Before You Arrive

We hope you are excited to begin your studies in Washington DC as an international student at Georgetown University. Being organized and prepared before you leave home will make your arrival much easier. Below you will find a checklist of tasks to complete before your arrival at Georgetown. Please keep in mind that individual academic departments and schools may require additional tasks to be completed. Be sure to read all information you receive from your admitting program as well.

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Submit your Immigration Questionnaire (IQ - instructions in your acceptance letter) to the Office of Global Services (OGS) in order to obtain your Form DS-2019 or I-20.  After you receive your Form I-20 or DS-2019 from OGS, pay the SEVIS fee, file visa application DS-160 and schedule a visa interview at the nearest US embassy/consulate - further instructions can be found here. 

checkbox1 Read the International Student Pre-Arrival Guide for information about housing, tips for academic success, living in Washington DC, and adjusting to US culture
checkbox1 Review the four requirements to complete your immigration registration with OGS and ensure you are prepared to fulfill them upon arrival.
checkbox1 Check your Georgetown email for important information and updates from the Office of Global Services. Your GU email is accessed through your GU NetID. Learn more about how to activate your NetID here. Once your NetID and password are set, you can use them to login to your GU email at
checkbox1 If you are a student receiving a stipend or another form of monetary award from the university, please keep in mind that this money is taxable unless your country has a tax treaty with the US. You should not budget for housing or living expenses under the assumption that you will receive the full amount declared on your offer letter. The amount of taxes removed will be either 14% or 30% depending on your situation. If you are covered by a tax treaty, no taxes will be withheld. Please contact the tax department for the paperwork required once you receive your award letter and have arrived in the US.
checkbox1 Like the Georgetown ISS facebook page and to keep up to date with news from OGS! Do you have a partner or family joining you at Georgetown? Join the Georgetown International Partners & Families facebook group for events and programs for dependents. Find more resources for partners and families here.
checkbox1 Plan travel keeping in mind that you must arrive in the United States no later than the program start date listed on your Form I-20 or DS-2019 and no earlier than 30 days prior to this date. If you cannot enter by the date given on your immigration document, contact our office at
checkbox1 If you're worried about how to get from the airport to campus or your apartment, visit Georgetown University SuperShuttle Portal to book your transportation with our discount!
checkbox1 Submit immunization forms to the Student Health Center by January 1st.  Read more…

Accept the Georgetown University insurance plan in MyAccess. Georgetown mandates that international students accept the University's student health insurance plan.  Only under very limited and specific circumstances will an international student in F-1 or J-1 status be permitted to waive the plan.  


Submit your photo to the GOCard office via email by August 12th in order to ensure your student ID card will be ready when you arrive on campus.

checkbox1 Begin to research housing options if you plan to live off campus.
checkbox1  Establish Authorized User/s to receive email notifications of electronic billing statements (eStatements) and/or submit documentation from sponsoring organization to the Office of Billing & Payment Services and pay your tuition.

For more information, please click on the resources listed below:


The search for off-campus housing in the DC metro area (DC, Virginia and Maryland) must begin prior to your arrival. To search most effectively, we encourage students and scholars to review housing options, prices, maps of the DC metro area, and roommate finders. Read more

Health Insurance & Immunizations

Georgetown University requires all students in F-1 and J-1 status to have adequate health insurance. More specifically, J-1 Exchange Visitors are required by law to maintain adequate health insurance for themselves and for each of their J-2 dependents throughout their program of study.  Read more

Immigration & Visa Information

These pre-arrival immigration and visa guides, compiled by the Office of Global Services (OGS), will assist you with your move to Georgetown University. Read more

Resources for Partners & Families

We would like to extend a special welcome to those of you who are wives, husbands, partners, or children of international students and scholars! You will find that this University, and the Washington DC area, offer a wide range of opportunities. Here is just a sampling of the many resources and services available to you during your time at Georgetown. Please contact us with any questions!  Read more