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Information and next steps for newly admitted graduate students

As an international student at ASU, you will gain a valuable lifetime experience. Learn among the best in our high-energy environment, with dynamic support from faculty members and advisors committed to enabling your success.

Visit My ASU for your personalized next steps.

Congratulations and welcome to ASU!

Before you arrive at ASU

Immigration: SEVIS and student visa

International students who wish to pursue their studies at Arizona State University must obtain an F-1 or J-1 visa. Learn more about the SEVIS and Student Visa steps.

ASURite userID activation

Have you activated your ASURITE UserID? This gives you access to My ASU and general online transactions. During activation, be sure to set up your @asu.edu email address information.

Housing

ASU offers on-campus housing and dining options as well as other on-campus upper-level student housing options, including family housing at ASU's Polytechnic campus. We also provide off-campus housing referral services.

As a student living on campus, you will have convenient access to the opportunities, resources, and programs offered at ASU, both academic and professional. To apply to live on campus, please access the My Housing Portal to choose your housing preference. If you are not planning to live on-campus and need assistance with your housing transition, please contact Off Campus Housing.

If you are living on campus for the academic year, you are eligible to move in early by requesting an Early Arrival on the My Housing Portal. If you have questions regarding the Early Arrival process, please contact University Housing at housing@asu.edu.

If you need short-term, temporary housing when you arrive at ASU until your off-campus housing accommodation is available, or if you need a place to stay for a few days while you seek off-campus housing, ASU University Housing has a limited number of spaces available, which are distributed to students on a first-come-first-serve basis. This short-term, temporary housing option is only available through early August 2018. If you have questions or would like to apply for short-term, temporary housing, please contact University Housing at housing@asu.edu.

MMR immunization

You must submit your measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) immunization form before you can register for classes. Visit the ASU Health Services website for more information and to access the form.

Register for classes

Contact your academic department for assistance with class selection and registration. You can view your academic advisor contact information in the My Programs and Degree Progress box on My ASU.

Note that you may have holds on your enrollment that you need to complete before you can register for classes.

Spring 2018 admits: Class registration typically becomes available mid-October.

Fall 2018 admits: Class registration typically becomes available mid-spring.

Take some time now to review and complete any outstanding holds you may have under Priority Tasks in My ASU so you can be ready for registration.

International student guide

You'll be provided an International Student Guide to assist you with preparing for your academic journey at ASU and to highlight the resources available to you. The guide will be available online later in the semester and you will be notified via email when it is available.

Tuition and fees

Tuition charges will be billed to your student account and may be viewed online through My ASU under the Finance tab. By registering for classes, you agree to pay all applicable tuition and registration fees. If you decide not to attend, you must completely withdraw from all classes before the semester begins. Please view the academic calendar for important dates.

If tuition is not paid by the applicable due date, you will automatically be enrolled in the tuition installment plan and charged a non refundable enrollment fee. Visit the Tuition and Billing website for more information.

You can access online billing through My ASU. Click on the Finance tab then Make a Payment. Students are responsible for reviewing their ASU email account (@asu.edu) for notification of billing statements and reviewing their student account on My ASU for current information. Billing statements are not mailed to your home.

Review the getting started at ASU guide

Getting Started at ASU is a digital pre-orientation experience featuring informational slides, videos and quizzes to help you get familiar with ASU and the campus resources we offer to help you succeed. As a new international student, you are expected to complete the digital pre-orientation before you arrive on campus. Once you arrive at ASU, you will attend an in-person orientation for graduate students, as well as a number of events intended to assist with your transition to your ASU campus. You can access Getting Started at ASU under your Priority Tasks on My ASU. You will need your ASURITE ID to log into My ASU and to access the guide.

Travel arrangements and arrival

  • Jan. 8, 2018 is the first day of spring semester classes. It is also the last day you are permitted to arrive and check in. You are expected to arrive in the US no later than Jan 1 to attend International Orientation Week.

  • Aug. 16, 2018, is the first day of fall semester classes. It is also the last day you are permitted to arrive and check-in. You are expected to arrive in the US no later than Aug 3 to attend International Orientation Week.

  • If you are not able to arrive by the first day of class due to visa delays, you must contact International Admission Services at ASUinternational@asu.edu.  Admission Services will provide you with further instructions.

  • Do not attempt to enter the U.S. after the school start date indicated in your I-20 or DS-2019, as you will be denied entry.

  • See the academic calendar for important dates for the spring semester.

  • You may not enter the U.S. more than 30 days before the start date listed on your SEVIS I-20 form or DS-2019.

 

When you arrive at ASU

SEVIS check-in

SEVIS check-in is a mandatory process per U.S. Immigration policies. In order to stay in compliance, all international students are required to report to the International Students and Scholars Center, including:

  • Students who are entering the U.S. for the first time on an ASU I-20 or DS-2019.
  • Students who have been in the U.S. on an I-20 or DS-2019 from another school and are transferring to ASU.
  • Students who have attended ASU's Global Launch English Program (formerly known as AECP).

After you arrive in the U.S., you can use your smartphone or computer to complete the SEVIS check-in by following these 3 simple steps to report your arrival before the start date listed on your I-20 or DS-2019:

  1. Upload copies of your immigration documents by logging into My ASU and clicking on Complete new student check-in under your Priority Tasks.
  2. Update your local address and SEVIS address at My ASU.
    • Local address must be a residential address in the U.S. and must contain street number, street name, city, state and postal code.
    • SEVIS address must be a residential address in your home country.
    • PO Box, company address, or school address are not valid addresses.
  3. Learn about how to maintain your visa status.

During the Academic Foundations Program, you will be guided through the process of SEVIS registration and will receive important information about F-1/J-1 immigration compliance, enrollment and other essential matters to facilitate a smooth transition to the university and to successfully begin your ASU experience.

Please email issc@asu.edu if you have any questions.

Orientation week for international students

The Orientation Week for international students is held prior to the start of classes.

  • Jan. 8, 2018 is the first day of spring semester classes. It is also the last day you are permitted to arrive and check in. You are expected to arrive in the US no later than Jan 1 to attend International Orientation Week.

  • Aug. 16, 2018, is the first day of fall semester classes. It is also the last day you are permitted to arrive and check-in. You are expected to arrive in the US no later than Aug 3 to attend International Orientation Week.

All new international students must attend the International Student Orientation at the Tempe campus. This event will help you become acquainted with university resources, meet other international students at ASU and learn how to get involved on campus.

More details about the time and location will be available in the beginning of December. 

Identification (ID) cards

Students have the option to obtain the Sun Card or the Pitchfork Card when they arrive at ASU. The Sun Card is the official ASU student photo ID that allows you to complete in-person transactions and gain access to library and other services. The Pitchfork Card is two cards in one —  an ASU student ID card and a MasterCard® check card.

Learn more about the main differences between the Sun Card and the Pitchfork Card.

Get your Sun Card or the Pitchfork Card as soon as you arrive at ASU. It is also highly recommended that you obtain an Arizona state ID card. If you want to drive in the U.S., you need to get an Arizona driver license (instead of an Arizona state ID card).