Get Ready for Fall 2022

New International Students will be receiving "Your GVSU Adventure..." emails from the ISS Team to help prepare them for their time at GVSU. Below you will find the information from these emails. The Zoom links to the relevant meetings are not available here but ONLY in the emails. If you cannot find an email, please contact the ISS Team by emailing [email protected].

  1. Visa Applications
  2. Course Registration
  3. Housing
  4. Arrival
  5. Orientation

You will get lots of emails from various people at GVSU! As a university, we want to make sure you are prepared and that you know we are here to help guide you. Please make sure to read all of these carefully as they contain important information for your success!

Using your GVSU email address, we invite our new international students to join our GVSU International Student team on Slack. An invitation link was sent out to all new students. Joining slack will allow you to meet other new students, chat live, join conversations, and stay up-to-date on all news and information. 

Visa Application | June 10

Visa Application Process & Blackboard

The very first email from the International Student Services (ISS) Team provides the link to the first Zoom meeting on Friday, June 10.

In the Zoom call, you will meet the ISS Team, discuss the visa application process, how to access Slack, and our plan for your success. 

Watch the Recording

Password: R4lWUtg%


If you already have a visa appointment that is AFTER the start of the semester, you can ask GVSU to write a support letter to the embassy on your behalf requesting an expedited appointment. If this is your situation, please submit the request form before July 15, 2022

Submit a Request

Course Registration | June 24 & 27

Undergraduate Students

Please check your emails regularly for information from your academic advisor.  If you do not hear anything by the end of June, please email Kate: [email protected] 

Make sure to please check all inboxes you have (personal, GVSU) and the Spam folders as well!

Registration tips:

  • Your advisor knows best--follow their advice! We know you're smart, but they're pros at this!!
  • Register as soon as you can! Since courses can 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.
  • You can change your schedule up until the first Friday of classes (September 2, 2022, 5 p.m.).
  • 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!

Graduate Students

Graduate students should email their Faculty Advisor to register for courses. Use this online list from the graduate school to determine who you should email within your program: 

Don't worry if they don't respond right away! Faculty are mostly on break during our summer months (May-August) and can be slower to respond than during the school year. 

Housing | July 8

GVSU 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 accommodation, unfortunately.  

  • Check out on-campus options  (international student 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. 
  • The earliest you can move into GVSU Housing is August 19. See arrival information. 

The deadline to APPLY is July 1. Make sure you apply as a transfer student! If you apply as a freshman you will be forced to live in dorm style, freshman housing. 

Live! Zoom Call

Friday July 8

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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If you want to look into this option, you should 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?

Arrival | July 22

Arrival Information

Depending on when you arrive and where you will be living, you should follow the advice below regarding transportation. All new international students, please take note of the following. 

  • August 19, 20, and 21 are our designated arrival dates.
  • We provide airport transportation to students who meet the following criteria: they are arriving to the Grand Rapids, MI [GRR] airport on a designated arrival day AND will be living on-campus
  • We cannot pick up students from the airport who arrive before or after the designated arrival dates NOR students who fly into other airports (Detroit, Chicago, etc).
  • We do not recommend students try to use public transportation to get to Grand Rapids since the US public transport system is not easy to use.
  • Students who arrive earlier than August 19 MUST organize their own temporary accommodation. GVSU does not have any temporary accommodation. 
  • You cannot enter the US more than 30 days prior to your program start date (listed on your I-20/DS-2019).
Live! Zoom Call
link sent to new students via email

Friday, July 22
9am EST

Orientation & Final Preparations | August 5

Final Preparations

It's time to tie up loose ends! Here are all the items you should have completed before beginning classes on August 29:

  1. Visa
  2. Course Registration
  3. Housing
  4. Arrival August 10 deadline for Transportation Request
  5. International Student Orientation: Mandatory, August 22-24, $150 fee


International Student Orientation Facts:

  • Dates: August 22-24.
  • 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
Live! Zoom Call

Friday, August 5
9 am EST

Page last modified June 27, 2022