Admitted ELC Students

Congratulations on your admission to the English Language Center at Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies! Please see below for helpful resources and important steps to complete both before and after you arrive in Washington, D.C.

Before You Arrive

  1. Accept your offer of enrollment

    Let us know whether you will be attending by completing the enrollment form, located in your decision letter within your application account. There is a $200 deposit required when you submit your intent to enroll.

  2. Ensure your immigration documents are in order

    Make sure you have completed all the steps detailed on our Visas & Immigration Documents page. After you receive your I-20 from Georgetown ELC, file visa application DS-160 and schedule an interview at the nearest US embassy/consulate.

  3. Review student handbooks

    Carefully read the International Student Handbook and the SCS Student Handbook for important information about your time at Georgetown SCS.

  4. Set your permanent Georgetown password

    If you have not already done so, set your permanent Georgetown password using the University login credentials provided in your decision letter. You’ll use these credentials to access the student portal, and more. Once you have created your password, you can set up your Georgetown email account.

  5. Complete health insurance & immunization requirements

    All students on F-1 visa status are required to have the Georgetown University STINT health insurance plan.


    All students are required to have their doctor complete the immunization form and bring it on the first day of the program. If you do not provide proof of immunization, you will be required to receive the vaccinations at Georgetown. These vaccinations can be very expensive.

    • All students must have a tuberculosis skin test within 12 months of the program
    • Students under the age of 26 must present documentation for:
      • Tetanus/Diphtheria: 1 dose within 10 years
      • Hepatitis B: 3 doses
      • Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Varicella: 2 doses
    • Students under the age of 18 must present documentation for:
      • Polio
  6. Get your GOCard

    All students enrolled at Georgetown ELC must have a valid GOCard. Submit your photo to the GoCard office via email in order to ensure your ID card will be ready when you arrive at Georgetown ELC.

  7. Review our Housing & Neighborhood Guide

    We offer a variety of tools and resources to help you find off-campus housing and roommates. When making your travel plans, please keep in mind that you must arrive in the U.S. no later than the program start date listed on your Form I-20 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

  8. Manage your billing and set up payments

    The Office of Billing and Payment Services offers a variety of payment plan options and information concerning tuition and fees, important dates, contact information, and how-to guides for the online self-service portal. Establish Authorized User(s) to receive email notifications of electronic billing statements and/or submit documentation from sponsoring organization to the Office of Billing & Payment Services and pay your tuition.

After 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

    Please report your address and phone number in MyAccess by the first day of class. Be sure to select and fill out “local off-campus address.” 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. New Student Orientation and Visa Orientation

    After you enter the United States, complete the Immigration Document Review by uploading to your international student portal a copy of the following documents to the international student portal:

    Visit the Georgetown University International Student Portal and enter your credentials to upload your documents. F-1 students who are accompanied by F-2 dependent(s) must also upload F-2 dependent immigration documents (Form I-20, F-2 visa stamp, entry stamp, and I-94 record).

    All F-1 students are required to attend a mandatory Visa Immigration and Compliance Session. Students will receive more information about this important event via email.

  3. Review Our Resources for Current Students

  4. Review the Office of Global Services International Student & Scholar Services page

    Familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations governing your immigration status.