NCR New International Student Checklist
Here’s a list of all the things you need to complete once you’re accepted as a graduate student in the National Capital Region.
Before You Arrive
Create a personal identifier, or PID
You’ll use this for email, class registration, and to access all your Virginia Tech accounts.
Contact your academic department
They’ll inform you of any departmental requirements, as well as provide information about orientation, advising, funding, and registering for classes.
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Purchase health insurance
International students must purchase a health insurance plan, and U.S. students are encouraged to. The university offers a student health plan, or you can select any other that meets the minimum requirements.
After You Get Here
International students only: Immigration check-in
All new international graduate students must complete a mandatory immigration check-in process after arriving in the National Capital Region. To check-in, students need to bring physical copies of their I-20 or DS-2019, passport with your F-1 visa, and printed I-94 to Room 405 or 411 at the Northern Virginia Center.
Attend Graduate Student Orientation
Come to our orientation event to learn about the programs and services we offer for graduate students. Attendance is optional, but encouraged. International students are required to attend a mandatory F-1 Immigration Orientation session after the Graduate Student Orientation session.