Pre-Arrival Checklist

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.

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

Apply for a student visa at the U.S. embassy or consulate, if required. Visit the U.S. State Department website for details and to locate a consulate. Be sure to use the I-20 or DS-2019 issued by the university that you plan to attend. Currently citizens of Bermuda and Canada do not need a visa to enter the United States; however, they must still pay the SEVIS fee.

Pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee online and print your receipt.

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.

Read Emory University’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.

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

Read the health insurance requirements and decide if you want to purchase the Emory policy. If not, you must complete the waiver request online through OPUS no later than July 1. If you will enter the United States in J-1 status, your J-2 dependents must also have health insurance.

Obtain copies of financial documents that show how you will be supported while you are at Emory. You may be asked for these during inspection at the U.S. port of entry.

If you are 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 many pre-departure arrangements and provide valuable information.

Arrange for finances to cover the costs of tuition, student fees, health insurance and cost of 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 your arrival. You should have ready access to $1,500-$2,000 USD to cover costs on the way to Emory and during your initial time in the United States. If you choose to purchase traveler's checks, remember to keep the receipt separate from the actual traveler's checks.

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

Complete the Spring 2015 Orientation Checklist in ISSS Link.

Optional: attend a pre-departure orientation hosted by Education USA if one is available in your area.