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New Undergraduate Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to Washington State University. We welcome you to the WSU family and look forward to assisting you. All incoming students (first-year and transfer) must complete a tutorial program and an immigration check-in.

During the required WSU New Coug Orientation and the International Student Tutorial, 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 nonimmigrant status, you must complete our 2-part check-in process.

Fall Arrivals

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Register and attend the fall New Coug Orientation and participate in the International Student Tutorial run over the summer to meet orientation requirements. This Tutorial will help familiarize you with WSU’s Learning Management Software. Failure to attend will keep you from being able to register for classes.

International Student Tutorial Schedule

Fall 2021 will have a hybrid online/in-person International Student Tutorial.
New students will receive a link to our online International Student Tutorial hosted on Canvas starting in mid-June. Please check your WSU email for an invitation with the subject line “Attend International Student Tutorial!” If you cannot find the email, you can also register here: https://futurecoug.wsu.edu/register/?id=c0ab1c8f-da5b-429a-964d-3a26849e85cc. The online Tutorial course will start June 28, 2021.

Then during Week of Welcome, International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) will host the in-person portion of the Tutorial on Aug. 18, 2021. TImes and locations will be sent to you later in the summer.

The International Student Tutorial will include information about immigration regulations, cultural adjustment, plagiarism/academic integrity rules, information about WSU, and more.

 

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

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The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) team will provide information about uploading your immigration documents to myPassport.

You should upload these documents within 7 days of your arrival at WSU.

  • 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

Tutorial Checklist

In addition to the document upload listed above, make sure you complete the remaining items listed on your orientation checklist located in myPassport.

  • Attend the International Programs International Student Tutorial.
    • If you are a sponsored student, please bring your Financial Guarantee with you, as you will need to submit that to the International Programs Fiscal Team after arrival at WSU.
  • Submit your immunization record for a Measles Hold (if applicable) to Cougar Health Services.
  • Register and attend the fall New Coug Orientation to meet with your academic advisor and plan your schedule.
  • Obtain a Cougar Card at the Compton Union Building (can be completed at Fall Alive orientation).
  • Provide emergency contact information in myPassport.wsu.edu.

Spring Arrivals

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Register and attend the spring New Coug and International Student Orientation (registration not required for International Student Orientation) to meet orientation requirements. Failure to attend will keep you from being able to register for classes.

Spring Semester Orientation Schedule

Wednesday, Jan. 5 – Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022

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Once you arrive on campus, our International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) team will provide information about uploading 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

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 a Measles Hold (if applicable)
  • Meet with your academic advisor to plan your schedule (can be completed at the spring New Coug Orientation)
  • Obtain a Cougar Card at the Compton Union Building (can be completed at orientation)
  • Provide emergency contact information

Summer Arrivals

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Register for New Coug Orientation.

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Once you arrive on campus, visit International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) in Bryan Hall, room 206, to meet the physical presence check-in requirement. Please bring your passport and I-20/DS-2019. Our International Student and Scholar Services team will provide information about uploading 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

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 a Measles Hold (if applicable)
  • Meet with your academic advisor to plan your schedule (can be completed at orientation)
  • Obtain a Cougar Card at the Compton Union Building (can be completed at orientation)
  • Provide emergency contact information

On-Campus Resources for New International Students

International Programs – International Student and Scholar Services

Our department assists international students through knowledge and expertise in immigration advising and cross-cultural programming.

International Center

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

New Student Programs

New Coug Orientation facilitates new students in the transition to life at WSU by offering comprehensive orientation programming.

Week of Welcome is a week-long event that combines academic, educational, developmental, and social programming to provide a solid foundation for new and returning students.