Next Steps for Academic English Students

Thank you for applying to Academic English at WSU. We look forward to meeting you.

1. We will send you an I-20 form

Once you have received your offer of admission to Academic English at WSU, you will be asked to confirm your intent to enroll by paying an enrollment fee. After we receive the fee, we will send the immigration document (I-20 or DS-2019) by Federal Express to your mailing address. You will need to pay the I-901 SEVIS fee online and make a visa appointment at a U.S. embassy or consulate.

Transfer students

If you are transferring to Academic English at WSU from another school or language program in the United States, you will need to complete the following steps.

  1. Request your SEVIS record be transferred to WSU.
  2. Complete the transfer-in form and email, mail, or fax it to the WSU Office of International Programs.
    F-1 Transfer Form (pdf)
    J-1 Request to Transfer (pdf)
  3. If you plan to travel outside of the United States before beginning study at WSU, request a temporary I-20 for your reentry to the United States.
  4. Attend orientation during the first day of your WSU IALC session. After the immigration check-in, International Programs will issue you a permanent WSU I-20.

Get complete information on U.S. visa regulations and process.

2. Make travel arrangements

Immigration regulations allow international students to arrive in the United States up to 30 days before the first day of classes.

We recommend that you plan to arrive at least 1 week before the start of your IALC program so that you can familiarize yourself with WSU and the community of Pullman before your studies begin.

See our travel page for information on the best ways to get to Pullman.

3. Get immunized

Documents should be in English

Read the most recent announcements and guidelines about COVID-19. We are committed to ensuring that every student who wishes to be vaccinated against COVID-19 can be. If you are traveling from a country with limited vaccine availability and would like to receive the vaccine when you arrive on campus, please contact Cougar Health Services to schedule your vaccination appointment when you arrive.

Also, You will need to provide evidence of measles (Rubeola) immunity before you will be able to register for classes. Send a copy of your school certificate of immunization or an official copy of your record from a health care provider’s office to:

Health and Wellness Services
Washington State University
PO Box 642302
Pullman WA 99164-2302

Fax: 509-335-6223

We strongly recommend that you also obtain a vaccine for meningococcal disease (meningitis). Immunity is particularly important for students who will live in densely populated settings such as residence halls.

If you cannot obtain immunization before arriving in the United States, contact Cougar Health for immunizations when you arrive on campus. We can assist you with this after you arrive if necessary.

4. Pay tuition

Tuition is due the first day of classes.

If your tuition is being paid by a sponsor, contact us at when you arrive so that we can bill your sponsor if needed.


When you arrive

Orientation and tutorial

We provide orientation and a tutorial program during the first week of the session. Advisors are available to help you through the process. Do not miss it!

Important things happen:

  • Immigration check-in
  • English Placement Test (for Academic English students only)
  • WSU campus tour and introduction to the town of Pullman
  • Getting to know your fellow students—make friends!

Documents to bring

  • Valid passport
  • F-1 visa
  • I-94 (if available)
  • WSU I-20 or DS-2019 (if applicable)
  • Previous I-20/DS-2019 (transfer students)