Pre-Arrival Information


Pre-Arrival Brochure for F-1 Students   /  Pre-Arrival Brochure for J-1 Students

Pre-Arrival Orientation Powerpoint Presentation

Immigration Orientation and Check-in / Pre-Arrival Registration Form

Checklist for New International Students:

  • Request and Obtain your I-20

    International students who wish to study in the U.S. must obtain a form I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for F1 non-immigrant visa) from the International Services office. Click here for more information.

  • Review and sign I-20

    Upon receipt, review the enclosed I-20 carefully. Sign page 1 after confirming all information is accurate and after reading the information on page 3.

  • Pay the SEVIS fee

    Newly admitted students who enter the U.S. for the first time in F-1 status must pay the SEVIS fee ($350) prior to applying for their visa. Payment information is available at

  • Obtain the F-1 visa

    If you are currently abroad, visit a U.S. embassy or consulate in your home country to apply for a visa. You will have to present your I-20 issued by Florida Atlantic University (FAU), passport (valid at least sic months into the future), FAU admission letter, and financial documents to prove availability of funds for your education and living expenses. DO NOT ENTER THE U.S. using a B-1/B-2 tourist visa. B-1/B-2 (tourist) visa holders are not allowed to enroll as students. Application procedures for the F-1 non-immigrant visa vary among consular posts. Please contact the consular office where you plan to obtain your visa for appointment information, forms, fees, and other application details. Canadian students must pay the SEVIS fee but do not have to apply for the F-1 visa at the U.S. Embassy.

  • Make housing arrangements.

    Make housing arrangements before arrival. The International Services office cannot make housing arrangements for you. To live on-campus, students should apply far in advance of the semester start date. For further housing information, visit the housing website at or call 561-297-2880. International students who already have housing arrangements may check in as early as on August 9. Additional cost of $30/night will apply. Please contact the International Services office if you need more information about earlier arrival on campus. For additional off-campus housing information please click here.

  • Prepare for money matters.

    You are expected to have sufficient funds for the period of studies as indicated on the I-20 or DS-2019. For your initial arrival bring cash or travelers' checks to cover your initial expenses, medical insurance, tuition/fees, books and supplies, and initial housing arrangements. Individual financial needs vary greatly, but we recommend that you have at least $3000.00 to $4000.00 in travelers' checks or arrange for a wire transfer of funds that can be immediately available. If you are a graduate student with an assistantship, it may take a month or longer after the beginning of the semester to receive your first payment from the university. Thus you will need to have some funds available to cover your initial expenses. Click here for more information about the cost of attendance.

    • How to pay for tuition?
    • Flywire: Paying tuition with Flywire is safe, fast, and convenient. To learn more about the simple steps to make your payment(s) please visit:
  • Complete the Student Health Services Immunization form


To submit the FAU Immunization Form and additional immunization documentation, complete the following steps:

    1. Review the immunizations requirements
    2. To complete the Immunization form click here
    3. If you need a medical provider to complete the form, they can send the form in via:
  • Bring medical and immunization records with you.

    Florida State Law requires all students to be immunized against Measles and Rubella. Prior to registration you will have to provide medical certificates in English showing you received the required immunizations, or you will have to receive immunizations upon arriving at FAU (for an additional cost to you).

  • Purchase required medical insurance.

    F-1 and J-1 students are required to have medical insurance that meets state-mandated coverage guidelines. Students have two options:

      1. Purchase the FAU insurance plan. Students are automatically enrolled and charged the FAU Student Health Insurance Plan unless they submit a waiver and it is approved before the semester deadline.

2. Students who wish to use an outside plan must complete the waiver form available at


  • Prepare for entry to the United States.

    At the port of entry (i.e. Fort Lauderdale International Airport, Miami International Airport, etc.) you will need to present the following documents: passport with valid F-1 or J-1 visa stamp, FAU I-20 or DS-2019. Be prepared to answer questions about the purpose of your entry to the U.S., what you will be studying, etc. Upon entering the United States you will be assigned an electronic I-94 record. Once you already entered the U.S. go to to print a copy of your I-94 record. You will be later on required to present it at our International Services Office.


Arriving at FAU

  • Click here to learn about transportation information for students traveling from Miami International Airport to FAU's Boca Raton Campus


  • Visit the International Services office.

    Visit the International Services office as soon as you arrive on campus. Check the IS website for office hours and holiday closings.




Important Contact Information at FAU

International Services Office 561-297-3049
Undergraduate Admissions 561-297-2627
Graduate Admissions 561-297-0056/2428
Registrar's Office 561-297-3050
Housing and Residential Education 561-297-2880
Student Health Services 561-297-0048
Immunizations office 561-297-0049
 Last Modified 2/17/20