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Quick Arrival Guide

Plan your journey to ASU

Be sure to check regularly and complete any pending items under your Priority Tasks.

Pre-Arrival Checklist

Complete ASU tasks:

  • Enrollment deposit (freshmen only)
    Pay your enrollment deposit on My ASU to confirm you will attend.
  • MMR immunization
    You must submit your measles (rubeola), mumps and rubella immunization form before you can register for classes. Check My ASU. and click on the MMR Immunization hold for information and instructions.
  • Math Placement Assessment (undergraduates only)
    Click on Take Math Placement Assessment on My ASU.
  • Housing and dining
    Visit for information on housing and dining options.
  • Complete pre-orientation on My ASU

Apply for your visa

  • Check your I-20/DS-2019 for accuracy and sign it.
  • Visit to submit form I-901 and pay the SEVIS fee.
  • Schedule an appointment with a local U.S. Consulate.
  • Visit your local U.S. Consulate at the appointed time and pay the visa application fee (this is not the SEVIS fee).

Make travel arrangements

  • Schedule your travel to the U.S.
    You can enter the U.S. during the 30 days before the start of the semester, but you should arrive early enough to complete administrative requirements, attend the International Student Orientation and settle into your new home. The last day you are allowed to arrive is the first day of the semester.
  • Inform ASU of your travel arrangements.
    Once you have booked your flight, please send us the details by submitting the International Arrival Form at:

Arrival Checklist

Items to place in your carry-on luggage

  • Passport, visa and signed I-20
  • U.S. currency
    You will need access to finances to cover the expenses of your first few weeks. The recommended payment methods in the U.S. are debit and credit cards.
  • Medical information 
    Bring a copy of your health and immunization records and any medical prescriptions you need.
  • Valuables 
    Put valuables such as currency, jewelry, laptop, etc. in your carry-on.
  • Local U.S. address 
    Make sure to have with you the address where you will live.
  • Contact information 
    Bring a list of the names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of key contacts in the U.S. and at home.

Items to place in your checked luggage

  • Casual clothing
    ASU is a casual community. You will see a lot of students wearing comfortable clothing.

Entering the United States

  • Visa/I-20 checkpoint
    At your point of entry, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will check your documents. This is where you will need to present your passport, visa and I-20. There is no cause for alarm if you are asked to step into a side room. They may need to ask you some questions or verify some information. You are allowed to ask the officer what the issue is — just do so respectfully.
  • Customs checkpoint
    After you collect your luggage, you will go through the customs checkpoint. This is where you turn in the form you were given on the airplane. On this form you must declare if you have funds exceeding $10,000 (in any currency) and any items that need to be declared. Please visit for detailed information on what you are allowed to bring and what items you need to declare.
  • Airport transportation
    Follow the instructions you received from ASU after you filled out the International Arrival Form for free shuttle transportation to your housing location.

Post-Arrival Checklist

Steps to take once you arrive:

  • Get your Sun Card
    Visit the Card Services office on your campus to get your Sun Card. Go to, or go to My ASU and click on ASU ID Card and Photo for further details.
  • Complete your online SEVIS Check-in
    Visit My ASU and click on Complete SEVIS Check-in for instructions on how to complete your online SEVIS Check-in.
  • Obtain I-94 form
    Prior to completing your SEVIS Check-in, you will need to obtain a copy of your I-94 at
  • Attend International Student Orientation Week
    Incoming international students are required to attend orientation week. You will learn important information about the university and how to prepare for a successful academic year. For specific information, visit
  • Tuition and fees
    Tuition charges will be billed to your account and may be viewed on My ASU after registration. For specific information on tuition and fees, visit

Be sure to check regularly and complete any pending items under your Priority Tasks.

*Graduate students at the Thunderbird School of Global Management should visit for specific details about the items with the sign.

Useful Resources

Living on campus

Living off campus

Thunderbird students housing

International Students and Scholars Center
The role of the International Students and Scholars Center is to help you succeed at ASU.

Tempe campus, Student Services Building (SSV),
first floor, room 170
Office hours: Monday — Friday, 8 a.m. — 5 p.m.
Phone: 480-727-4776 Email:

Registering for classes
Please reach out to your academic advisor to start the registration process as early as possible. You can find your academic advisor's contact information on

Temperatures in Phoenix

Month Avg. High Avg. Low
July 107°F/42°C 81°F/27°C
Aug. 105°F/41°C 80°F/27°C
Sept. 99°F/37°C 75°F/24°C
Oct. 88°F/31°C 63°F/17°C
Nov. 75°F/24°C 50°F/10°C
Dec. 70°F/21°C 44°F/7°C