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.
Next Steps for All Students
- Start @ State - Visit start.gsu.edu to view the online modules that provide a broad overview of Georgia State and share helpful information for all incoming students. (First Year undergraduate F-1 students should not register for New Student Orientation at the end of Start @ State).
- Academic Advising & Course Registration
- Undergraduate First-Year Students: Once you have received your I-20, you will be invited to attend a virtual academic advising session where you can register for classes from your home country. The week before classes, you are required to attend International Student Orientation and check in with ISSS.
- Undergraduate transfer and transition (from PC to Atlanta) students: Once you have received your I-20 from ISSS, schedule an appointment with your academic advisor to discuss the appropriate classes you need to take at Georgia State. After speaking with your advisor, you may register for classes on your own once your registration appointment opens.
- Graduate students: Once you have received your I-20 from ISSS, speak with your academic department for information about which courses you need to take your first semester at Georgia State. Once you have received information from your department, you may register for classes on your own once your registration appointment opens.
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.
- 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
Problems or Concerns?
ISSS is committed to maintaining support and services to you during this time and will continue to operate under normal operating procedures for the remainder of the semester, just from a remote and online platform. This means you can call us directly or email us to request information and/or telephone/web appointments for advisement during our regular advisement hours.