Checklist for New International Students:
Request and Obtain your I-20 or DS-2019
International students who wish to study in the U.S. must obtain a form I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for F1 non-immigrant visa) or DS-2019 (Certificate of Eligibility for J1 non-immigrant visa) from the International Services office. Click here for more information.
Review and sign I-20 or DS-2019
Upon receipt, review the enclosed I-20 or DS-2019 carefully. Sign page 1 after confirming all information is accurate and after reading the information on page 2.
Pay the SEVIS fee.
Newly admitted students who enter the U.S. for the first time in F-1 or J-1 status must pay the SEVIS fee ($200.00) prior to applying for their visa. Payment information is available at www.fmjfee.com.
Obtain the F-1 or J-1 Visa.
If you are currently abroad, visit a U.S. embassy or consulate in your home country to apply for a visa. You will have to present your I-20 or DS-2019 issued by Florida Atlantic University (FAU), passport (valid at least sic months into the future), FAU admission letter, and financial documents to prove availability of funds for your education and living expenses. DO NOT ENTER THE U.S. using a B-1/B-2 tourist visa. B-1/B-2 (tourist) visa holders are not allowed to enroll as students. Application procedures for the F-1 or J-1 non-immigrant visa vary among consular posts. Please contact the consular office where you plan to obtain your visa for appointment information, forms, fees, and other application details. Canadian students must pay the SEVIS fee but do not have to apply for the F-1 visa at the U.S. Embassy.
Make housing arrangements.
Make housing arrangements before arrival. The International Services office cannot make housing arrangements for you. To live on-campus, students should apply far in advance of the semester start date. For further housing information, visit the housing website at www.fau.edu/housing or call 561-297-2880. International students who already have housing arrangements may check in as early as on August 9. Additional cost of $30/night will apply. Please contact the International Services office if you need more information about earlier arrival on campus. For additional off-campus housing information please click here.
Prepare for money matters.
You are expected to have sufficient funds for the period of studies as indicated on the I-20 or DS-2019. For your initial arrival bring cash or travelers' checks to cover your initial expenses, medical insurance, tuition/fees, books and supplies, and initial housing arrangements. Individual financial needs vary greatly, but we recommend that you have at least $3000.00 to $4000.00 in travelers' checks or arrange for a wire transfer of funds that can be immediately available. If you are a graduate student with an assistantship, it may take a month or longer after the beginning of the semester to receive your first payment from the university. Thus you will need to have some funds available to cover your initial expenses. Click here for more information about the cost of attendance.
- How to pay for tuition?
- Flywire: Paying tuition with Flywire is safe, fast, and convenient. To learn more about the simple steps to make your payment(s) please visit: flywire.com/mypayment
- Complete the Student Health Services Immunization form
To submit the FAU Immunization Form and additional immunization documentation, complete the following steps:
Bring medical and immunization records with you.
Florida State Law requires all students to be immunized against Measles and Rubella. Prior to registration you will have to provide medical certificates in English showing you received the required immunizations, or you will have to receive immunizations upon arriving at FAU (for an additional cost to you).
Purchase required medical insurance.
F-1 and J-1 students are required to have medical insurance that meets state-mandated coverage guidelines. Students have two options:
- To purchase the FAU insurance plan, contact Insurance for Students, Inc. at Insurance for students or contact the Student Health Services office directly (click here). Compliance with the insurance requirement must be verified prior to registering for courses. An insurance representative will be available at the Student Health Services. Please check the SHS website for the date and time.
2. Students who wish to use an outside plan must have their insurance company complete the Alternate Insurance Compliance Form (available here under "forms") and confirm that the policy meets all requirement listed on the form.
Complete Immigration Orientation and Check-In Pre-arrival Registration Form
- We will lift your "IS hold" once you complete all the documentation needed for I-20 AND complete this form.
Register for classes: Consult with your academic advisor regarding course selection/registration
- We highly encourage you to enroll for classes as soon as possible. Classes get full and close quickly during registration!
- For more information about registration and enrollment please click here
Prepare for entry to the United States.
At the port of entry (i.e. Fort Lauderdale International Airport, Miami International Airport, etc.) you will need to present the following documents: passport with valid F-1 or J-1 visa stamp, FAU I-20 or DS-2019. Be prepared to answer questions about the purpose of your entry to the U.S., what you will be studying, etc. Upon entering the United States you will be assigned an electronic I-94 record. Once you already entered the U.S. go to www.cbp.gov/I94 to print a copy of your I-94 record. You will be later on required to present it at our International Services Office.
Arriving at FAU
- Click here to learn about transportation information for students traveling from Miami International Airport to FAU's Boca Raton Campus
- Visit the International Services office.
Provide a local address.
Students must provide a local address within 10 days from arriving in the U.S.
- Provide Immunization records and medical information to Student Health Services if necessary.
Attend the new international student orientation and appropriate university-wide orientation (there are orientations specific to first-year students, transfer students, graduate students, and graduate teaching assistants).
- Clear any remaining registration holds if necessary.
- Register for classes: Consult with your academic advisor regarding course selection/registration.
Important Contact Information at FAU
|International Services Officefirstname.lastname@example.org||561-297-3049|
|Housing and Residential Educationemail@example.com||561-297-2880|
|Student Health Servicesfirstname.lastname@example.org||561-297-0048|