F-1 Student Orientation & Information

Housing Options

Start researching housing options before you arrive in the US. This will make your first few days in Atlanta less stressful.

Online Check-in

iStart Check-in

Please complete check-in online after you arrive in the U.S and before attending orientation. Students are not allowed to attend classes without checking in online.

Address Check-in

Please update your local Atlanta address.

Immunization Record Check-in

All Georgia Tech students must meet the university's immunization requirements. You should try to collect and bring as many of your immunization records as possible prior to arriving in Atlanta. All immunization records must have a doctor signature, official date of immunization, and official stamp. Bring all available immunization records with you to campus on the day of the Orientation with the Georgia Tech Certificate of Required Immunizations. A representative from the Stamps Health Center will review the records to determine if you are missing any required immunizations. If you need to take additional shots, the student medical insurance will cover 100% of the costs for shots taken at the Stamps Health Center.

Health Insurance Check-in

When a student needs additional medical attention that cannot be provided by the Stamps Health Center, UnitedHealthcare provides comprehensive medical insurance that is widely accepted at hospitals, emergency rooms and specialists in metro Atlanta.

For F-1 visa holders, this insurance is mandatory.

Payment Options


International Credit/Debit Card or Wire TransferIf you will pay with an international credit/debit card or with an international wire transfer, you may pay using Flywire before or after you travel to Atlanta. Learn more about Flywire's Best Price Guarantee.
Credit CardA 2.85% service fee will be charged during payment. Click Here for Instructions
Electronic Check/WebCheckThere is no fee to use this method of payment. However, a $30 fee will be assessed for a check that is returned by the bank due to insufficient funds or incorrect information.You will need the Account number and Routing number from your bank. Click Here for Instructions
Sponsored StudentsIf your financial guarantee or other scholarship award letter has not been received by the Language Institute when classes begin, you will be required to pay a temporary $500 deposit in order to attend class until the financial guarantee is received.

Orientation Info

Monday, August 21st
9:00 AMCheck In: Report to the O'Keefe Building (Location 151 6th Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30332-0374)
9:30 AM - 11:00 AMLanguage Institute Orientation
11:00 AM - 12:30 PMBuzzcard Office and Campus Tour
Wednesday, August 23rd
12:00 PM - 12:45 PMImmunization and Health Insurance check


Our location: 151 6th Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30332

There is no free parking at the Language Institute. If you are driving to the Institute and need to park your vehicle, you may pay to park at the Technology Square parking deck, located at 770 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30308. The parking deck is a short walk from the Language Institute.

We encourage the use of public transportation. Georgia Tech offers a free campus shuttle to and from the Midtown MARTA station. The shuttle will take you to the corner of 5th and Techwood, one block from the Language Institute.


Additional Resources

Pre-arrival Information

Get ready for your arrival in Atlanta with the pre-arrival information packet. It outlines what you need to bring, how to travel from the airport, where to stay after you arrive, and other important information to help you have a successful start.

Change of Plan Form

Complete a Change of Plan Form if you need to cancel or defer your enrollment to a later session.

Visa and SEVIS Information

How do I apply for an F-1 student visa?

  1. After you receive your I-20 from the Language Institute, you should contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for an appointment. Click here to find out the approximate waiting time for a student visa at the embassy or consulate closest to your home. You are encouraged to apply for your visa early to provide enough time for visa processing. The consular officer may need to get special clearances depending on the course of study and your nationality. This can take some additional time.
  2. You need to pay the $350 SEVIS fee before your visa appointment. The easiest way to pay this fee is online. Use these instructions to apply for your visa and pay the SEVIS fee Visa Application Instructions.


Before you go for your appointment

  1. Find out what additional documents you will need to have (transcripts, diplomas, letters from an employer, letters from your school, etc.).Each embassy has its own requirements for issuing visas. Use these tips here to prepare for your visa interview.
  2. Review the Guide to Study in the States provided by Study in the States. The website will take you through the entire lifecycle of becoming an F-1 student, including Before School, During School, and After School.
  3. Review the EducationUSA webpage here covering the F-1 visa application process. EducationUSA advising centers offer assistance with preparing for visa interviews and offer pre-departure orientation.