 visa interview. You will need your SEVIS I-901 fee receipt and I-20 or DS-2019 from Georgia State. More information about this process was in your ISSS Welcome Packet. It’s also on the ISSS website.|
NEXT STEPS: PRE-ARRIVAL
|6.||Log into Panther Access to Web Services (PAWS). PAWS is the online portal to access things like student accounts, housing, and more. While you’re in there, check out the New Students tab. View your student record and any holds on your account under the Enrollment tab. Click the Campus Resources tab for housing information.|
|7.||AFTER obtaining your visa, plan your travel to the U.S to arrive in time for (required) International Student Orientation and Check-in. You may enter the U.S. up to 30 days before the start day on your I-20 or DS-2019. You may not skip or miss international orientation and check-in.|
|8.||Connect with your class. Join the new international student Facebook Group for your specific semester in this format:
|9.||Research housing options. First, read the housing section of the International Student Handbook.
|10.||Submit required immunization forms to the Student Health Clinic. Immunizations are required for MMR, Tetanus/Diphtheria, Varicella and Hepatitis B. Call 404-413-1930 with questions.
|11.||Pay for, or request a waiver of required Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP).
|12.||Contact your Academic Advisor before registering for courses.
|13.||Register for courses via PAWS. You can register before meeting with your academic advisor, but you may have to change your course schedule after meeting with your advisor.
|14.||Arrange transport from the Atlanta airport to your local destination. Help is available if needed.
NEXT STEPS: POST-ARRIVAL IN ATLANTA
|15.||Attend mandatory International Student Orientation and Check-in the week before class. For schedule, location and details, click here. Bring your passport, I-20 or DS-2019 form, and I-94 card with you the first day. For check-in, you’ll request a time slot of your choice via iStart.|
|16.||Graduate Students only: Be prepared to take the Georgia State Test of English Proficiency (GSTEP) during International Student Orientation, if required. Results could require you to alter your initial class schedule if you are required to add an English language course. For more information please click here.|
|17.||Obtain your PantherCard, the official Georgia State University identification card for use as:
|18.||Purchase your textbooks for classes, but only after advisement by your academic advisor.
|19.||Prepare to pay all tuition and fees by the payment deadlines. All students with balances after the deadline are automatically dropped from all courses. For more information, please see How to Pay.|
|20.||Send any needed final transcripts and/or test scores to your admissions office.
|21.||Explore campus, especially the buildings where you’ll have classes with this online interactive map.|
|22.||Driver’s License. To obtain a driver’s license in the USA as an international student, you will need to wait for your SEVIS record to be registered within 5 days after orientation and check-in. In addition, you have to be present in the USA at least 10 days. For detailed information about this topic, please read the Driver’s License section of International Student Handbook.|
|23.||Review. Your class registration will NOT be complete until you complete the following:
ITEMS TO KEEP WITH YOU DURING TRAVEL (carry-on, not checked luggage)
- I-20 or DS-2019 from Georgia State University.
- Valid passport.
- U.S. Visa for Georgia State University, located in your passport.
- Your admission letter from Georgia State University.
- Airplane ticket(s).
- Cash, credit cards, or any international bank card (ATM or debit card). ISSS advises to carry $1,000-$2,000 cash in U.S. dollars for travel emergencies, unforeseen expenses and settling-in costs.
- Phone numbers and email addresses of emergency contacts at home and in the United States.
- Phone numbers and email addresses of relatives, friends, your Georgia State academic department, the ISSS office (404-413-2070 during business hours) and a representative of your nationality group at the University (see ISAC).
- An English translation of your medical history and documents.
- Prescriptions for medications you take and a fresh supply of prescription medicines.
- Medical records (including vaccination records) for your accompanying spouse/children (if applicable).