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International On Campus

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 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 nonimmigrant status, you must complete our 2-part check-in process.

Fall Arrivals

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Register and attend the Fall Alive! and International Student Orientation to meet orientation requirements. A registration link will be sent to you in July. Failure to attend will keep you from being able to register for classes.

Orientation Schedule

Fall 2020 will have a hybrid International Orientation.
New students will receive a link to our online Orientation Course approximately 1 month before school starts. Please check your email for that invitation.

The online Orientation will include Immigration Regulations, Cultural Adjustment, Plagiarism/Academic Integrity Rules and more.

The in-person orientation will consist of 2 parts:
1. WSU Alive! Orientation
2. International Student Orientation Social

Saturday, August 15, 2020
Follow Alive! schedule

Sunday, August 16, 2020
Follow Alive! schedule

Monday, August 17, 2020
Follow Alive! schedule

Tuesday, August 18, 2020
International Undergraduate Student Orientation Social
Locations and time assignments will be sent to students later in the summer

Items will include
Orientation Check In
Meeting Peer Mentors
Meeting International Student and Scholar Services Staff

All international undergraduate students will be charged a one-time 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

During the international orientation, 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

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 mandatory orientation.
    • If you are a sponsored student, please bring your Financial Guarantee with you, as you will meet with a Fiscal Team representative during the orientation
  • Visit Coug Health to provide your immunization record for a Measles Hold (if applicable)
  • Register and attend Fall Alive! 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 2021 Arrivals

1

Register and attend the Spring Alive! 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.

Orientation Schedule

To be announced.

2

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 Spring Alive! orientation)
  • Obtain a Cougar Card at the Compton Union Building (can be completed at Spring Alive! orientation)
  • Provide emergency contact information

Summer Arrivals

1

Register for Alive! orientation.

2

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 Alive! orientation)
  • Obtain a Cougar Card at the Compton Union Building (can be completed at Alive! 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

Alive! 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.

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