Both before and after arriving at BYU you will likely have many questions regarding the campus, your program of studies, living conditions and a whole host of other things related to arriving at a new place and becoming a student here.
Below are answers to the most common pre-arrival questions, but we realize that we can not anticipate every situation or question that you might have. Feel free to contact us for assistance.
- SEVIS Fee. Pay the required SEVIS fee; keep your proof of payment with your immigration papers. more
- VISA. After receiving either a Form I-20 for Fs or a Form DS-2019 for Js from BYU, you must obtain visa from a U.S. embassy or consulate in your country to travel to a U.S. port of entry.
- Make sure that you use BYU's Form I-20 or DS-2019 when you apply for your visa and when you enter the U.S.
- Be certain to apply for either a F or J visa; B-2 visitor/tourist visas are not for students and will not allow you to study.
- If you are a Canadian citizen entering the U.S. from within the Western Hemisphere, you are not required to have a passport or visa, but you must show your Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 and proof of Canadian citizenship.
- applying for a visa and other detailed visa information
- Visa Appointment Strategies
- BYU International Student Checklist
- Register for Your Classes
- It is important that you resigter for your classes.
- Advisement is available from your major department or the University Advisement Center.
- You must have a passport valid at least six months into the future from the time you plan to enter the U.S.; contact your government for application details.
- It is a good idea to exchange currency for U.S. dollars before your departure, but you should not travel with large amounts of cash.
- Make arrangements to have your funds transferred and available to you in the U.S. when you arrive.
U.S. Health System Explained--This video teaches international students how to prepare for their arrival in the US, how the US healthcare system works and how students should seek medical care appropriately if they become sick or injured.Please visit www.internationalstudentinsurance.com/explained/ for more information.
- Who can tell me about health insurance or services?--Call or visit the Student Health Center at 801-422-5092. If you need a TB test, call 801-422-5156.
- How do I register for classes?
- What are Provo and Utah Valley like?
- Provo City--BYU is within the boundaries of Provo City. Follow this link to find out about Provo and its services.