If you have been accepted to ACC, received your Form I-20, and been approved for an F-1 visa, congratulations! You may enter the U.S. up to 30 days before the program start date listed on your I-20.
Preparing to Travel to the U.S.
Preparing for your move to the U.S. can be an exciting but hectic time. Below are some steps to help you prepare for your big move:
- Read through the International Student Pre-Arrival Handbook to learn more about what to pack and what to expect.
- Make living arrangements. If you plan to get an apartment, make hotel reservations in advance so you will have time to find an apartment. If you would like to live with a host family, a home stay program is available through Spring International Language Center.
- Purchase health (medical) insurance. If you don't already have a policy, you may purchase one through a private company like ISO.
- Have your foreign transcript evaluated, if you think you might receive transfer credit for coursework completed outside the U.S. Contact your advisor for more information.
- Contact your advisor to discuss your major selection and set up an appointment for after you arrive in the U.S.
Arriving in the U.S.
When you arrive in the U.S. (likely via an international airport), you will need to carry your documents with you in-hand. Those documents include:
- ACC Acceptance Letter
- Financial Support Documents
- SEVIS I-901 Fee Receipt
Arriving at ACC
Meet with your advisor as soon as possible after you arrive in the U.S. You can schedule an appointment in advance, via email. Read through First Steps to learn more about what to do when you arrive at the ACC campus.