Just Admitted International Student Checklist

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Note: You will receive an email from International Student and Scholar Services with information about the Form I-20. Pay attention to the directions and deadlines in the email. Registration holds have been placed on your account until enrollment requirements are met. Failure to meet these enrollment requirements may result in your admission being rescinded.

Accept or Decline Admission

As a new student, you must indicate your intention to accept or decline admission by the commitment deadline.

You must attend the semester or term for which you have been admitted. Failure to do so will result in a loss of registration eligibility, meaning that you will need to reapply. 

Exception: if you are unable to attend the semester you've been admitted due to a mission call, read the Missionary Deferment item in this checklist.Accept or Decline Admission

Submit Official High School Transcript

Before you can register for classes we must receive your official high school transcript and validate that you self-reported them accurately (see note below).

Transcripts sent before decisions were announced are not valid. 

Submit your official transcript:

  • Electronically (via Parchment Exchange, National Transcript Center, or National Student Clearinghouse)
  • Hand-deliver in an officially sealed envelope
    • BYU OneStop, D-155 ASB (Abraham Smoot Building Lobby)
  • Mailed by your high school or in an officially sealed envelope
    • CES Admission Processing
      A-41 ASB
      Provo, UT 84602

If your transcript does not match the grades you self-reported in the application your offer of admission may be rescinded.

Note: You do not need to send an official transcript if during the application process you electronically retrieved your accurate high school work using a Utah SSID - or - If your high school or secondary education was all international and you submitted your high school transcript through IERF or WES.

Mission Deferment

Contact International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) at 801-422-2695 for rules and regulations about deferring for a mission.

Once you have made contact with ISSS, review the OneStop Missionary Checklist to submit the deferment and for other important information. 

Complete the Financial Responsibility Declaration

Before you register for classes you must accept full responsibility to pay all tuition, fees, and associated costs while enrolled at BYU. Once you have agreed to the declaration that hold will be lifted.Financial Responsibility Declaration

Complete Enrollment Requirements: Obtain a Form I-20

To obtain your Form I-20 you are required to submit the following documents to the BYU International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) website, ist.byu.edu. You will receive an email from ISSS with more detailed instructions.

Submit Admissions I-20 eForm

In order to complete the required eForm you need to do the following:

  • Pay the $4000 USD international student deposit by following the instructions in the eForm. The International Student Deposit policy may also provide helpful information.
  • Print the Affidavit of Support form and have your sponsor complete the form.
  • Provide the most recent copy of your and your sponsor's (if applicable) bank statement(s).
  • Submit the Affidavit of Support form and bank statement(s) at ist.byu.edu. Login to the eForm Home Page and follow the instructions to submit the form and bank statements.

SEVIS Record 

If you are transferring from another U.S. institution you will need to transfer your SEVIS record from your current institution to BYU.

  • Print the International Student Transfer Form.
  • Complete the top half of the form and take it to the Designated School Official (DSO) in the international office of your current school. They will complete the lower half of the form. 
  • Arrange for the DSO to submit the form to ISSS in one of two ways: Fax (801-422-0644) or Email (intloff@byu.edu).
  • Request to have your SEVIS record sent to BYU.

Once all enrollment requirements are completed, ISSS will prepare your Form I-20 and release your registration holds.

Please contact ISSS for further instructions: Phone (801-422-2695) or Email (intloff@byu.edu)

All enrollment requirements must be submitted by the following deadlines:

Admitted Spring: March 15
Admitted Summer: May 1
Admitted Fall: July 15
Admitted Winter: November 15

Note: If you do not complete your enrollment requirements by the deadlines listed above you will not receive a Form I-20 or be able to register, and you may have your admission decision rescinded.

Obtaining a Student Visa

International students (except those from Canada, Bermuda, St. Martin, Puerto Rico, and Haiti) are required to obtain a student visa before entering the U.S. to study. Before obtaining a visa you will need to pay the required SEVIS fee. Make sure you keep your proof of payment with your immigration papers.

Note: Some exceptions to the visa policy exist for students who are Canadian citizens entering the U.S. from the Western Hemisphere.

Student Visa

Message Us with YMessage

YMessage is a secure communication system that many BYU offices use to communicate with you. YMessage is available for you to receive and send messages about topics pertaining to your student record. Since it is secure we can send personal information which we don't through regular email because of student privacy laws.YMessage

Explore "How to BYU"

"How to BYU" is your friendly guide to campus resources and student life. It will help you learn more information about housing, transportation, dining, first steps to academics, first-year mentoring, and more. How to BYU
The Office of First-Year Experience is dedicated to help you get the most out of your first year at BYU. They provide you a first-year peer mentor, new student orientation, newsletters, information about succeeding as a new student, and Mentored Courses. First-Year Mentoring

Register for Classes

Use MyMAP, our registration system, to help you plan, organize, and register for classes. You will be given a randomly assigned date that you can begin registering; which is called a priority registration date. Go to the Register tab to see your date. For more information see our Registering for Classes Checklist.MyMAP

Tools to help you decide which classes you should take include the University Catalog, the Class Schedule, the University Core (GE) requirements, and your academic advisor. Academic Advisement

Note: There are potentially three holds on your account that will prevent registration. You will not be able to register until you have completed the applicable enrollment requirements: pay the $4000 USD International Student Deposit, verify finances, and, if applicable, submit the I-20 Transfer Request Form from your current U.S. school.

