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International On Campus

New Graduate Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to Washington State University. We welcome you to the WSU family and look forward to assisting you. All incoming graduate students must complete an orientation program and an immigration check-in.

During the required orientation, you will have the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the WSU campus, identify academic resources, and complete immigration requirements. To maintain your F-1/J-1 non-immigrant status, you must complete our 2-part check-in process and attend the required International Student Orientation.

Fall Arrivals

1

Fall 2020 will have an online International Graduate Student Orientation.

New Students will receive a link to the International Graduate Student Orientation Course approximately 1 week before school starts. Please check your email for that invitation.

The Online International Graduate student Orientation will include Immigration Regulations, Cultural Adjustment, Plagiarism/Academic Integrity Rules, and more.

This Orientation is in ADDITION to WSU Graduate Student Online Orientation. New International Graduate students will also be expected to attend the International Graduate Student Orientation Social.

Social Security Application Session
TBD

All international graduate students will be charged a nonrefundable $50 international student orientation fee after course registration. The fee will be charged to your WSU account and can be paid along with your tuition through myWSU.

 

2

Once you arrive on campus, our immigration session will provide instructions to upload your immigration documents to myPassport.

You should upload these documents within 7 days of your orientation check-in.

  • I-20/DS-2019 (previous I-20/DS-2019 if you are a transfer student)
  • Biographical passport page (and extension, if applicable)
  • F-1/J-1 visa
  • Port of entry stamp from most recent entry into the United States
  • I-94 document

If you are a graduate student with an assistantship, you will need to obtain a social security card to receive your stipend. An essential part of the process will require that you meet the physical presence check-in requirement, upload your immigration documents to myPassport, and obtain a social security letter from your department. The letter then needs to be signed by the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Department. If you need to complete the immigration check-in process prior to the Graduate School orientation, visit ISSS (Bryan Hall, room 206) to request early activation of your SEVIS record. Attendance at the immigration orientation is required.

Orientation Checklist

Complete the remaining items on your orientation checklist located in myPassport.

  • Attend the International Programs sponsored students event (sponsored students only)
  • Visit Coug Health to provide immunization record for the Measles Hold (if applicable)
  • Meet with your academic advisor to plan your schedule
  • Obtain a Cougar Card at the Compton Union Building (CUB)
  • Provide emergency contact information

Spring 2021 Arrivals

1

Register and attend the required International Student Orientation to meet the physical presence check-in requirement.

All international graduate students will be charged a nonrefundable $50 international student orientation fee after course registration. The fee will be charged to your WSU account and can be paid along with your tuition through myWSU.

Orientation Schedule

To be announced.

 

Reminder: All international graduate students will be charged a nonrefundable $50 international student orientation fee after course registration. The fee will be charged to your WSU account and can be paid along with your tuition through myWSU.

2

Once you arrive on campus, our immigration session during the International Student Orientation will provide instructions to upload your immigration documents to myPassport.

You should upload these documents within 7 days of your orientation check-in.

  • I-20/DS-2019 (previous I-20/DS-2019 if you are a transfer student)
  • Biographical passport page (and extension, if applicable)
  • F-1/J-1 visa
  • Port of entry stamp from most recent entry into the United States
  • I-94 document

If you are a graduate student with an assistantship, you will need to obtain a social security card ito receive your stipend. An essential part of the process will require that you meet the physical presence check-in requirement, upload your immigration documents to myPassport, and obtain a social security letter from your department. The letter then needs to be signed by the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) department. If you need to complete the immigration check-in process prior to the Graduate School orientation, visit ISSS (Bryan Hall, room 206) to request early activation of your SEVIS record. Attendance at the International Student Orientation is required.

Orientation Checklist

Complete the remaining items on your orientation checklist located in myPassport.

  • Make an appointment with the International Programs fiscal team (sponsored students only)
  • Visit Coug Health to provide your immunization record for the Measles Hold (if applicable)
  • Meet with your graduate coordinator in your department to plan your schedule
  • Obtain a Cougar Card at the Compton Union Building (CUB)
  • Provide emergency contact information

On-Campus Resources for New International Students

International Programs – International Student and Scholar Services

Our department, located in Bryan Hall room 206,  assists international students through knowledge and expertise in immigration advising and cross-cultural programming.

International Center

The International Center, located in CUB L46, is your campus living room—a comfortable place where international students and friends gather to relax, socialize, and study.

Graduate School

Located in the French Administration building, the WSU Graduate School staff is there to assist you throughout your academic program.