Pre-Arrival Checklist

  1. Inform Emory that you are accepting your offer of admission. Return I-20s or DS-2019s to schools that you have decided not to attend.

  2. Get valid passports for you and any dependents. Your passport must be valid at least 6 months into the future at all times.

  3. Begin the online Orientation Checklist in ISSS Link.

  4. Pay the SEVIS I-901 fee and print your receipt.

  5. Get copies of financial documents that show how you will be supported while you're at Emory. You may be asked for these during your visa interview and at the US port of entry.

  6. Apply for a student visa at the US embassy or consulate, if required. To find a consulate, visit the U.S. State Department website. Be sure to use the I-20 or DS-2019 issued by the university that you plan to attend.

  7. Make your travel arrangements. Keep in mind that F-1 and J-1 students may enter the US no more than 30 days before the start date listed on the I-20/DS-2019. Planning your arrival >>

  8. Read Emory’s immunization requirements and submit the Student Immunization Record via the online portal. Obtain certificates of immunizations and vaccinations for you and your accompanying dependents.

  9. Get copies of important medical and dental records, x-rays, and prescriptions written in generic terms for you and any accompanying dependents.

  10. Read the health insurance requirements and decide if you want to purchase the Emory policy. If not, complete the waiver request through OPUS by July 1. If you are a J-1 student, your J-2 dependents must also have health insurance.

  11. If you are J-1 student being sponsored by an organization other than Emory, notify the organization of your arrival plans. Maintain contact with your sponsoring organization. Your sponsor can assist you with pre-departure arrangements.

  12. Arrange for finances to cover the costs of tuition, student fees, health insurance, and living expenses such as rent and security deposits. If you are receiving funding through Emory as a grant or stipend, these funds are not distributed until the end of September. If you are coming in the spring or summer semesters, the funds will be distributed about 45 days after you get here. You should have access to $1,500 – $2,000 USD to cover costs on the way to Emory and during your first few weeks in the US. If you purchase traveler's checks, keep the receipt separate from the actual traveler's checks.

  13. Arrange for housing or temporary housing. If you are living off campus and you don't have housing, be prepared to stay in a hotel for a few nights.

  14. Optional: attend a pre-departure orientation hosted by Education USA if one is available near you.