Graduate International Students Orientation

Your Next Steps to Prepare for Arrival to BGSU!

1. Register for Orientation

Once you have paid your I-901 SEVIS Fee, take a moment to reserve your spot for International Student Orientation! Confirm your commitment to BGSU, by registering for International Student Orientation now!

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2. Sign-up for the Airport Shuttle Services

Shuttles will be provided Monday, August 19 and Tuesday, August 20, 2024. Registration for the free airport shuttle services is now open. The deadline to register for this FREE airport shuttle service is 5 p.m. (EST) Wednesday, August 14, 2024.

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3. Complete your Falcon Health Documents

As a new international student you are required to enroll in student health insurance and complete an initial health screening. Complete the student health insurance forms online. Please complete these forms prior to your arrival to the BGSU campus. These forms are now available and the deadline to complete these forms is Wednesday, August 14, 2024.

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4. Complete ESOL Placement Requirements

Graduate students must consult the following resources:

Learn more about the ESOL Program, and contact the ESOL office with any questions at

5. Complete the Immigration Basics online course

Prior to your arrival to campus, you will need to complete the "Immigration Basics" online course. This course will take you about one hour to complete. The deadline to complete this course is Friday, August 23, 2024. 

6. Submit Your Immigration Documents Electronically

Upon arrival to campus, you will need to upload copies of your signed I-20, visa, passport and I-94.  Failure to complete this form by Friday, August 23, 2024 may result in a delay of your SEVIS Registration.

Immigration Document Submission

This form will become available the week of August 7th and the deadline to complete this form is Friday, August 23, 2024.

7. Update your local address and phone number on your BGSU Student Portal. Please follow these steps:

·    Login to MyBGSU

·    Click on Student Center

·    Click your Profile

·    Click on "Addresses"

·    Update or Create an Address

8. Sign-up for for GA Contract Onboarding Appointment (Graduate Students with an Assistantship contract ONLY)

All new international students who have a contract to work as a graduate assistant (GA) are required to meet with BGSU’s Student Employment Services for an onboarding appointment to complete new hire paperwork.

New international students with an assistantship will need to go to the Student Employment Office during the week of Orientation (time has been set aside for Thursday, August 22, 2024). 

Please go to the office 225 Bowen-Thompson Student Union between the hours of 8:30am-4:00pm, Thursday, August 22, 2024.  You do not need to make an appointment in advance, but you will to plan for a 1-hour meeting.  Please take your passport, your Form I-20, and a copy of your I-94

International Student Orientation August 21, 2024

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Updated: 05/14/2024 04:23PM