Note: The services that the International Office provides normally begin after the admissions process is complete. The International Office does not handle admissions at Texas State and cannot answer admissions questions. If you have an admission question or need information, please visit the appropriate admissions office' link below:
You must pay the I-901 SEVIS fee to activate your I-20/SEVIS record.
Save a copy of your I-901 SEVIS fee receipt for your Visa appointment.
You must complete the DS-160 in order to schedule a visa appointment. Learn about the DS-160 here.
It is now Texas Law for all university students under 21 to receive a meningitis vaccination before being allowed to enroll in any classes. The proof of vaccination must be processed in Catsweb and can take a few weeks, so get this vaccination a month in advance of your departure, if possible. The information you need to know about the Meningitis Vaccination can be found on the Health Center Website: http://www.healthcenter.txstate.edu/meningitis
You must activate your Net ID before you can log into Catsweb and get your meningitis vaccination processed. You'll also want to get into Catsweb and check what holds you have on your record that might keep your from enrolling in classes and check your Texas State E-mail often for important notifications.
If you already in F-1 status and are transferring to Texas State from another U.S. school, you MUST Transfer your SEVIS record by filling out a SEVIS TRANSFER-IN REQUEST FORM and have your former school complete it and return it to our office within 60 days of your last day attending classes at the prior school. Without doing this, Texas State will not be able to register your SEVIS record for the semester and you could fall out of status.
When you know what date you'll be arriving, plan where you will stay temporarily and where you will live for the school year using the following information. Review the Housing Comparison Chart that we have created to understand your options.
Hotels: If you cannot find temporary housing before orientation you may stay in a hotel, however this is not ideal because the hotels are not located within walking distance from the campus and are expensive. Rates for local hotels/motels can be found here
For those living in a Residence Hall: Residence Halls allow students to move in a few days before the first day of classes...if you arrive before the halls officially open and you have a contract with Residence Life already, you may request temporary housing in one of the halls that stay open during the breaks, for just $20 per night by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
For those living in Off-Campus Apartments:
Off-campus apartments are all going to function differently. You should let them know that you need to be able to move in before or on the day you arrive so that you will have a place to stay already during orientation. It may be possible to find an off-campus apartment that will let you move in the same day you find it, at our housing fair which will be the Friday prior to orientation, but we recommend we research the apartment complexes and try to make arrangements for one before you arrive.
To live in a Residence Hall (this is not preferred by Graduate Students), you must sign up for a year-long contract through the Residence Life website. Housing and Dining Information and Costs
International Students are automatically charged the Health Insurance Fee and it is included in the tuition bill. If you have your own comparable health insurance, you may be exempt from purchashing the university's health insurance but you must submit an insurance waiver by the deadline each semester. Learn more about the health insurance requirement and the waiver process here: http://www.healthcenter.txstate.edu/international.html