GET READY TO GO!

How should I prepare for my trip to the United States?

Before you leave for the United States, familiarize yourself with the different kinds of documents you might need. It is always a good idea to carry your original documents with you at all times. Do not put them in your checked baggage.

 

It is also a good idea to make at least two sets of copies of these documents: one copy to leave with your family before you depart and one copy to give to your school officials. Here is a list of the important immigration documents:

 

Now that you have your I-20 and the U.S. student visa, there are a few more things that you must do before leaving for Gardner-Webb University.

 

Which Program are you seeking?

 

Undergraduate

 

Graduate

 

Undergraduate

 

I-20 (F-1 Visa)

 

1. ) Activating Your GWU Student Account Online 

This will give you access to your GWU email, financial status, course registration, housing, etc.

 

2. ) Housing Information

After you have activated your GWU Student Account, begin applying for your housing contract. On-campus housing space is limited, apply NOW! (link to housing registration form)

 

3. ) Medical Form

Please complete the Health Form (link to Health Form) and return it to the Registrar’s Office (please note that part of this form must be completed by a physician). You must have the form completed in your home country and ready to give to us at Gardner-Webb University.

 

4. ) Health Insurance

Every F-1 international student is required to have health insurance. If you already have a health care provider who will cover you while studying overseas at Gardner-Webb University, you need to provide that information.

 

The University does provide a health care carrier for those students who do not have coverage (undergraduate students only). International students will be enrolled in this insurance upon registration at GWU if proof of other insurance is not provided and the premium amount will be posted to your account.

 

5. ) Parking Permit (Optional)

If you have a car here at GWU and want to park on campus, you must register for a parking permit. You can register here. (Link to Campus Police Permit Form

 

Graduate

 

I-20 (F-1 Visa)

 

1. ) Activating Your GWU Student Account Online

This will give you access to your GWU email, financial status, course registration, housing, etc. (link to: Initial Log-in to GWU “WebConnect” – see below)

 

2.) Medical Form

Please complete the Health Form (link to GWU Health form) and return it to the Registrar’s Office (please note that part of this form must be completed by a physician). You must have the form completed in your home country and ready to give to us at Gardner-Webb University.

 

3.) Health Insurance

Every F-1 international student is required to have health insurance. If you already have a health care provider who will cover you while studying overseas at Gardner-Webb University, you need to provide that information.

 

The University does not provide a health care carrier for graduate students who do not have coverage. Please make arrangement to purchase your health insurance while in the United States.

 

4.) Parking Pass (Optional)

If you have a car here at GWU and want to park on campus, you must register for a parking permit. You can register here. (Link to Campus Police Car Registration Form)