Once You Arrive

These checklists provide useful information to help ease the transition to your new environment once you have arrived in the United States. Please keep in mind that individual 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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checkbox1 Secure transportation to your place of residence. Learn more about transportation options. We recommend downloading the free CityMapper App to help find your way around upon arriving - it will provide you with directions via metro, driving, or on foot to all parts of the city.
checkbox1 Move in to your residence hall during the designated move-in times if you are living on campus.
checkbox1 Report your "Local Off-Campus" address in MyAccess if you are living off campus.
checkbox1 Utilize Georgetown’s housing search resources if you are still searching for a place to live.
checkbox1 Familiarize yourself with the campus map and locate the Office of Global Services (OGS) in the Car Barn Building, Suite 210.

Complete the Immigration Document Review within 24 hours of your arrival in the U.S. Don't have a scanner? No problem, you can upload photos of your documents from your phone. Georgetown's campus is fully wi-fi enabled.

checkbox1 Attend the mandatory international student orientation if you are a new student in F-1 or J-1 visa status.

Visit OGS during walk-in hours to get a travel signature on your Form I-20 or DS-2019. You will need this signature before you leave the country in order to re-enter. 

checkbox1 Pick up your GOCard from the GOCard office or at your Residential Hall Office (RHO) during move-in if you are living on campus.
checkbox1 Learn about campus safety resources and check the embassy website of your country of citizenship to register at your embassy.
checkbox1 Open a bank account.
checkbox1 Obtain a cell phone and cell phone plan. Free SIM Cards from www.campussims.com will be available in the OGS Welcome Center (can only be used with unlocked phones, students must register for a plan with CampusSims independently).
checkbox1 Purchase shopping essentials for your home, explore local food and grocery options and food from home
checkbox1 Sign up for HoyAlert, Georgetown's emergency alert notification system. 


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checkbox1 Attend the J-1 scholar orientation (Tuesday, 10-11a.m.) or a check-in appointment (for J-1 student interns and other visa types) in the Office of Global Services.

If you will be paid by a U.S. source, apply for a Social Security Number 1-2 days after you have attended the J-1 orientation or check-in appointment.


If you will be paid by Georgetown, complete the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form on your 1st day of work with your Department HR Contact (Medical Center, Law Center or University Services) or with Human Resources (HR Main Campus). For Main Campus, schedule an appointment by e-mailing i-9@georgetown.edu. 


If you will be paid by Georgetown, once you have your SSN and are in the GMS Human Resources system, set up your tax withholding by completing the Tax Office Google form and following their instructions for submitting "employee tax documents for non US persons".   E-mail any questions to taxdepartment@georgetown.edu.


If you will be paid by Georgetown and are eligible for GU health insurance, attend a benefits orientation.  You must sign up for health insurance within the first 60 days.


If you are not paid by the University and are a Visiting Researcher on the Main CampusCheck in with Mr. Larry Brown in the Office of the Provost (3307 M Street, NW Suite 202).  Please bring a copy of your Visiting Researcher letter and a valid photo ID.  Visiting Researcher office hours are Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  All other check-in times are by appointment only. 


If you are not paid by the University and are a Visiting Researcher at the Law Center: Check in with Mariah Strauch-Nelson.


If you are not paid by the University and are an Affiliated Researcher, Medical Center Researcher or Student Intern: Check in with your Department Administrator.


Obtain your GOCard after your information has been entered into the Human Resources system. Take your passport and invitation/appointment letter to the GOCard office  Darnall Hall, Room G-3.   (Law Center Visiting Researchers check in at the Law Center.)

checkbox1 Set up your e-mail account. To obtain your NetID, enter your information at http://contact.georgetown.edu/.

Check the Office of Transportation Management website for the shuttle bus schedule and information about parking on campus.


Visit Yates Field House for information on recreational and sports facilities.  Find out about GU Wellness Program activities at http://wellness.georgetown.edu/.


If you need assistance in finding housing for your stay, visit the Office of Neighborhood Life (1300 36th St.). Housing listings are also available on their website.

checkbox1 Sign up for Hoya Alert, Georgetown's emergency alert notification system.