Admitted International Students

Congratulations on your admission to the School of Continuing Studies at Georgetown University! Please see below for important steps you must take both before you arrive and after you arrive in Washington.

Before You Arrive

Once You Arrive

Before You Arrive

We hope you are excited to begin your studies in Washington, D.C. as an international student at Georgetown SCS. 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 your individual program may require additional tasks to be completed. Be sure to read all information you receive from your admitting program as well.

International Student Pre-Arrival Checklist

  1. Follow the immigration checklist found here. Submit your Immigration Questionnaire to Georgetown SCS in order to obtain an I-20 or DS-2019. After you receive your I-20 or DS-2019 from SCS, file visa application DS-160 and schedule an interview at the nearest US embassy/consulate. 
  2. Carefully read the International Student Handbook and the SCS Student Handbook for important information about your stay at Georgetown SCS. 
  3. Check your Georgetown email for important information and updates from SCS. Your GU email is accessed through your NetID. Learn more about how to activate your NetID here. Once your NetID and password are set, you can use them to login to you GU email at
  4. 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
  5. Submit immunization form to the Student Health Center. Read more.
  6. Submit your photo to the GoCard office via email in order to ensure your ID card will be ready when you arrive at SCS.
  7. Begin to research housing options if you will live off campus. 
  8. 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.


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

Health Insurance & Immunizations

Georgetown University requires all students on F-1 and J-1 visa 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 here.

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 here.

Resources for Families

We would like to extend a special welcome to those of you who are wives, husbands, partners, or children of international students! You will find that this University, and the Washington, D.C. area, offers 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 here

Once You Arrive

Upon arrival to the United States, admitted international students must follow these steps to complete immigration registration with Georgetown:

1. Report Your Local Address and Phone Number in the University's database, MyAccess, by the first day of class.

Be sure to select and fill out “local off-campus address” in MyAccess. This can be done before you arrive in the United States if you have your future address. Please use your hotel or other temporary address until you have found more permanent accommodations. Detailed instructions for filling out your address can be found here.
2. Attend the mandatory Immigration Document Review and Compliance Session  on Monday, May 22, 2017, at  2pm, C123.  Bring your passport, I-20 and I-94 to this session.

Fall info will be available soon!

 See directions to the Georgetown SCS Campus here.


Other Resources

On-Campus Offices and Services

Financial Aid for International Students

Banking Information

Centers for ESL

Cell Phone Information

Ethnic Grocery Stores


Legal Issues and Resources

Obtaining a Driver’s License


Shopping Essentials

Social Security Numbers

Embassies in Washington, D.C.

SCS Financial Aid Webinar — Summer 2017

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