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Pre-Arrival Information

Checklist for New or Transfer Students

We are pleased that you've chosen Florida State University for your academic degree.

After you have been admitted to FSU, there's lots to do.. Review this checklist to find out what to do next!

  • Read the Pre-Arrival Information brochure
    • This brochure provides detailed information about the visa process and what to expect at each stage of your transition to FSU. We will send you a printed copy of this helpful resource with your I-20 package. Your package will also include your welcome letter, an FSU map, and a Pre-Arrival Checklist.
  • Activate your FSUID/FSU email account:
    • Go to:
    • Click on the red link for "Activate your FSUID" (located below the "Login" section).
    • Enter your EMPLID, a nine-digit number which was sent to you in an automated email at the beginning of the Admissions process. Enter your first and last name and birth date. Enter the last 5 digits of your FSU-assigned temporary ID number (listed at the top of your Center for Global Engagement Welcome Letter) or US Social Security Number, if you have one.
    • This creates your FSU email account and allows you to login to the student information website (also called "myFSU") at As a student, you will use the site often for class registration, fee payment, viewing grades, email, and more.
    Note: Your FSU temporary ID (999 number) is NOT a U.S. social security number and can only be used for university purposes.
  • Complete the Online Immigration Session (mandatory)
    • Before you come to the US--Watch this brief presentation on maintaining your F-1 immigration status. You must pass a quiz on the information before you can register for your specific International Student Check-In & Orientation date and time. See more information here.
  • Register for International Student Check-In & Orientation (mandatory)
    • Attendance at International Student Check-In & Orientation is mandatory for you to be able to register for classes. You must attend your scheduled session and bring all of the required check-in immigration documents with you.
    • This orientation is in addition to other required orientations from either your graduate academic department or the undergraduate university orientation.
  • Make travel arrangements to Tallahassee after you have obtained your visa. Plan to arrive in the U.S. no earlier than 30 days before the start date on you I-20 or DS-2019 (per federal regulations). Plan to arrive in time to attend all required orientations.
  • Research Housing Options:
    • For on-campus housing, apply as early as possible at
      • See our Housing Options webpage and your Pre-Arrival Brochure to begin comparing other housing options.
      • Arrange for housing before you arrive in Tallahassee. Make temporary housing arrangements, if necessary (e.g., if your apartment complex will be closed when you arrive and you cannot check in, or if you arrive before your apartment's move-in date)
        • If your apartment requires you to turn on utilities, please follow the instructions in the Pre-Arrival Brochure under Utilities.
        • Contact your apartment complex in advance if you will be arriving after-hours (usually after 5pm or 6pm) or on weekends. You may have to stay at a hotel overnight if your apartment complex is not open.
  • Submit the Health Compliance Forms to University Health Services:
    • All students must meet immunization requirements and complete the required compliance forms before registering for classes. You should complete these required forms BEFORE you leave your home country.
    • The Student Immunization Record form must be signed by a medical professional in English.
    • Check the status of your Health Compliance forms approval online using the Admissions Online Status Check. .
  • Mandatory Insurance Requirement:
    • You will not be allowed to register for classes until you have purchased insurance at
    • You may purchase the university-approved plan online before your arrival.
    • Charges for the insurance premium will be added to your student account. You can either pay those charges immediately or pay them at the same time you pay your tuition and/or fee charges.
    • Government-funded students whose financial sponsor pays FSU directly for insurance may leave the charges on their account for the sponsor to pay. Government-funded students must remember to submit Third Party billing forms to Student Financial Services by the third day of each semester.
Get connected:

FSU Student Organizations:

To view the complete list of International Student Organizations in FSU and their details, Please visit

Social Media at Florida State gives a complete list of Facebook, Twitter, youtube and LinkedIn pages from many of Florida State's colleges, departments and organizations.

Take a virtual tour of FSU! Before you arrive, it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the FSU campus and surrounding area.

Find out about U.S. Culture:
  • EducationUSA - Department of State web site dedicated to the needs of international students. Lots of videos and online chat sessions offered about preparing for U.S study, visa questions, and more! Locate an EducationUSA center near you and ask them questions before you go!
  • EduPass site about U.S. social customs and cultural differences
  • International Student Guide - site discusses cultural adjustment and transitioning to U.S.
  • Pre-Departure Information for Chinese Students - Created by the NAFSA: Association of International Educators, this website provides general information about what to expect in the US and can be helpful to new students from any country.