New International Student Checklist

  • Register for required International Student Orientation
  • Copy all required document copies while at home; bring them to orientation check-in with your passport.
    • Copy of visa page with entry stamp.
    • I-94 form. (Go to the DHS Website to print out this form.)
    • Copies of all previous I-20 forms, including a copy of your EAD card only if you have engaged in OPT previously.
    • If you are a sponsored student: Copy of your Financial Guarantee.
    • Fully completed: Student Information sheet and Maintenance of Status form.
    • Copy of your Medical History records, including vaccination history and proof of other health insurance (insurance card) if you will not be purchasing health insurance through SPU (for SACM-sponsored students only). 
      • Note: Medical History records must be submitted to Health Services in Watson Hall.
      • Do not pack them in your luggage.
  • Read through the International Student Pre-Arrival Information for tips to prepare for arrival in Seattle.
  • If you plan to live on campus, make sure you have applied for housing and a meal plan.
  • Undergraduate students should register for All-Student Orientation or Transfer-Student Express.
  • Undergraduate students: Sign up for NSA (New Student Advising) here and be sure you register for classes! you may call the NSA Hotline at: 206-281-2575 or email NSA at nsa@spu.edu.
  • Graduate students: Contact your graduate coordinator in your program department.
  • Carry your documents with you when you travel — do not pack them in your luggage:
    • I-20 issued by SPU.
    • Passport (valid at least six months into the future).
    • Visa to the U.S.
    • A copy of your financial documents such your bank summary copies or your financial guarantee if sponsored by a third party
    • A copy of your SEVIS 901 fee receipt.
  • Make financial arrangements to obtain cash (USD) or traveler’s checks upon arrival. (This service is offered at international airports, such as Seattle-Tacoma, and at most banks.)
  • Review SPU’s health insurance information.
  • Review the Health Services incoming student requirements.
  • Print out a Seattle “Destination” sheet to provide to your transportation driver at the Sea-Tac Airport.
  • “Like” the SPU International Student Club page to receive news and connect with other SPU international students!
  • Plan for temporary housing/hotel/homestay — remember, you should plan to arrive in Seattle prior to January 7.
  • Read our guidance on how to rent in the Seattle area.
  • Check your SPU email throughout the autumn for important information and updates from the International Student Services Office, as well as other offices on campus. 
  • Pay your tuition to Student Financial Services (SFS). 
    • Note: If you are on a government scholarship, you will submit your financial letter directly to International Student Services (iss@spu.edu).