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 on Tuesday, September 24th.
    • Copy of information page of your passport (you must have your physical passport available during check-in)
    • 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). 
  • 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 6 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 3rd 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. A letter will be emailed to your SPU email account in late August outlining the insurance requirements.
  • 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 September 23rd.
  • Read our guidance on how to rent in the Seattle area.
  • Check your SPU email throughout the summer for important information and updates from the International Student Servicesoffice 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)