Mandatory international student orientation at Georgia State University will be held:
Spring 2013 Semester: January 9-10, 2013 [PDF] (Classes start January 14, 2013)
Summer 2013 Semester: June 5-6, 2013 (Classes start June 9, 2013)
Fall 2013 Semester: August 19-22, 2013 (Classes start August 26, 2013)
Spring 2014 Semester: January 8-9, 2014 (Classes start January 13, 2014)
New International Student Orientation is required of all international students in F-1 or J-1 status, and students that intend to change their status to F-1. Orientation is held the week prior to each semester, and is designed to help and assist with your transition to life in the United States, in Atlanta, and here at Georgia State University.
Please note: Undergraduate Students at Georgia State are invited to register for INCEPT - undergraduate orientation program. International Students on F-1 & J-1 visas should not register and pay for INCEPT. New International Student Orientation provided by ISSS is free of charge and will cover all necessary topics along with mandatory immigration sessions.
All new international students must report on the first day of orientation at 8:00 a.m. for the semester you are admitted. You should bring your passport, I-20 or DS-2019, I-94 card, insurance documents if applicable, and any other immigration documents (including dependents’ documents) that you may have. It is advisable that you arrive and find housing in the Atlanta area prior to orientation. However, please bear in mind that U.S. immigration regulations do not allow international students to enter the U.S. more than 30 days prior to the start date on your I-20 (item #5) or DS-2019 (item #3).
If you are unable to arrive in Atlanta for orientation by the first day of orientation, you must notify International Student and Scholar Services.
The goals of new international student orientation are as follows:
To provide information on the following topics:
To carry out various admistrative processes for the university:
To create connections:
To welcome the students to Georgia State in a way that is positive, friendly and helpful.