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International Student Orientation
Friday, August 15
Clemson Main Campus, Tillman Auditorium

All incoming international students, including international students transferring from other U.S. institutions, are required to attend this mandatory orientation program. The orientation program will provide important information on immigration regulations, health and safety, and community and campus resources available to support the international student experience.

Students please register in advance to receive your cohort assignment  at the following web link:


We are pleased that you are interested in pursuing your academic goals at Clemson University. Please contact the Office of Admissions, as well as the academic department in which you wish to pursue your degree, for more information. You can find contact information by visiting the Clemson University homepage.

After Admission

Congratulations on your admission to Clemson University! We are confident that you have made the right decision to pursue your studies with us and be part of an academic community recognized around the world.

After you have been admitted to the University, International Services (IS) will be notified and will receive copies of your admissions documents. With these documents, we prepare your Form I-20 if you are going to enter the U.S. as an F-1 student or Form DS-2019 if you will enter in J-1 status.

If you have not done so already, please complete a Form IS-50: International Student Financial Certification and return it to our office with an original financial statement. Your financial statement, or that of your sponsor, must be an original, less than six months old, and show the current balance in U.S. dollars. If the financial statement is not in English, an official translation will need to be included.  When submitting your financial certification to International Services, please make sure that each page is clearly labeled with your first and last name(s). 

If you are receiving financial support in the form of a graduate assistantship from your academic department at Clemson, you must submit a copy of the assistantship offer letter, along with the Form IS-50, to

If you are an international student transferring to Clemson University from another U.S. institution, please complete and return Form IS-100: Request to Transfer In SEVIS Record before you arrive on campus.  The International Services Advisor at your current institution will have to complete a part of this form, so please plan accordingly. The transfer of your immigration status must be completed by the 15th day of class. Please contact an International Services Advisor at for more information.

When we have received your support materials and have determined that all requirements are met, our office will enter your information into the SEVIS system and produce a Form I-20 (F-1) or DS-2019 (J-1). This process can take anywhere from 7-10 business days once our office receives all required documents.

When the I-20/DS-2019 has been processed and reviewed, it will be sent to you with support materials including information on setting a visa appointment, payment of the SEVIS Fee, and a pre-departure catalog. For security purposes, we cannot release your SEVIS information to you. International Services will ship immigration documents using U.S. Air Mail if requested and paid for by student. Otherwise, the documents will be sent via regular mail. Depending on the postal service in your area, please allow at least 15 business days for the items to arrive express and up to 6 weeks via regular mail. If you prefer that your documents be sent using an express service, such as FedEx or UPS, please review Form IS-01: Express Mail Instructions. You must pay for the use of these express services.  Please do not register for the Express Mail service until someone from International Services has notified you via e-mail that your immigration documents are ready for mailing. When you have received your documents, please review them. If you find an error, please contact our office immediately, so we may correct the situation. You will be notified by email when your documents are ready to be sent.

Visa Application Procedure & Entry to U.S.

After you have received your immigration documents and reviewed them, the next step is to set an appointment with the US Consulate for your visa application. If you are not sure which US Embassy or Consulate is closest to you, please visit the US Department of State website for a list of US missions around the world: Once you have found the Consulate closest to you, please visit the “visa” section of the website to learn about the required procedures for setting an appointment and how to prepare for your interview.

All new international students applying for an F-1 or J-1 visa are required to pay the SEVIS Fee at least three business days prior to their visa interview. You may find more information on the SEVIS Fee, as well as how to pay, by visiting Please note, if you are a Canadian citizen, although you do not need an F-1 or J-1 visa to enter the US, you are required to pay the SEVIS Fee at least three business days prior to your entry into the US.

When your I-20/DS-2019 was sent to you, our office included a copy of “A Planning Guide for International Students and Visiting Scholars” full of information to prepare you to come to the US and begin your studies. Please review the booklet carefully to see if there is anything special that you need to prepare. In addition to this booklet, a list of international student organizations at Clemson University was sent to you. These organizations are a great resource for incoming international students and can often provide you with “secrets to success” in your new home.

As a new international student, you are permitted to enter the US no earlier than 30 days prior to the start of your academic program at Clemson University. The start date can be found in Section 5 of your I-20, or Section 3 of your DS-2019. When purchasing your air ticket, it is important to keep these dates in mind as you may be denied entry should you arrive in the US prior to that 30-day period. While your schedules may vary, you are encouraged to come to Clemson as early as possible to obtain housing, register for courses, complete the necessary paperwork for on-campus employment, if applicable, and to become familiar with your new surroundings.  In general, we recommend that you try to arrive at least 15 days before the start date that is listed on your I-20/DS-2019.  Your academic department may have orientation activities that occur in the week(s) leading up to the beginning of the semester, so it is important that you know what activities you are expected to participate in.  All new international students are expected to attend International Student Orientation that occurs on the Friday before classes begin.