International Orientation & Check-In

GSU Main Campus

What is Required?

  1. Start@StateAll new admitted students must complete Start@State. New International Freshman must also attend a virtual New Student Orientation session.
  2. International Student Orientation: This is a series of info sessions to help you understand and protect your immigration status, and to adjust to life at GSU!
  3. Immigration Check-in: Incoming F-1 and J-1 students are required to document arrival and report required information to the U.S Government. Failure to check-in puts your immigration status at risk.

Who Attends International Student Orientation?

  • All NEW F-1 / J-1 and TRANSFER F-1 International Students (including those transferring from U.S. high schools)

When is International Student Orientation?

The International Student Orientation starts on August 16th, with a required attendance virtual session. There will be various optional in-person events to attend throughout the week. To view a full schedule of the week's events, please click HERE.

All in-person events require registration via the Panther Involvement Network (PIN). If you will arrive to campus in time to participate in the Campus Tour (Scavenger Hunt) and/or Global Grillout, then please register at the links below.

Campus Tour (Scavenger Hunt): Register here

Global Grillout: Register here

Below are details for the required session and eForm submissions:

  • Required Virtual International Orientation Session for Incoming Students: Monday, August 16th 2021 @10 am. A link to the live, virtual session will be sent to students upon completion of all Pre-Arrival eforms once available in iStart.
  • Virtual Check-in eForm Submissions: All required documentation for reporting purposes is submitted via all Orientation eforms in iStart. These eforms are found below the Pre-Arrival eform list in iStart. These must be submitted by August 27th at 5 pm.
  • Virtual Late Orientation: Friday, August 27th 2021 @ 10 am. A link to the live, virtual session will be sent to students who are not able to attend the orientation on Monday, August 16th 2021.

Meet our VISA leaders! Volunteer International Student Assistant (V.I.S.A.) Leaders at Georgia State University are a group of students who are trained to be assistants during new international student orientation each semester. Read more about our Fall 2021 VISA leaders here.

GSU Perimeter College

PLEASE NOTE:  Summer 2021 International Student Orientation will be conducted virtually.

WHAT?

Two requirements:

  1. International Orientation & Immigration Check-in:  information session to help you understand and protect your immigration status, to adjust to life at GSU, and  to document your arrival to report required information to the U.S Government AND
  2. New Student Orientation: is required for ALL (domestic and international) students at Perimeter Campuses. 

WHO?

  • All NEW F-1 and TRANSFER F-1 International Students (including those transferring from U.S. high schools)
  • ALL: International Orientation & Check-in are required. Failure to check-in puts your immigration status at risk.

WHEN?

All Perimeter College Campuses

  • Virtual International Orientation & Check-in:  Wednesday, June 2, 2021 @ 2:00 p.m.     A link to the live virtual session will be sent to students after completing all Pre-Arrival & Orientation eForms in iStart.
  • Virtual Check-in:  All required documentation for reporting purposes are submitted via Orientation eForms in iStart to complete check-in.
  • Virtual Late International Orientation & Check-in:      Friday, June 11, 2021 @ 2:00 p.m.                                    A link to the live, virtual session will be sent to students who are not able to attend the international orientation on Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

All Perimeter College Campuses

  • Virtual International Orientation & Check-in:  Wednesday, August 18, 2021 @ 10:00 a.m.   A link to the live, virtual session will be sent to students after completing all Pre-Arrival & Orientation eForms in iStart.
  • Virtual Check-in:  All required documentation for reporting purposes are submitted via Orientation eForms in iStart to complete check-in.
  • Virtual Late International Orientation & Check-in:      To Be Announced.                                                                  A link to the live, virtual session will be sent to students who are not able to attend the international orientation on Wednesday, August 18, 2021.

 

Arrival Checklist

This >> printable checklist << puts all the essential “to-do” items together in one place. ISSS hopes this will assist you with a smooth transition to Georgia State University.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

To provide information about: 

    • federal immigration regulations and individual responsibilities as an F or J student
    • how to navigate the campus & administration of Georgia State University
    • basic needs such as housing, transportation, food and money
    • cultural adjustment to life in the United States and in Atlanta
    • unique characteristics of the U.S. classroom

 To complete administrative processes: 

    • confirm immigration documents (passport, visa, I-20 or DS-2019, I-94)
    • SEVIS Reporting
    • GSTEP and other English placement testing
    • Math Placement Exam (for freshmen only)
    • academic advising
    • course registration

To create connections with:

    • other new students to form initial friendships
    • continuing students for advice and support
    • students’ academic departments
    • relevant campus services, programs and facilities

To welcome you to Georgia State University in a positive, friendly and helpful manner.

You will also attend international student orientation and check-in, not regular university new student orientation.
New international students can enter up to 30 days prior to the start date of their I-20.
Check-in is required. ISSS will have to terminate your status if you do not check-in.
If you do not attend orientation, you will not be able to complete check-in. You are required to attend.  You will learn how to protect your status and be prepared for life at GSU.
For DOWNTOWN students - If you are a new International Freshman, then you will have a NSO hold in your Paws account. You are required to attend New Student Orientation to remove this hold and register for your courses. International Student Orientation is also required, as you learn how to maintain your visa status. For PERIMETER students - yes, you are also required to attend New Student Orientation.