Pre-Arrival Information

Before you make your final travel arrangement to come to the United States, determine when your orientation program will begin. You should plan to attend orientation so that you will learn about all of the resources that you will need to get settled in the United States and at Brandeis University. There are a few different orientation programs depending on when you begin your program (Fall or Spring), your academic level and/or your school. Check our International Student Orientation page for more information.

You will receive additional information from the Admissions Office, the undergraduate Orientation Office, your Graduate School and/or your Academic Department regarding the various orientation programs.

When making your travel arrangements, please be aware that you cannot enter the U.S. more than 30 days before the program start date on your Form I-20/DS-2019.

This section of our website will help you plan for your arrival, learn how to prepare for your entry to the U.S. if you are outside of the U.S., and how to request a SEVIS record transfer if you are currently attending a U.S. school. You may also want to learn about the Brandeis health insurance coverage requirement before your arrival so that you will understand the plan and you will be prepared for any unexpected emergency.

International Student Pre-Arrival Modules

The International Student Pre-Arrival Modules were created by the ISSO to support international students as they prepare for their arrival on the Brandeis University campus. These modules are required for all incoming undergraduate and graduate F-1 and J-1 students, and should be completed prior to arrival at Brandeis.

All incoming F-1 and J-1 students who have been admitted to Brandeis University will receive an email with instructions on how to complete the modules approximately one month prior to their program start date.

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