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When you arrive in the U.S., you must go through immigration, get your luggage, and go through the customs process. Then, if you did not fly directly into Phoenix, you will re-check your luggage and get on another plane to come to Phoenix. Plan at least a three-hour gap between when your flight lands in the U.S. and the next flight to Phoenix leaves. Keep your important documents together and carry them with you so you are ready to present them when asked. Review the Transportation & Security Administration (TSA) security screening policies at https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening to ensure a smooth connection to Phoenix.
Once you have reached Phoenix Sky Harbor airport, information desks are available to answer any questions. After you collect your luggage, proceed to the ground transportation area, where you will find the rideshare or taxi service you reserved. The distance from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to ASU’s Tempe Campus is 5.5 miles or a 10-minute car ride. The distance from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to ASU’s West Campus is 22 miles or a 40-minute car ride.
To view transportation options from the Phoenix Sky Harbor airport, click here.
Taxi: https://www.uber.com (requires downloaded app);
On your I-20, item five lists the date you are supposed to report to Global Launch registration. All new Global Launch students must attend all student orientation activities and events, which will include registration, placement testing, and orientation. Your registration date and time will be sent to you by email. You will receive your orientation week schedule at registration.
On the day of the Intensive English Program registration, bring the following documents with you:
Orientation Week is a mandatory part of your entrance into the Intensive English program. Throughout this first week, you will complete the necessary training while enjoying welcome activities designed to introduce you to the ASU community. At orientation you will learn about:
Your Online Community
Once registered, you will never miss a deadline. You will become a member of an online community of students. Connect with your classmates, remember academic support activities and social event dates, and learn about important deadlines on the academic calendar, like enrollment and testing dates.
Free student checking accounts may be opened at MidFirst Bank or OneAZ Credit Union. On-campus ATMs are conveniently located, and various bank branches are located off-campus. It is best not to carry around large amounts of cash. A credit card or debit card is the recommended payment method in the United States.
Other forms of currency include:
You can purchase a money order to pay tuition and fees if you open a
checking account with OneAZ Credit Union.
OneAZ Credit Union Contact Information:
Hours: Mon-Fri: 10am-5pm; Sat & Sun: Closed
West campus location:
4776 W. University Way North
Glendale, AZ 85306
You can also open a free checking account at MidFirst Bank.
Have these items ready:
MidFirst Bank Contact Information:
Hours: Mon-Fri: 8am-6pm; Sat: 9am-1pm; Sun: Closed
All students must have ASU-approved health insurance coverage at all times while enrolled. You will be enrolled at registration, and the cost will be charged to your ASU student account.
Health Insurance for Global Launch students is provided by UnitedHealthcare Student Resources. Detailed policy and account information can be found on the following links:
If you have an ASU pre-approved sponsored scholarship that provides other insurance coverage, please submit proof of that sponsored scholarship and insurance coverage, including your insurance card with a U.S. customer service telephone number printed on it.
Sponsored students with ASU approved sponsor insurance coverage and valid financial guarantee on file with Global Launch will be exempt from being enrolled in the Arizona Board of Regents Student Health Insurance Plan for the current semester. All other sponsored students will be automatically charged for ASU insurance.
To be eligible for the automatic exemption, you must ensure that Global Launch has your most updated financial guarantee.
For emergency situations, call 911. If you get sick, contact the on-campus health clinic at the ASU Tempe campus. Call 480-965-3349 to schedule an appointment or visit:
ASU Tempe Health Services
451 E. University Drive (on Palm Walk, north of Global Launch
Semester Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
For an appointment or walk-in care, check-in is required at least 30 minutes before closing time.
On-campus health clinic at the ASU West Campus
Contact the on-campus health clinic at the ASU West Campus if you get sick. Call 480-965-3349 to schedule an appointment or visit:
ASU West Health Services
University Center Building, Room 190
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Wednesday 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.