International Student Orientation

Friday, January 16, 1:00 pm, JC Dewberry Hall
  • Before the start of classes we send out email messages with important updates about check-in and orientation. Please enter an email address you check on a regular basis. This can be a personal email address (e.g. or your GMU email address (
  • If you already set up your GMU email, please enter your in the box aboce. If you have not yet set up your GMU email, go to

Travel Advice

ALWAYS hand-carry your important documents during travel to the U.S.! Important documents include your passport, I-20, financial documents, Mason admission letter, International Student Check-in Sheet, and SEVIS fee receipt.

You may arrive in the U.S. no earlier than 30 days before the program start date on your I-20 or DS-2019.

Please review the arrival procedures posted on the website of the US Customs and Border Protection before traveling to the US.


The New Student Guidebook is a pre-arrival and matriculation guide for incoming international students.  It is made by students for students.  The guidebook consists of 9 chapters with tips from current students about housing, transportation, American culture, finding on-campus employment and more.

To learn more, go to the FAQ link "International Student Launchpad."