New Students

OISS operations for Fall 2020 have been updated due to COVID-19 and the information below may not apply. Please see Operations Fall 2020 for current operating details.

All new F and J international students are required to check in at the OISS (240 Student Center) as well as complete UNITED International Student Orientation.

  • Visit the Study in the States website: The Study in the States website has great information about visas, traveling, forms and your arrival.
  • Review your I-20 or DS-2019: Make sure the following items are correct: your name, date of birth, country of birth, country of citizenship, major, degree level, English language proficiency (on the I-20 only) and finances.
  • Pay SEVIS I-901 fee: Make sure you have your receipt! You will need this receipt each time you travel into the United States.** Starting June 24, 2019 the I-901 SEVIS Fee will increase. Please visit Study in the States website for more information. 
  • Make your visa appointment: Contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate near you to learn how to make an appointment and the required documents needed.

Following is the checklist you must do before traveling to EMU:

1. Activate your My Emich account.

Go to instructions for how to activate your emich.edu account.

2. SEVIS Check-in and International Student Orientation will take place virtually for the fall 2020 term due to COVID-19.

Please check your emich.edu email for information on how to sign up.

3. Register for classes

Classes fill up quickly! Make sure you communicate with an academic advisor before arriving to EMU.

Maintain full-time enrollment, attend classes and make normal progress toward your degree.

  • Undergraduate (bachelor's) students = minimum of 12 credit hours per term
  • Graduate students = minimum of 8 credit hours per term
  • IEP Students=minimum of 18 credit hours per term
  • Students may choose not to enroll during the spring and/or summer terms, unless it is your first term at EMU
  • All F-1 students are allowed to only count one online course per term toward full-time status. If you are only enrolled in one class, this class cannot be online.

As you are an F-1 student you have to maintain F-1 status to know more information about how to maintain your F-1 status. Find more information.

5. Housing

  • For on-campus housing you can find information on the Residence Life site. Please be advised all first-year freshman (undergraduate) students are required to live on campus.
  • For off-campus housing: If you are not a freshman (first year) bachelor's degree student, you may live off-campus. There are many apartments available near EMU. You can find more information in the Tenants and Landlords: A Practical Guide [PDF].

6. Health Insurance and vaccines

  • All EMU International students are required to have health insurance. You will be enrolled for EMU Student health insurance when you register for classes. Find more information about health insurance and waivers and recommended vaccines
  • While you're a student at EMU, you should consider the IHA Health Center to be your first source for health information. Find out more information about international student health care services.
  • Mandatory TB screening may be required for some international students arriving from specific countries. Please check if you are required to complete TB testing. If required, you must take your test after arriving to United States (failure to complete your required TB test will result with a hold on your student record). A certificate of completion may be required to satisfy requirements. Please see your International Student Advisor during Orientation for further.
  • To print your EMU health insurance ID card please see the instructions [PDF]
  • If you have questions, you can email [email protected].

7. Pay tuition and fees

You will get your first eBill after you register for classes. 

We suggest viewing eBill each month to ensure that all your fees are paid; otherwise, you will incur a late payment fee. 

To view your eBill:

  • Login into your 'my.emich' account.
  • Click "eBill" under EMU links (bottom left side).
  • Sign in using your EID (your student ID number) and PIN (To find out your PIN click on the Student tab in your my.emich account and it will be under Personal Information).
  • Click on the eBill tab to view your most recent bill.
  • Understanding your eBill
  • How to Pay

Traveling to EMU

  • Have the proper immigration documents with you: EMU I-20 or DS-2019, passport, visa, I-901 SEVIS receipt and admission letter.
  • All the first time travel information can be found on the travel information page.
  • Transportation from the airport to campus: Have the name and address of the place you will be staying.

Following is the checklist you must do after traveling to EMU:

1. Check your EMU email for Updates

Check your EMU email regularly for information from the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) and other departments on the EMU campus.

2. Update your address in my.emich

Go to instructions for how to change your address in my.emich [PDF].

3. EMU Eagle One (student I.D.) Card

After you’ve updated your my.emich account with your local address and have registered for fall 2020 classes, you can request your student ID also known as Eagle OneCard

You can submit an online photo submission for the Eagle OneCard.

4. United International Student Orientation.

Due to COVID-19, United International Student Orientation will be held virtually for Fall 2020. Information about orientation is coming soon. Please check your emich.edu email.

5. Complete the virtual SEVIS Check-in

Submit your documents and complete the New Student Information Sheet online. This will allow OISS to register your arrival to EMU. SEVIS Check-in is mandatory. If you do not complete the virtual SEVIS Check-in, your I-20 or DS-2019 will be terminated and you must leave the U.S. immediately.

6. TB Testing

Mandatory TB screening may be required for some international students arriving from specific countries. Please check if you are required to complete TB testingIf required, you must take your test after arriving to United States (failure to complete your required TB test will result with a hold on your student record). A certificate of completion may be required to satisfy requirements. Please see your International Student Advisor during Orientation for further information.

SEVIS Check-in
Orientation

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