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International Graduate Student Next Steps

Upon admission for fall 2018, 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 Arizona State University must obtain F-1 or J-1 visas. Click here to learn more about the SEVIS and student visa steps.


ASU offers on-campus housing and dining options at all campus locations. 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 intend to live elsewhere, please notify the university by choosing that option on your New Student checklist in My ASU. 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 and 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

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

MMR Immunization

You must submit your measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) immunization form before you can register for classes.

Register for Classes

Contact your academic department for assistance with class selection and registration.

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 Finances then Make a Payment. You are responsible for reviewing your ASU email account for notification of billing statements and reviewing your 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 in to My ASU and to access the guide.

Travel Arrangements and Arrival

  • 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. If you are not able to arrive by Aug. 16 due to visa delays, contact Graduate Admission Services at Graduate Admission Services will provide you with further instructions.
  • See the academic calendar for important dates for the fall 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.
  • ASU will provide you with FREE shuttle transportation from the airport to your housing location. More information about this service will be provided in July 2018.


When you arrive at ASU

SEVIS Check-in

SEVIS check-in is a mandatory process as 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. Follow 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 SEVIS 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.
    • P.O. Boxes, company addresses or school addresses are not valid addresses.
  3. Learn about how to maintain your visa status at

Please email if you have any questions.

International Student 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.

Fall Welcome Events

ASU hosts welcome events for incoming students at each of our four campuses. There will be various activities, food, giveaway items, student club tables and music at each campus. Details about these events will be posted closer to the fall semester.

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 an 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 — it is an ASU student ID card and a MasterCard® check card.

Read more to understand the main 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. Or, if you want to drive in the U.S., you need to get an Arizona driver license (instead of an Arizona state ID card).