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Arrival & Orientation

International students under F1/J1 status cannot arrive more than 30 days before the program start date as listed on the I-20/DS2019. International Students are required to plan their travel in timely manner so that they could attend Mandatory International Orientation upon their arrival.


Gamecock Orientation

Important Dates:
Summer 2020 
Orientation: May 11, 2020
Classes Start: May 13, 2020

Fall 2020 
Orientation: August 12, 2020
Classes Start: August 18, 2020

Pre-Arrival Information & Notify us of your arrival:
Please read about information on JSU email, Visa types, Immigration process, final transcript submission, housing options, expenses you need to be prepared for, placement tests you may have to complete. The guide will also help you with information on what to expect at the port of entry when you arrive in the United States, travelling to JSU, reporting to the international office, orientation, health insurance requirement, request to change program, tuition and fees, employment information and information on disability services.


  • Students should be prepared to stay in a hotel upon arrival at least for one night. Hotel costs will be the responsibility of the student.  (Some students may have to stay in the hotel for more than one night if they do not have a confirmed room assignment.)

  • Late Arrival can result in a student unable to enroll, or secure a housing assignment.


Hotels Near JSU

Telephone Number


Hampton Inn


10401 JD&L Drive
Jacksonville, AL

Comfort Inn


138 Elm Street
Oxford, AL

Super 8


1600 Highway 21
Oxford, AL

Econo Lodge


25 Elm Street
Oxford, AL

University Inn


1530 Pelham Road South
Jacksonville, AL