First things once you get to NC State

Once you have arrived at NC State, you must follow important steps to ensure the maintenance of your visa status and foster academic success. 

Step 1. Check in with OIS

All students must check in with OIS as soon as possible after arriving in the U.S. Check-In is mandatory for all new international students so that we may meet you and have a record of your arrival. At Check-In we will scan your immigration documents and provide useful information including a check list to help you accomplish important tasks upon your arrival to NC State.  Registration is required for Check-In.

Before attending check-in, you must also complete the “OIS Compliance Agreement” in Mypack Portal. Follow these instructions to complete your “OIS Compliance Agreement.”

Step 2. Update your Local Address, Phone Number, and Emergency Contact Information

All students must update their local (Raleigh) address information every semester in MyPack Portal (NC State’s Student Information System). The SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) database is updated from MyPack Portal and uses the SEVIS Local Address to update your local address and the SEVIS Foreign Address for your Foreign Address. Please select the SEVIS Local Address check box after adding a new address in order for your information to be passed successfully to the Department of Homeland Security.

Once you log into MyPack Portal,  follow these instructions to update your SEVIS Local Address, Phone Number, and Emergency Contact Information.

** NOTE: The ”SEVIS Foreign Address” option in MyPack portal should only be used for your Foreign Address. Your Foreign Address is your address in your home country. ** 

Step 3. Submit your Health History and Immunization Records

NC State requires students to complete their immunization requirements before arriving on campus. To ensure compliance with North Carolina immunization laws, all students have 30 days to submit copies of their immunization records, enter their Immunization dates, complete the Health History form and Tuberculosis Questionnaire online via HealthyPack Portal.

Students must also submit official hard copies of your immunization records by uploading them to the HealthyPack Portal, or by sending them via mail or fax. The records must be officially translated into English and must have a health care provider’s signature, address, and clinic stamp:

Online: HealthyPack Portal

Attention: Immunizations Department
NC State University, Student Health Services
2815 Cates Avenue
Campus Box 7304

Raleigh, NC 27695-7304

In addition to submitting immunization records, Tuberculosis (TB) tests must be completed by students who traveled to or are from “High Risk Countries” after arriving in the United States. TB tests administered overseas cannot be accepted. Students will have the opportunity to complete the TB test requirement through NC State’s Student Health Services upon arrival. At the beginning of fall and spring semesters, Student Health Services schedules Immunization Clinics where new students can have their records reviewed for completion of the immunizations requirements and get their TB test. Appointments are required for Immunizations Clinics – new students will receive more information prior to Orientation. 

If a student does not provide proof of immunizations, North Carolina public law requires NC State University to drop him or her from all classes. The re-enrollment fee is $150.

Students can check their secure messages on the HealthyPack Portal for updates and communication from the Immunizations Department.  For immunization-related questions, please email  All email communication should include your full name and NC State Student ID number (not your Unity ID).  You can find more information about Immunization Requirements on the Student Health Services website. 

Step 4. Meet with your Academic Advisor or Director of Graduate Program

Schedule a meeting with your Academic Advisor (if you are an undergraduate student) or Director of Graduate Program (if you are a graduate student). If you haven’t done so, register for courses and get more information from your department regarding course materials, policies, and academic expectations.

Step 5. Attend Orientation

Whether you are an incoming undergraduate or graduate student, you are  expected to attend mandatory orientation sessions. More information about OIS Orientation events can be found on the Orientation Schedule webpage.

Step 6. Open bank account

Consult a list of local banks available on the OIS website.

Step 7. Make housing arrangements

You can opt for on or off-campus housing. The offerings for on-campus housing differ if you are an undergraduate or a graduate student. The University Housing Office provides comfortable housing in residence hall communities at reasonable prices.  Several residence halls, such as Alexander Hall and Turlington Hall, pair American and international students as roommates. Residence halls also offer unique cross-cultural programs such as ethnic dinners, lectures, and cultural events. E.S. King Village is N.C. State’s student family housing complex. The main goal of E.S. King Village is to provide a safe, well-maintained, comfortable living environment with reasonable rental rates. Raleigh is a rapidly developing city and securing affordable off-campus housing may be a challenge due to the current demand and expense of rental units. Therefore it is important to try and secure accommodations as early as possible. More information about housing can be found on the OIS website.

Step 8. Register for courses

Once you have your Unity ID and password, you can register for courses in MyPack portal. Consult with your Academic Advisor or Director of Graduate Program for advice on course load and requirements. Keep in mind that all international students are required to be enrolled at full time status. Full-time enrollment at NC State University is normally defined as 12 or more credit hours for undergraduate students and a minimum of 9 hours per semester for graduate students. More information on course enrollment is available on the OIS website.

Step 9. Check out OIS Programs and sign up to get involved on campus!

The Office of International Services (OIS) provides many services for the university’s international students, scholars, and their families including advice on immigration related matters, orientation programs, and English and cross-cultural programs for students, scholars and spouses. Such programs include:  Breaking Bread, Culture Corps, ISSERV Volunteer Program, English Conversation Club, and spouse programs. For more information about ways to get involved at NC State, check out the OIS Programs webpage

Step 10. Review the Pre-Arrival Guide as Needed

The Pre-Arrival Guides for International Students are valuable resources to assist international students in their transition to NC State and Raleigh. Please contact OIS if you have further questions after reading the material in the Pre-Arrival Guides.