1. OBTAIN AN IMMIGRATION DOCUMENT

ISSO will issue your immigration document (DS-2019). This generally takes 2-3 weeks. ISSO will mail this document via courier service to the address listed on your Suffolk application. 

2. APPLY FOR THE STUDENT VISA

After you receive your I-20, you will be ready to apply for your U.S. visa. J-1 Visa Application Instructions  

3. DETERMINE HOUSING 

Students who wish to live in Suffolk's residence halls must submit a $600.00 deposit. The Office of Residence Life and Housing will contact students who submit a deposit with information regarding the on-campus housing questionnaire and housing assignments.

Students who do not wish to live in Suffolk's residence halls should plan to arrive in the U.S. at least one week prior to orientation in order to locate suitable, affordable housing. Suffolk's Off-Campus Housing Office can assist students in their housing search.

4. SUBMIT REQUIRED HEALTH FORMS 

Suffolk University automatically enrolls students in the Suffolk University Health Insurance Plan (SSHIP). You may choose to use the SSHIP or waive health insurance in favor of your own. Please note: You must have health insurance to study at Suffolk University.

To activate your SSHIP account or waive enrollment, visit www.suffolk.edu/healthrequirements and follow the instructions. The deadline to activate your account or waive enrollment is September 24.

All international students must also submit their immunization records to the Office of Health and Wellness. The deadline to submit these records is August 1. For a complete list of required immunizations and documentation, visit www.suffolk.edu/healthrequirements

5. ATTEND ORIENTATION

Exchange students are required to attend orientation in August. 

TIMELINE

 NOVEMBER 17  Make $600 deposit online to initiate housing application process
DECEMBER 13 Resident Students: Deadline to complete the on-campus housing questionnaire found at suffolk.edu/mysuffolk 
DECEMEBER 15 Housing payments due for on-campus resident students
DECEMBER 18 Housing assignments from the Department of Residence Life & Housing will be emailed to resident students via their Suffolk email addresses
JANUARY 15 Orientation for exchange students
JANUARY 16 Mandatory Immigration Session for International Students
*JANUARY 16* Snow day for freshman, transfer and exchange student orientation
*JANUARY 17* Snow day for the Mandatory Immigration Session for International Students
JANUARY 19 University closed-Martin Luther King Jr. Day
JANUARY 20 First day of spring semester classes
JANUARY 30 Deadline to review and submit health and immunization requirements

*Please remember to take the online math placement exam before attending orientation. Information about this placement exam will be emailed to you.