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Next Steps for International Freshman Students

Your next steps for spring 2018

Upon admission to Arizona State University, new international students need to complete the following items:

Before you arrive at ASU

Immigration: SEVIS and Student Visa

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

ASU ID and Email Account

After you applied to ASU, you were issued an ASURITE UserID. This ID gives you access to ASU's online student services through My ASU. You must activate your ASURITE UserID online. While activating your ASURITE UserID, set up your ASU (@asu.edu) email account. This email is the official address to which the university sends email communications and is recorded in ASU's electronic directories. If you do not have an ASURITE UserID and activation code, call 480-965-7788. If you need help with the activation process, contact the University Technology Office Help Desk at 1-855-278-5080. Review computer security guidelines.

Housing and Dining

ASU encourages first-time freshmen to live in the Residential Colleges that house their academic majors. If you prefer to live elsewhere during your first year, we ask you to notify ASU University Housing so that we can assist you in connecting with valuable campus resources. To apply to live on campus, please access the My Housing Portal to complete your housing preferences. If you intend to live elsewhere, please notify the university by choosing that option on your Priority Tasks in My ASU. If you are not planning to live on campus and need assistance with your housing transition, please contact Off Campus Housing.

For dining options, visit My ASU to confirm or modify your pre selected options. 

MMR Immunization

You must submit your measles, mumps and rubella immunization form before you can register for classes. The form is included in your admission packet. Visit ASU Health Services for more information.

If you are under 18 years-old, please plan to bring a signed consent form for medical treatment with you to the U.S.

Math Placement Test

Take the Math Placement Test online. New students enrolling in math classes are required to take the Math Placement Test unless they have transferred equivalent courses to ASU. Take the test as early as possible. Students who are required to take the test will see the item Take Math Placement Test under Priority Tasks in My ASU.

Schedule Academic Advising and Register for Classes

Freshmen have a few options for receiving academic advising and registering for classes prior to arriving at ASU in the spring semester. Learn more.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition charges will be billed to your student account and may be viewed online through My ASU. 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.

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

You can access online billing through My ASU. Click on My Finances, then Make a Payment. Students are responsible for reviewing their ASU email account for notification of billing statements and reviewing their student account on My ASU for current information. Billing statements are not mailed to your home.

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. If you are not able to arrive by Jan. 8 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 as per the 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 Intensive English Program through Global Launch (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 three 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 in to My ASU and clicking on Complete New Student Check-in under your Priority Tasks.
  2. Update your local address and SEVIS address in 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 how to maintain your visa status at students.asu.edu/international/support/maintainf1status.

During the Academic Foundations Program, you will be guided through the process of SEVIS registration and 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. 

New Student Orientation

This program is for all freshman students starting class at ASU in spring. For more details about this program, you must first pay your enrollment deposit. Once your enrollment deposit is paid, you will log in to the orientation reservation system where you will see the list of available dates based on your major and campus location.

International Orientation

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 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 libraries and other services. The Pitchfork Card is two cards in one — an ASU student ID card and a MasterCard®check card.

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

Get your Sun Card or 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).

Getting Involved

Explore ASU's international student organizations, and meet other ASU international students when you arrive. ASU has more than 1,000 student clubs and organizations, giving you endless opportunities to make connections and pursue activities that you are passionate about.