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F-1 Orientation & Check-In

The Center for Global Engagement (CGE) is committed to your success as an F-1 international student at FSU. We have developed an international student orientation process that provides you with important information about maintaining your immigration status, succeeding as a student at Florida State University, and living in Tallahassee. You must complete the following three orientation requirements:

1: Pre-Arrival Online Immigration Session (OIS)

Before you come to the U.S. you must complete our Pre-Arrival Online Immigration Session (OIS): a one-hour presentation on maintaining your F-1 immigration status. At the end of the session, you will be directed to take an online quiz to satisfy this first orientation requirement. Use Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome to view the online session and complete the quiz. Please save a screenshot of the successful completion page for your records. Click here to watch and complete the Pre-Arrival Online Immigration Session.

2: CGE International Student Check-In

When you first arrive at FSU, you must come to the CGE for International Student Check-In.


Note: the CGE will be closed for winter break from Saturday, December 24th to Monday, January 2nd and will open again at 8 AM on Tuesday, January 3rd. Before or after this winter break, check in at the CGE anytime during normal office hours, which are between 8 AM and 5 PM, Monday through Friday.

Bring ALL of the following documents and information with you so that we can scan and input them into your immigration record:

During check-in we will copy your important immigration documents. To complete your required immigration Check-In, you must bring ALL of the following documents with you:

  • I-20 document (and I-20s for dependents, if any)
  • Passport with valid U.S. visa inside ( and passports for dependents, if any )
  • I-94 Arrival/Departure Record. Print your I-94 from: https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov, unless you arrived by land and have the small white I-94 card given to you by Customs & Border Protection (CBP)
  • Your Tallahassee address and phone number, even if it is only temporary (a hotel, friend's house, etc.)
  • Contact information for the person you would like us to contact in case of an emergency (may be a person in or outside the U.S.)

3: CGE International In-Person Orientation

At our International Orientation, you will learn about FSU’s campus resources, maintaining your immigration status, succeeding as a student at Florida State University, and living in Tallahassee. You will meet other new international students and learn important information to help you make friends and have a successful start at FSU.

Summer 2017 CGE International Student In-Person Orientation

New F-1 international students beginning in a Summer 2017 session will have CGE orientation at the following time and location:


Summer 2017 Session A/B (beginning May 15, 2017):

  • Friday, May 12 from 2-5 pm in The Globe Room 2400

Summer 2017 Session C (beginning June 26, 2017):

  • Friday, June 23rd from 2-5 pm in The Globe Room 2400

After the orientation, stay to attend the CGE’s weekly International Coffee Hour, where you can meet new friends over coffee, tea and refreshments.


Planning Your Arrival

You can enter the U.S. up to 30 days prior to the start date on your I-20. (If you are transferring from another university in the U.S. or directly continuing to another degree at FSU, you may remain in or reenter the U.S. earlier than 30 days prior to the start date on your I-20). The start date on your I-20 is the first day of classes. Plan to arrive in Tallahassee with enough time to get settled, check in, and attend the required CGE International Student In-Person Orientation Program as well as other required and recommended university orientations.


Where is the Center for Global Engagement located?

The Center for Global Engagement is located in the Global and Multicultural Engagement Building ("The Globe") at 110 S. Woodward Avenue. The Globe is located on the corner of Woodward Avenue and Learning Way just east of the Askew Student Life Building and south of the Dunlap Success Center. NOTE: Use FSU’s online campus map to find our building.