Before Traveling to the USA

Immigration SEVIS and Student Visa

Immigration SEVIS and Student Visa

International students who plan to study in the Intensive English Program must obtain an F-1 visaClick here to learn more about the SEVIS and Student Visa steps.

Before Traveling to the U.S.
  • Receive your SEVIS Form I-20
  • Process SEVIS Form I-901 and pay your SEVIS fee (Click here for more info)
  • Apply for your DS-160 Online Non-immigrant visa application
  • Schedule a visa interview at the nearest U.S. consulate (Find a location)
  • Pay visa application fee
  • Prepare for visa interview
  • Prepare documents for travel
You will need the documents below to travel to and attend ASU:
  • Passport If your passport is expiring soon, contact your embassy to renew it up to 6 months before the expiration date.
  • I-20 is valid for 18 months.
  • F-1 Visas can only be issued outside of the U.S. by a U.S. Consulate or Embassy
  • I-94 is your "Arrival/Departure Record" in the U.S. immigration system, it is store electronically or stapled in your passport when you enter the U.S. 

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ASU ID and Email Accounts

ASU ID and Email Accounts

Your ASURITE ID, given to you after you applied to Global Launch, is used to access ASU's online student services at MyASU. Your ASURITE must be activated online, along with your ASU email (yourname@asu.edu). This email is your official university address, to recieve all important information about the Pathways program and ASU. Please reference this document for more instructions and information. 

If you do not have an ASURITE User ID and activation code, please call (480) 965-2437. If you need help with the activation process, contact the University Technology office (UTO) Help Desk at 1-855-278-5080. 

Please review computer security guidelines.

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Housing and Dining

Housing and Dining

ASU on-campus housing will become available August 5-6. Please make the necessary arrangements to stay in a hotel if you have chosen to live on campus.

Global Launch students have several options for housing.  Please see the Housing page on our website for more information.

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MMR Immunization

MMR Immunization

You must submit your measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) immunization form before you can register for classes. The form is included in your admission packet. Visit the ASU Health Services website for more information. 

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Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are billed to your MyASU account (http://my.asu.edu).  Charges may change if a schedule change is made.  Full payment of tuition and fees is due no later than 5:00 p.m. on the 5th day of classes.  If you have unpaid charges on your account, you will receive late fees until your charges are paid.

If you are sponsored by your government or another organization, you must submit your financial guarantee letter to the Sponsored Student Office no later than the 10th day of classes or you will be responsible for full payment of tuition, fees and health insurance.

If you have past due charges on your account, you will not be allowed to register for the next session and may be expelled after the last day of the current session. 

To access online billing:

  • Go to my.asu.edu, and click "My finances"
  • Select "Make a Payment"

You will need between $2,000 and $3,000 USD for living expenses and incidentals for the first few weeks of your program. Please be sure to have access to these funds, but you should not travel with large amounts of cash. Instead, carry a smaller amount of cash and use a credit card or purchase traveler's checks before traveling to the U.S.

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Travel Arrangements and Arrival

Travel Arrangements and Arrival

Global Launch will provide each student with one free ride from Phoenix Sky Harbor airport to an ASU campus, hotel or housing address.

Your free ride can be redeemed for one person, 2 pieces of luggage and 1 carry-on item.

If you have more than two pieces of luggage and 1 carry on, please email lmoore@supershuttle.com with your confirmation number and the number of luggage pieces that you will bring with you.

After purchasing your airplane ticket, click here to make your Super Shuttle reservation online.

You will need:

  • Your group code: YPYTC

  • Your flight arrival information (flight number, flight date, flight time)

  • Your student ID number and last name

  • Your email address and phone number

 


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Orientation and Welcome Events

Orientation and Welcome Events

All students must attend the Intensive English Program Orientation week and welcome events.

In addition to check-in and registration, these events will help acquaint students with university resources, meet other international students, and learn how to get involved on campus.

Details will be provided upon arrival.

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Identification (ID) Cards

Identification (ID) Cards

Students have the option to obtain the Sun Card or the Pitchfork Card when they arrive at ASU. The Sun Card is an official ASU student photo ID that allows you to complete in-person transactions and gain access to library and other services. The Pitchfork Card is two cards in one — it is an ASU student ID card and a MasterCard® check card.

Read more to understand the main differences between the Sun Card and the Pitchfork Card.

Get your Sun Card or Pitchfork Card as soon as you arrive at ASU. It is also highly recommended that you obtain an Arizona state ID card. Or, if you want to drive in the U.S., you need to get an Arizona driver license (instead of an Arizona state ID card).

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