International students are required by U.S. immigration law to maintain full-time enrollment (12 credit hours per semester or 6 credit hours per term).

Required Course: You will need to register for Student Development 120. STDEV 120 is designed to help you adjust to the environment at BYU and will cover topics such as the American education system, adaptation and acculturation to the cultures at BYU, and regulations to maintain F-1 visa status. 

Transferring Credit

When you applied to BYU you submitted all credit earned from non-U.S. schools to IERF or WES. These companies evaluated your work and recommended credit that may be transferable. Now that you are admitted, it may be helpful to provide course syllabi (translated, if necessary) to your major's Academic Advisement Center to see if your transfer credit will fulfill a major requirement. 

If you have completed additional work since being accepted to BYU, make sure you submit a final transcript to IERF or WES for evaluation. If you have questions about your transfer work and fulfilling core requirements, contact the Transfer Evaluation Office at 801-422-8522.

Tuberculosis (TB) Test

If you've lived outside of the U.S. or Canada for six months or more within the last five years, you are required to have a tuberculosis skin test. If you don't comply by the first day of classes a TB hold will be placed on your record. If you're an international student, your student visa status may be terminated. If you have any questions, please call 801-422-5134 or 801-422-7711.

Pay for School

Tuition is due seven calendar days before the first day of class. Pay on time or you will get a hold placed on your account and your classes may be dropped.Tuition Costs and Policies

Scholarships

Newly admitted students are considered for BYU academic, private, and many departmental scholarships with specialized criteria for those that applied. You will be notified about scholarship decisions through YMessage

If you are a transfer student you are not eligible to be considered for academic scholarships until after you have completed 12 credit hours at BYU as a day-continuing student.

If you have been awarded an off-campus scholarship or have a 529 plan, have the granting organization send the money directly to BYU. It takes 2-3 weeks to process funds mailed to BYU. Off-Campus Scholarships

 

Find Housing

Finding a place to live near campus is important. You are encouraged to live on campus for your first year. Some on-campus housing options may require you to have a meal plan. Meal plans may make it easier for you by saving time and/or money.

To accommodate returning missionaries, there are communities for students who are 19 or older. There are also many contracted apartments close to campus.On-Campus HousingOff-Campus HousingMeal Plans

Maintain Lawful Status

Read through the International Student and Scholar Services webpage for your visa type to learn more about maintaining your legal status.  If you have further questions, contact International Student and Scholar Services. 

Mandatory Check-In

You are required to check-in at International Student and Scholar Services upon your arrival to campus in order to have your SEVIS record activated. Mandatory Check-In

Mandatory Orientation

You need to be in the country by the date of New Student Orientation (NSO) for the semester/term to which you were admitted (this will also be the entry date listed on your I-20 form). Please be aware that there is a session specifically designed for international students that you will be required to attend. International Student Orientation Meeting
You also may consider attending the university New Student Orientation event. New Student Orientation

Set Up Guest Access

We recommend that students manage their own student account but understand there are cases where it is necessary for a parent, spouse or other third-party to access information or complete transactions on your behalf. Guest Access allows you to give another person access to your BYU account.Guest Access

Employment, Taxes, and Travel

Employment

Depending on your visa type, you may be eligible for employment at an on-campus job. You may also be eligible to work off-campus, but only after obtaining employment authorization from International Student and Scholar Services. Click each link below to learn more about employment. 

Taxes

You are required to file tax forms every year, even if you aren't employed at all during that year. View the tax information page on the International Student and Scholar Services website for more information.

Travel

If you decide to travel outside the United States while you're at school, contact International Student and Scholar Services at 801-422-2695 to get your Form I-20 endorsed. If your Form I-20 is not endorsed, you may not be able to return to the United States to continue your schooling.

Click the links below for more information about traveling regulations and restrictions. If you have any questions, contact International Student and Scholar Services at 801-422-2695.

Enroll in or Waive Student Health Plan

Students enrolled 3/4 time or more (9 semester credits/4.5 term credits) are required to have health insurance coverage year-round.  You are automatically enrolled in BYU's Student Health Plan one week before classes start if private insurance has not been reported. You will have access to waive the plan about 1 month before classes start. This is a yearly process and the deadline to waive the BYU Student Health Plan is the semester add/drop deadline. Student Health Plan

Note: In order to waive the BYU Student Health Plan your personal insurance needs to be based in the U.S. You are required to have health coverage year-round; if you have health coverage when you go home for the summer, remember to waive the plan before you leave so you don't get charged for it while you're home.

Learn About My Financial Center

My Financial Center is the system where you pay tuition and charges, manage your financial aid and scholarships, and find important alerts about your student account. My Financial Center Video

Review the Academic Honesty Policy and Honor Code

As a BYU student you should seek to be totally honest in your dealings with others. You should complete and be evaluated on your own work. You should avoid academic dishonesty and misconduct in all its forms, including but not limited to plagiarism, fabrication or falsification, cheating, and other academic misconduct.

For ecclesiastical endorsement questions, and questions or reports about honor code violations, visit the Honor Code Office. Academic Honesty Policy Honor Code

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