Orientation & Immigration Requirements
Orientation is MANDATORY for all incoming International Students. The Orientation fee is $100 and this fee covers the cost of meals, airport shuttle to Columbus, activities and transportation during orientation.
Orientation will be held the Thursday and Friday prior to the beginning of classes. Optional events may be planned for the night and weekend. Please plan to arrive on Tuesday or Wednesday of orientation week.
Monday, August 13th - International students may begin checking in to their campus housing. If you are living on campus and need to make a shopping trip to purchase groceries and household items shopping trips will begin on Tuesday at 1:00 pm.
TENTATIVE ORIENTATION SCHEDULE
Tuesday August 14th - Shopping trip to a local grocery store to pick up supplies - 1:00 PM
Wednesday August 15th -This is not mandatory - Students may check in with the Center for Global Engagement Schuster 117 anytime between 10 and 4 for questions or assistance.
* Wells Fargo Bank representative on site to assist with bank accounts from 2:00 - 4:00.
* Shopping trip will will occur at 10:30 am for students who need to purchase items for their apartments.
YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE HERE THE ENTIRE TIME - JUST STOP BY AT YOUR CONVENIENCE
** Thursday & Friday - August 16th & 17th - Formal orientation sessions will be held during this time. We will discuss culture and immigration issues as well as tour and learn about the Columbus State Campus and what to expect in your classes.
THERE WILL BE NO INDIVIDUAL MAKE UP SESSIONS
Sign up for International Orientation on the Center for International Education web site at:
$100 - includes shuttle service from Atlanta to Columbus, orientation meals, transportation and activities during orientation - payment must be made by August 3rd to guarantee shuttle reservation. Your reservation will be made for your shuttle and a confirmation will be e-mailed to you.
$50 - includes orientation meals, transportation during orientation and activities - if you choose to only pay $50 you must make you own arrangements for the shuttle service and pay them directly. The web link for reservations is: http://groomecol.hudsonltd.net/res
If you do not make reservations for the shuttle through Columbus State or through the reservation system you can still catch the shuttle in Atlanta however you will have to wait until they have an available seat AND WILL NEED TO BE PREPARED TO PAY FOR YOUR SERVICE.
PAY ORIENTATION FEE AT:
You may also call the Bursar's office and make a credit card payment at 706-507-8897.
Fall 2018 Orientation Schedule will be published in late July
The following documents must be uploaded to Admissions to verify your legal entry into the United States. You MUST submit these documents along with additional documents completed during orientation to complete your immigration file. THIS MUST BE DONE BY AUGUST 24TH, 2018:
I-94 - you can obtain this from this web site: https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home
You should also keep a copy of this document with your I-20 - this verifies your legal entry in to the US and you will need this for various things
I-20 or DS-2019 - please provide a PDF of your I-20 with your signature on it - read page 3 before signing Always keep your original I-2o's in a protected place
F1 or J1 Visa - please provide a PDF copy of your approved Visa
Link to submit documents: