New Students

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.
  • 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.

Watch this video for instructions.

2. Sign up for International Student Orientation.

3. Sign up for SEVIS Check-in.

Fill out the new international student information sheet, which you will bring with you to the check-in.

4. 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 eight 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
  • 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 with the EMU Snow Health Center after arriving to United States (failure to complete your required TB test will result with a hold on your student record). 
  • To print your EMU health insurance ID card please see the instructions [PDF]
  • If you have questions, please contact the Snow Health Center at

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

Watch this video to see the instructions.

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

Get your photo taken for your I.D. at the EagleOne office in 201 Pierce Hall and for more information, go to the EagleOne Card page. Make sure you put your local address in my.emich before going to the EagleOne office.

4. Attend United International Student Orientation.

During UNITED orientation, you will learn about immigration rules, learn about EMU and meet other new students. Attendance is mandatory.

5. Attend SEVIS Check-in

Bring your documents and complete the New Student Information Sheet online. This will allow OISS to register your arrival to EMU. Attendance is mandatory. If you do not attend a SEVIS Check-in session, 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 testing. If required, you must take your test with the EMU Snow Health Center after arriving to United States (failure to complete your required TB test will result with a hold on your student record).

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