New Student Information Summer 2012. hoşgeldiniz. مــرحــبــًا. 歓迎. 환영. 欢迎. chào mừng. WELCOME!. Khush Amdayde. xoş. New Student Information Contents. Important Dates and Required Events – Page 1. Important Dates and Required Events – Page 2.
Do you have more questions? Please contact us at 703-993-3660 or [email protected]
F1 VISA APPLICATION – If you are an F1 student, you received F1 Visa Application information with your admission packet. Contact the U.S. consulate in your country for more information on visa application requirements. You can also find information at: http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1268.html. If you receive I-20s forms from several different schools, it is very important that you enter the US with the I-20 of the school you really want to attend!
TRAVEL DATE - If you have an F1 visa, do not travel before April 18, 2012. You may have problems at the airport if you try to enter the U.S. before this date.
AT THE AIRPORT - Show your I-20, passport, I-94, and customs declaration form to security. You should then receive a stamp on your I-94 and I-20. Check that you have these stamped documents before leaving security!
HOUSING (contact Cloud Spurlock at [email protected] for more information).
George Mason Dormitories – Dormitories have limited space available. You received housing information with your admission documents. You must have your George Mason ID number and submit your housing application at http://housing.gmu.edu. Contact us at [email protected] for your ID#.
Off-campus Housing – If you plan to live off campus, you may want to check the website for off-campus housing: http://och.gmu.edu.
Local Area Hotels – If you have not made housing arrangements before you come, you should plan to arrive a few days early. Here is a list of hotels that are close by: http://www.gmu.edu/resources/welcome/hotel.html
Money – Bring enough money with you to cover at least your first month’s expenses. Traveler’s checks in U.S. dollars are the most convenient and safest form of currency. Credit cards are also accepted at most places. The chart below shows expenses for the summer:
Health – In the U.S., most strong medications require a doctor’s prescription. You should bring with you enough medication for any conditions that you have.
What to Bring – In Washington D.C, the weather is hot and humid in the summer and cold and dry in the winter. Bring clothes for all types of temperatures or plan to buy clothing when you arrive. There are many places to shop close to the university.
Dress on campus is generally very casual and comfortable. Mason has a large and active international community so you can bring your national costume to wear at ELI and university international events.
Remember to bring your driver’s license, visa documents, medical records, academic records, and important personal items.
If you will study in ELI with an F1 student, you must follow the rules below to keep your F1 visa status valid:
You must attend all of your classes regularly to keep your F1 status valid. If you miss too many classes, you will fail your class and lose your F1 visa status. If you lose your F1 visa status, you must go home immediately.
The English Language Institute (ELI) Attendance Policy allows students to miss some classes each semester for sickness, family emergencies, or other personal reasons. The number of classes you can miss is different for each class. Please see the box below to find out how many times you can be absent in each class.
George Mason Health Insurance Information:
The Mason Student Health Insurance Plan is covered under Aetna. Plan details can be found at:
The last day to apply for a Mason Student Health Insurance Plan is June 18, 2012.
George Mason Immunization Requirement: All students must comply with the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Immunization Requirement: They must submit Immunization Records by the stated deadline. Students who do not meet the deadline will be charged a $25 fee and have a HOLD put on their account.
If you were born before 1957, you do not need to complete the immunization form.
Immunization Record Deadline: July 1, 2012
Complete the immunization form and fax it to Student
Health Services at 703-993-4053. ELI sent you the form
by email attachment. You can also find it here:
For more information, visit: http://shs.gmu.edu/immunizations
If you have questions/concerns,
please send an email to [email protected]
We recommend that you get your required immunizations before you come to the U.S. so that you do not have to get shots after your arrival.
Bring any documents that show your immunization history. If you have a booklet that shows the shots you took, bring it with you.
If you want to drop a class, you must complete a drop form in the ELI Office by June 1, 2012, to get a full refund. See the table below to find out the tuition charge for dropping classes on a specific dates.
Summer 2012, May 16 – July 27, 2012
Fall 2012, August 22 – December 7, 2012