Greater D.C. Area 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 Greater Washington D.C. Area.
Before You Arrive
You’ll use this for email, class registration, and to access all your Virginia Tech accounts.
They’ll inform you of any departmental requirements, as well as provide information about orientation, advising, funding, and registering for classes.
3. Find housing
Find resources to help you search for off-campus housing in the Greater Washington D.C. Area.
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.
Log in to Hokie SPA to pay your student account bill once you’ve registered for classes for the semester.
After You Get Here
All new international graduate students must complete a mandatory immigration check-in process after arriving in the Greater Washington D.C. Area. 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 488 or 490 at the Northern Virginia Center.
Visit the NVC Resource Center to have your picture taken and pick up your Hokie Passport.
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.