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You should arrive at Dulles International Airport (IAD) or Reagan National Airport (DCA) at least one day before your program start date.


After you book your travel plans, submit your flight details online so we know when to schedule your airport transfer. We need to receive your flight details at least 72 hours prior to arrival in order to confirm your transportation from the airport.


We will provide transportation at no extra cost from Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Reagan National Airport (DCA) to any new students arriving from January 11 to January 13.


Students who do not arrive by January 14 will be charged a $250 late arrival fee. If for some reason you cannot arrive by then, please contact the INTO Mason team as soon as possible at intoadmissions@gmu.edu.

As an international student, you're required to have an F-1 student visa to study in the US. Additionally, you must have a valid passport in order to obtain an F-1 visa. Your passport must be valid for at least six months at all times while living in the US.

  1. Obtain I-20 Certificate of Eligibility
  2. Pay the SEVIS I-901 fee
  3. Confirm passport expiration date
  4. Provide evidence of financial resources
  5. Schedule your visa interview

We also have some additional resources to help you with this process:

  • You can find a US embassy by visiting this website.
  • Not sure what to bring? Here's a list of documents to take with you to your appointment.
  • If you have any other questions regarding your visa, our PASS (Pre-arrival Support Services) advisors are here to assist. Simply complete this form and a PASS advisor will reach out to you.

If you are unable to obtain a visa before the start of the term you have been admitted, please contact INTO Mason immediately by phone at   

+1 703 993 4501.

Schedule your visa appointment

You received an Immunization Record form via email with your offer of admission. This form must be completed in English and signed by a doctor before you arrive on campus.


If you are younger than 18 years old, your parent or guardian must also sign the form.


You may receive required vaccinations from your local doctor or hospital before you leave your country. Please bring copies of your vaccination records, with English translations. If you do not have English translations of your documents, you will receive any required immunizations during Orientation week.


For more information about immunizations, visit Mason's Student Health Services website or email immunize@gmu.edu

Complete your immunization forms and health insurance

Living on Campus

You should apply for on-campus housing as soon as possible to secure your spot. Once you have your housing assignment, you can check into your room starting Saturday, January 11.


If you have any further questions about housing please contact INTOadmissions@gmu.edu

What to pack on the plane and in your suitcase

In your carry-on luggage, you should bring the following:

  • Valid passport with F-1 student visa
  • I-20
  • SEVIS I-901 fee payment receipt
  • Admission letter to INTO Mason
  • Original financial documents showing funds to support your studies
  • Original academic records
  • Medications and a copy of any prescriptions written in English
  • The INTO Mason Welcome Guide
  • Cash to cover expenses for your first week, including books, about $500 USD
  • Any valuable items

In your suitcase, you’ll want to pack clothes for warm weather. The weather in January varies, but you can expect temperatures to vary between -4-6 °C. You may also want to bring cultural and personal items that remind you of home while you're living abroad.


Download our Welcome Guide for a full packing checklist.

Attend Orientation

Please make sure you attend mandatory Orientation. On January 14, we will give you a schedule for your first week. Events include:

  • Getting a Mason ID (You will get your picture taken on January 14)
  • Taking the Versant English placement test
  • Taking a Math placement test (only applies if you are on the International Year One Program in Engineering, Computing and Statistics or Science Pathway)

More information can be found in here.


Remember to bring the following items with you to Orientation:

  • Passport
  • Immigration documents
  • Official transcripts
  • Health forms
  • Acceptance letter

Students who do not attend Orientation will be charged a $250 late fee. If you cannot arrive before then, please contact the INTO Mason team at intoadmissions@gmu.edu .


If you experience last minute changes to your flight and arrival time, do not worry! Please call the INTO Mason arrivals phone at +1-571-325-6540.

Book your trip and submit your flight details

Contact Us

Write down or add our phone number in your mobile phone: 

+ 1 571 325 6540

For help while traveling 

call our emergency phone:  

+  1 571 325 6540

If you still have any other questions that weren't covered in this guide, please email us at INTOadmissions@gmu.edu