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Pre-Departure Checklist for International Students

Now that you’ve been accepted to Idaho State University, there are a few more things you’ll need to do before your arrival.

  1. Pay SEVIS Fee
  2. Apply for your Visa
  3. Arrange Housing
  4. Arrange Travel
  5. Complete Online Advising
  6. Register for Classes
  7. Register for International Student Welcome Session
  8. Tuberculosis Screening Requirement
  9. Check-In with IPO

Pay Your Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Fee

You can pay your SEVIS fee online. For more detailed instructions, download our SEVIS Fee Instructions (pdf).

Apply for a Student Visa

Apply for your F-1 or J-1 visa.

The Department of State outlines the steps to apply for F-1 or J-1 visas.

You can also take a look at our tips on How to Apply for a Student Visa and take note of the locations of your nearest embassy/consulate and visa wait-times so you can plan accordingly.

Please let us know the results of your visa interview within 3 days of your interview by sending an email to

Note: Students from Canada are not required to appear for a visa interview and may skip this step.

Arrange Housing

Make your arrangements for housing by doing one of the following:

    • Register for on-campus housing and send your $150.00 reservation fee by visiting ISU Housing.
    • Search for off-campus housing, prior to arrival, using your own resources.

Travel Information

Please complete the Travel Details Form.  Please have this done at least 3 weeks prior to your arrival. 

Transportation information, including how to get to Pocatello, taxi and shuttle information, and hotel information can be found on our Transportation Page.  Pick-up service is available if you arrive during our official arrival days (August 10-14).  If you arrive outside these dates, you'll need to arrange for your own transportation by reserving a taxi or shuttle.  

Complete Online Advising

Complete the mandatory F.A.R. advising session and the quiz following each session. In order to complete the F.A.R. advising, you will need to use your student ID and username,found on your acceptance letter.

Students who do not do this prior to arrival at ISU will not be able to register for classes until it is completed.

Select the advising session that applies to your current status:

Sample First-Semester Schedules

Listed below are the first semester sample schedules for international students. Students should register for the suggested courses before they arrive at ISU and after they have completed the appropriate online advising session. Students can make changes to their class schedules until the 10th day of classes.  If your major is not listed below, please send an email to with your name and ISU ID number and ask for a suggested first semester class schedule.

Register for International Student Welcome Session

Complete and submit the online International Student Welcome Session Registration Form.

Tuberculosis Screening Requirement

Students from countries identified as high TB risk are required to complete TB screening.  Go to our Health Center's TB Screening Requirement page for more information.

Check-In with IPO

Once you arrive in Pocatello, you will need to Check-In promptly at the International Programs Office.

Please have all of the following documents with you when you check in:

  • I-20 or DS-2019
  • Passport
  • Visa
  • I-94 card
  • Complete our Check-In form or the Check-In Form included in your admissions packet. This form must be completed in its entirety and submitted in person to the International Programs Office upon arrival.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office at (208) 282-4320 or email us at