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International Graduate Student Next Steps

Your next steps for spring 2018

Upon admission to ASU, 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 an F-1 or J-1 visa. 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.

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.

Review the International Student Guide

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

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 Admissions 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 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 in to 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 here 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. Box, company address, or school address are not valid addresses.
  3. Learn about how to maintain your visa status at

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 if you have any questions.

Orientation Week

Tuesday, Jan 3

All new international students must attend international student orientation. The event will help acquaint students with university resources, meet other international students and learn how to get involved on campus.

Wednesday, Jan 4

Designed for graduate students, ASU’s new International Graduate Student Conference is a day-long event to help further acquaint students with university resources. A Graduate and Profesional Student Association Welcome Event will be held the same day.

Thursday, Jan 5th

University Information Fair

Friday, Jan 6th

Student Services Open House

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

Click here 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’s license (instead of an Arizona state ID card).