LAKERS TOGETHER: Grand Valley is preparing for successful learning experiences when classes resume on Aug. 31. Learn more about the plan for fall in this handbook.
Going to University, especially in the US, is very exciting and also intimidating. We know you have plenty of questions so we have put together an FAQ page as well as much more information on this page. Please take your time to review the information and let us know what questions arise by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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We encourage you, as an international student, to live on campus at Grand Valley. Laker Village is strongly recommended since most international students live in this community and it is home to the International House. When applying, use the transfer application to gain access to apartment style options which include kitchens. Students who apply as freshman are required to live in dorm-style units.
Visit the Grand Valley Housing website to apply. You will find out your housing placement in August. You will need to provide your home address if possible. If the application will not accept your address, please use the Padnos International Center address: Padnos International Center 130 LOH Allendale, MI 49401 If on campus housing does not fit your needs, off campus housing is also available.
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Undergraduate students will be contacted by their academic advisor in May or June (for FALL) or November (for WINTER) to register for classes. Be sure you respond to his or her emails in a timely manner, as it is important to have a set class schedule before arriving to Grand Valley. Graduate students should contact their own academic advisor in May or June (for FALL) or November (for WINTER). All students should have their classes before International student orientation. There will be a chance during orientation to make last minute changes, but you should have a solid schedule by the time you arrive to Grand Valley.
No vaccinations are required by Grand Valley; however, vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, polio and tuberculosis are recommended. No proof is required. If you are bringing any prescription drugs to the United States, you must bring an English translation of the prescription with them. In case any prescriptions are needed while you are here, MetroHealth at the Campus Health Center can assist you.
Because federal law requires individuals entering the country with $10,000 or more in cash to go through a process of declaration, students should not bring this amount or more in cash. If you wish to bring your tuition payment with you, it may be brought in the form of a demand draft. For other payment option please visit Student Accounts.
Take a look at our International and Domestic Student run Organization, 'Bringing Together the World' (BTW), to connect with GVSU students and other Internationals. Check them out on Facebook and Instagram. You should also visit Laker Link to find other student organizations you may be interested in joining.
We recommend you purchase a pay-as-you-go plan upon arrival to Grand Valley. After you have applied for and received your Social Security number, you will be able to purchase a service contract for your cell phone if you wish.