Get Ready Fall 2024!

Get Ready soon-to-be Lakers! Over the next three months, we have planned to meet with you live. Meetings will happen at 9 AM Allendale, Michigan time (EST / GMT - 4 hours) on Thursdays, every other week.

The ISS Team will briefly share information on the following topics and we will make sure there is plenty of time for your questions!

You should review the slides for that session BEFORE each Zoom as we would like to use most of our time on Zoom for questions!

Here are the dates and topics:

Zoom links will be sent to you by email the Monday before each meeting and there will also be a reminder email an hour before each Zoom meeting begins.

Please find the presentations and/or video recordings below and review before arrival!

International Student Orientation


Have any admissions questions related to your application, I-20, financial verification form, Laker Portal, etc.? Contact [email protected]!

GVSU Admissions International Student Page

Visa Application

Expedited Visa Appointment
Request a Letter

We will begin sending letters July 12, 2024. The deadline to request a letter is July 31, 2024. 

How to Request an Expedited Visa Appointment


On-Campus Housing

Living on-campus is proven to help you do better academically and socially and provides added security. You will transition into the community better and make the most of your time here!

You need to organize your housing BEFORE you arrive to GVSU. We don't have any temporary accommodations, unfortunately.  

  • Check out on-campus options  (international students should look at transfer & graduate options).
  • Review housing rates.
  • Consider location: Pew Campus is downtown Grand Rapids (graduate courses) while Allendale Campus is the main campus and has the rec center & most social activities.
  • PLEASE NOTE: all freshman (first semester at any college in the world) are required to live on-campus.
  • You will have to pay a housing deposit of $150.00 when you apply. 
  • See arrival information for the earliest date you can move into GV Housing.

Make sure you apply as a transfer student! If you apply as a freshman you will be forced to live in freshman housing which mandates a meal plan and does not include shared living space or a kitchen. 


Off-Campus Housing

Although we do not recommend this, living off campus can be much more affordable. This requires much more work on your part and we are not able to assist in organizing off-campus housing.

Here are some options to look into:

  • The GVSU website has some nearby housing options.
  • Bayberry and Apple Ridge which are located halfway between downtown and Allendale. This is a convenient location as it takes about 15 minutes to get to either campus and the route 50 bus (GVSU campus connector running every 6 minutes) has stops near both apartment complexes
  • Craigslist is a website where you can list things for sale, apartments for rent, etc. BE CAREFUL as this is not a vetted site, which means anyone can list here. You should at least Skype with them before making any decisions! I have had several friends find rooms in a house this way but it does put more responsibility on you since there isn’t a company overseeing the site or individual listings. It's practically the wild west!
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  • Off-campus Housing List is a brochure our office created detailing some of the popular options near or between campuses

Consider the following questions:

  • What is the monthly cost?
  • Are utilities included? (additional costs for gas, electricity, garbage, internet)
  • Is it furnished? (most places you must bring your own bed, tables, chairs, even refrigerator sometimes!)
  • Is there a required security deposit? How much is it?
  • Do you need to pay rent in advance?
  • Do you need a US Social Security number?
  • Does the property manager require a background check?
  • Will you have to sign a lease? What are the dates on the lease? 
  • Where is it located? How long will it take me to get to classes?


Course Registration for Graduate Students

You will need to register in MyBanner using your username and password: 

Your program requirements are available here:

Your Graduate Program Director will help you, learn who your program's Director is here:

Course Registration for Undergraduate Students

YOU HAVE TO SIGN UP FOR DOMESTIC STUDENT ORIENTATION IN ORDER TO CONNECT WITH YOUR ACADEMIC ADVISOR. You have received an email from admissions inviting you to sign up. You are not expected to attend physically. We understand this is confusing! Please make sure you sign up for the date offered to you so your academic advisor is able to reach out to you.

Please check your emails regularly for information from your academic advisor. Make sure to please check all inboxes you have (personal, GVSU) and the Spam folders!

Registration tips:

  • Your advisor knows best--follow their advice! We know you're smart, but they're pros at this. Plus for undergraduates you HAVE to meet with them before registration is open. 
  • Register as soon as you can. Since courses often reach capacity, you might have to take a class in a different semester or at a time of day that isn't best for you. Take note of the waitlist and override options in the presentation.
  • There is no fee to register for courses.
  • You can change your schedule up until the first Friday of classes.
  • If the class you really want is full, register for a back-up course as recommended by your advisor while they try to get you into the course you LOVE!

Academic Advising Centers: Find your advisor based on your major!

Health Insurance

LewerMark Health Insurance

GVSU has a mandatory international student insurance policy that is brokered by the company LewerMark.

GVSU LewerMark Page

LewerMark's Website


Student Accounts

Students Accounts office talks about how the billing schedule works, payment options (credit/debit card, electronic check, PayMyTuition, Convera), consequences for non-payment, 1042 tax implications and more.

Student Employment - Career Center - Laker Food

The Student Employment office talks about how to apply for on-campus jobs, how to post a resume and what is expected for those who are working on campus, employment regulations and SSN's. 

Laker Food Co.

Career Center


Fall 2024 arrival dates for new International Students: August 16, 17, & 18

Airport Arrival & Transportation

Because of the number of students we are expecting to welcome, we are unable to provide airport transportation or coordinate it on your behalf. There are many safe options, including but not limited to:

  • a local taxi company such as Metro Cab (616) 827-6500 or Yellow Cab (616) 459-4646 (costs $60-70)
  • a transport app such as Uber or Lyft (cost varies)

All first semester international students should submit their flight information online:

Submit Your Flight Information


  • We do not recommend students use public transportation from another city (Chicago, Detroit etc) to get to Grand Rapids.
  • You cannot enter the US more than 30 days prior to your program start date (listed on your I-20/DS-2019).

Moving into GVSU Housing

All students who will be living on the GVSU campuses for Fall 2024 are invited to use our move-in service. Our International Student Services (ISS) staff will be excitedly waiting at the iHouse to greet all students moving onto campus. The team will assist students in moving into their rooms and also take them to a local supermarket to shop for essentials for their first few days. To take advantage of this service, students must arrive to the iHouse during the designated arrival date and time:

  • August 16-18, 2024 (time TBA)

The deadline to sign up is TBA.

Sign-Up for On-Campus Move-In

Students who arrive earlier than the designated arrival date MUST organize their own temporary accommodation. GVSU does not have any temporary accommodation. 

Arrival Slides

Coming soon!


International Student Orientation Facts:

  • Dates:
    • August 19-21, 2024
  • iStudent Orientation is AMAZING!
  • iStudent Orientation is MANDATORY!
  • There is a compulsory fee of $150 USD
  • This is NOT the same as the domestic student orientation; we cover important information about immigration regulations, social security applications, cultural differences, and much more! 
  • Graduate students should follow all of International Student Orientation - there are specific sessions included in International Student Orientation for Grads to meet with the graduate school
Orientation Slides

Coming soon!

Page last modified July 11, 2024