Grand Valley State University is home to 428 F-1 and J-1 international students. Our office advocates for international students on campus and serves as a primary resource for legal, cultural, and social matters for international students. We work closely with many offices across campus, as well as organizations in our community to help international students feel at home and connected with community.

OPT Information

For those of you graduating in December, 2017- The MANDATORY OPT Fair will be on Friday, September 22 from 1-3pm in 174 Lake Ontario Hall.  Please bring with you: 

  1. 2 copies of your passport identification page,
  2. 2 copies of your F-1 Visa 
  3. 2 copies of EACH of your I-20's
  4. 2 copies of your I-94
  5. a check or money order payable to USCIS for $410.00 
  6. $3.00 cash
  7. complete online and print Form G-1145
  8. complete online and print Form I-765
    • #3 US Mailing Address:
      • Street Number: c/o Stoetzner, 1 Campus Drive
      • Apt #: 130 LOH
      • City: Allendale
      • State: MI
      • Zip Code: 49401
    • #16 Eligibility: (C) (3) (B)

Additionally, you will need to complete the form found here sometime between September 17 and September 21.  

More information about OPT will be provided at the OPT Fair.

If you do not have your I-94- google "electronic I-94" and then complete the required information and download it from the internet!


The Health Insurance information can be found here

Required Forms for New (Fall 2017) international students

Please complete these required forms: 

Student Information  F1 Student Regulations   J1 Student Regulations

Walk-In Hours

If you would like to speak with Kate or Libby about any question you may have, please plan to come by the office during walk-in hours!

First come, first served!

Monday & Wednesdays: 2:30-4:30pm
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 9am-11am

If you cannot come during one of the designated walk-in times, please call 616 331 3898 or email istudents@gvsu.edu to make an appointment.

Planning to Attend GVSU!

Find more information regarding your arrival at Grand Rapids, your on and off campus housing options and your course registration.



Please complete these required forms: 

Student Information  F1 Student Regulations   J1 Student Regulations


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