We've collected your most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and answered them for you on this page. They cover:


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  • When can I apply for my visa at a US Embassy in my country?
    You will be able to apply for your visa as soon as you have received your I-20, paid the required SEVIS fee at www.fmjfee.com, AND the US Embassy in your country has opened for non-immigrant visa appointments.  Please check the US Embassy website in your country for details: www.state.gov
  • What if I cannot apply before the self-isolation period?
    Please email Chris Hendree hendreec@gvsu.edu  for details on how to defer or apply for a future semester at GVSU.
  • What is the latest date I can defer my admission if I cannot obtain a visa before Fall semester begins?
    We will need final information from you on December 15, 2020
  • What tips do you have about my visa interview?
    Be prepared to show that you are academically and financially a strong candidate to enter the US.  You must be able to convince the Visa Officer that your specific degree at GVSU will make a difference in your future in your home country. We believe that finances will be heavily scrutinized during this time, because the pandemic has been devastating to families around the world


  • What is the application deadline?
    November 15 is the GVSU Housing Application Priority Deadline. We recommend applying before you know if you visa is approved so you are certain you will have a place on-campus. If you need to cancel, your housing deposit will be refunded to you.
  • How can I apply for GVSU Housing?
    Here is the link to Apply: https://www.gvsu.edu/housing/students/applying-for-on-campus-housing-38.htm
    Please make sure to apply as a Transfer student. This allows you to select the apartment options. Freshman applications are only allowed to select dorm style.
  • How do I get the login information to apply?
    Your GVSU login information was provided to you by Admissions when you were admitted to GVSU. If you cannot locate this information, please contact Chris Hendree hendreec@gvsu.edu in Admissions.


  • When should I arrive to Grand Rapids [GRR]?
    January 5 is the designated arrival dates. January 5 is the latest day you can arrive to GVSU in order to complete your two week self-isolation period before classes begin.
  • Will I be collected from the airport?
    Yes! Students that arrive to Grand Rapids [GRR] on the designated arrival dates will be collected by a transport service. Please submit your arrival information HERE so we know you need picking-up!
  • Can I arrive to another city and get a ride to Allendale?
    We do not recommend flying into other airports such as Detroit or Chicago then taking public transportation to Grand Rapids. This will increase the contamination rate significantly for yourself and others.
  • Can I arrive late?
    January 5 is the latest date you can arrive to GVSU Housing. You must have completed your 14 day self-isolation period before you arrive to GVSU to begin classes on January 19.


  • How long do I need to self-isolate?
    Once you arrive to the US, preferably GVSU Housing by January 5th, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. This is in accordance with the recommendations by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
  • Where will I stay?
    We HIGHLY recommend that you stay in GVSU Housing for the self-isolation period as well as your first year at GVSU. We are able to make your self-isolation period much more convenient and are also able to be more flexible with your contract in the case that you need to return home early.  You must have a contract with GVSU housing for the year in order to be on campus during the self-isolation period.  A separate 2 week contract is not available.
  • How will I get food & other things I need?
    The International Student Services (ISS) Team is working diligently to make sure all the items you need will be provided to you with a fee. We will be contacting you with the costs and more details about these items as soon as we have finalized information!
  • Is there a fee?
    At this time, we anticipate a $35 charge per day for self-isolation in GVSU’s Housing. In addition, you will be charged for the supplies needed which include bedding, kitchen equipment, bathroom needs, and food. Once we have finalized the costs for these supplies, we will share that information with you. These charges will be billed to your GVSU student account.
  • How many students will be in a room?
    At this time, we believe students will be alone OR only with other new international students. Once we have confirmation on this, we will certainly share this information with you.
  • Can I stay with a relative in the US?
    Yes. For the self-isolation period, you can stay with a relative in the US. Please keep in mind, you may need to arrive earlier than January 5 to self-isolate with a relative since you will need to make sure you are moved-in and ready for classes that begin on January 19th. To stay with a relative, you are still required to remain inside your living space and not go to stores or other businesses where you have the potential to spread COVID-19. This is in accordance with CDC recommendations: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
  • Will I be tested for COVID-19?
    We are still determining the protocol while you are in self-isolation, but it is likely you will be required to monitor your own symptoms each day. If you do exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, a test may be ordered. At this time we do not anticipate testing all students upon arrival or during the isolation period. 


  • What is undergraduate tuition?
    You can find tuition rates here: https://www.gvsu.edu/financialaid/tuition-fees-68.htm Students are charged by the number of credits they are taking each semester. Undergraduate International students are required by Federal Immigration Regulations to take at least 12 credits per semester.  
  • What is graduate tuition?
    Graduate tuition rates can be found here: https://www.gvsu.edu/financialaid/tuition-fees-68.htm. Graduate rates vary by program. Graduate International students are required by Federal Immigration Regulations to take at least 9 credits per semester. 


  • What is the deadline?
    January 15, 5 p.m., Michigan time, is the payment deadline for all new international students.
  • How can I pay my tuition and fees?
    GVSU accepts payment by electronic check, cash, credit card, and Western Union. Details on how to pay your payment are found here: https://www.gvsu.edu/studentaccounts/forms-of-payment-25.htm
  • Can I use a payment plan?
    Payment plans are not possible for your first semester at GVSU. You can use a payment plan for you second and all other semesters at GVSU.


  • Can I work at GVSU?
    Yes! US Federal Immigration Regulations allow F-1 students to work on-campus only. Students are allowed to work a maximum of 20 hours per week during the semesters and a maximum of 40 hours during breaks. Campus Dining is the number one employer of student workers on-campus. The International Student Services (ISS) team works with Campus Dining each year to facilitate interviews. We are working on making this part of the Orientation content during your self-isolation period.
  • Are GAs available and how do I apply?
    Graduate Assistantships (GA) are limited to Graduate Students only and are highly competitive. GA positions are posted here: https://www.gvsu.edu/gs/graduate-assistant-job-openings-25.htm. We also recommend that you contact your Academic Department to inquire about any upcoming GA positions. Some positions are not posted online when departments hire within their program.


  • Is health insurance required?
    It is not required, however, you should plan to purchase insurance especially during a global health crisis. If your finances are so tight that you cannot afford health insurance, it is better to attend GVSU in a future semester. Health care in the United States is incredibly expensive and there is no financial assistance available for F1 Students.
  • Where should I purchase health insurance?
    We recommend that you bring health insurance from home.  Otherwise, GVSU recommends this policy: https://www.gvsu.edu/studentwellness/student-health-insurance-30.htm  Please research health coverage as it relates to your specific health needs.
  • What coverage do you recommend?
    We recommend that you have a minimum of $50,000.00 worth of coverage.  Please note that if you contract COVID19, the actual medical cost is likely to be significantly higher for hospital treatment in the US. You may also want medical evacuation and repatriation coverage.


  • Will masks be required on-campus and in classes?
    Yes. GVSU maintains a website dedicated to COVID-19 information. The most up-to-date information can be found there: https://www.gvsu.edu/coronavirus/
  • Will social distancing be enforced on-campus?
    Yes. GVSU maintains a website dedicated to COVID-19 information. The most up-to-date information can be found there: https://www.gvsu.edu/coronavirus/