We encourage you to wait until you have received your F or J student visa to make your flight arrangements to avoid financial loss if your visa is delayed or denied. If you are a graduate assistant or hold other on-campus employment, please follow the guidance below to ensure your eligibility to work on the first date of employment for the start of the fall or spring term. Please note, you should also speak to the academic department overseeing your hiring to learn about any expectations they might have for your arrival dates.
Recommended Arrival Date for Fall Start Students: No later than August 4
Recommended Arrival Date for Spring Start Students: No later than January 1
The recommended arrival date above is for international students who do not currently hold a valid Social Security card. This card is a required document for the new hire process of all Clemson University employees. The Social Security Administration requires applicants to be physically present in the U.S. for 10 days prior to applying for a social security card. In order to complete the fall new hire process in a timely fashion and apply for your Social Security card, you should be physically present in the U.S. by the dates listed above. If you are transferring from another U.S. institution and possess a social security card already or if you have previously received a social security card during a prior stay in the U.S., you will not need to arrive in the U.S. by the dates listed above.
All other students:
F and J student visa holders are eligible to enter the country 30 days prior to the program start date and no later than 30 days after the program start date. The majority of off-campus apartment leases begin on August 1 or August 15. Tips to help choose your arrival date:
- Inquire about your academic department's orientation date.
- If you are an undergraduate international student, check to see when Undergraduate Student Orientation will be held.
- International Services will offer multiple Orientation sessions to provide flexibility due to travel schedules and arrivals in the U.S. We will send out emails with information on how to sign up for one of the Orientation sessions.