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
- We'll also send you a printed copy of this helpful resource with your I-20 package. Your package will also include your welcome letter, a FSU map, and a Pre-Arrival Checklist.
- Register for International Student Orientation (mandatory)
- Attendance at International Student Orientation is mandatory for you to be able to register for classes.
- This orientation is in addition to orientations from either your graduate academic department or the undergraduate university orientation.
- You must check-in at the Center for Global Engagement at least one day before orientation(or one hour before orientation for Spring 2014).
Activate your FSU email account:
- Go to: http://my.fsu.edu
- Click on "Activate your FSUID" (located to the right of the "Login" button).
- 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 your FSU-assigned temporary ID number (listed at 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 my.fsu.edu. As a student, you will use the site often for class registration, fee payment, getting parking passes, 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.
- 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).
Research Housing Options:
- For on-campus housing, apply as early as possible at housing.fsu.edu.
- 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 Health History Form to Students Health Services:
- All students must meet immunization requirements and complete this form before registration for classes. You should complete this form BEFORE you leave your home country.
- This form must be signed by a medical professional in English.
- Check the status of your Health History form approval online using the Admissions Online Status Check.
Mandatory Insurance Requirement:
- The State of Florida requires all students to either purchase the university-approved plan or submit an online waiver confirming that they have coverage that meets all insurance requirements.
- You will not be allowed to register for classes until you have met this requirement.
- Purchase the university-approved plan online before your arrival from the Student Health Services.
- Do not purchase a non-university plan until you confirm that the plan meets ALL insurance requirements!
FSU Student Organizations:
To view the complete list of International Student Organizations in FSU and their details, Please visit https://nolecentral.dsa.fsu.edu/organizations.
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.
- 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.