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.
All students must check-in with OIS as soon as possible after arriving in the U.S. OIS Check-in is mandatory for all new international students and will be held virtually for the Spring 2021 semester. Through the check-in process, OIS will capture scans of immigration documents and provide important information regarding immigration status, as well as a checklist to help new students accomplish important tasks upon their arrival at NC State.
Registration is required for Spring 2021 Check-in. More information is posted on our OIS Check-in webpage, including the steps required to complete the check-in process.
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 official copies of their immunization records, complete the Health History form and Tuberculosis (TB) Screening form online via HealthyPack Portal. Students who have traveled to or are from “High Risk Countries” may need to complete a TB test after arriving in the United States. Students can check their secure messages on the HealthyPack Portal for updates and communication from the Immunizations Department. For immunization-related questions, please email email@example.com. All email communication should include your full name and NC State Student ID number (not your Unity ID).
At the beginning of fall and spring semesters, Student Health Services schedules Immunization Clinics for new international students to have their records reviewed for completion of the immunizations requirements and to administer TB tests as well as other required vaccinations. Appointments are required for Immunizations Clinics. More information about the Immunization Clinics will be provided prior to Orientation.
You can find more information about Immunizations and Tuberculosis (TB) Test Requirements on the Student Health Services website.
NOTE: If a student does not provide proof of immunizations, North Carolina public law requires NC State University to drop them from all classes. A re-enrollment fee may be charged to rejoin classes.
Email your Academic Adviser if you are an undergraduate student, or the Director of your Graduate Program (DGP) if you are a graduate student, to schedule an appointment to discuss information regarding course materials, policies, and academic expectations specific to your department. If you have not already done so, you should register for courses as soon as possible as some classes are in high demand. Some undergraduate programs will automatically enroll students in courses in their first semester. Check with your Academic Adviser regarding your department’s policies.
You will need your Unity ID and password to register for courses in MyPack Portal. Consult with your Academic Adviser or the Director of your Graduate Program for advice on course selection and program requirements. Keep in mind that all international students are required to maintain full-time enrollment status. Full-time enrollment at NC State University is normally defined as 12 or more credit hours per semester for undergraduate students, and a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester for graduate students. More information on course enrollment is available on the OIS website.
All incoming undergraduate or graduate students are expected to attend mandatory orientation sessions specific to international students. More information about OIS Orientation events can be found on the OIS Orientation webpage.
All incoming undergraduate or graduate students who will be living on campus, enrolled in a face-to-face course, work on campus, or live within an approximate one-mile radius of campus are required to submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test within three to five days prior to the first day of classes. For more information regarding the Spring 2021 COVID-19 testing requirement, please visit the Protect the Pack website.
Consult this list of local banks located close to campus. Some banks offer student accounts with discounted fees. You will need your passport and I-20 or DS-2019 to open an account. Some banks may also require a social security number, so you may want to call ahead to confirm the requirements for your bank of choice.
The Office of International Services (OIS) provides many services for the university’s international students, scholars, and their families. Beyond providing advice on immigration-related matters, OIS offers several cross-cultural programs including Breaking Bread, Culture Corps, ISSERV Volunteer Program, English Conversation Club, and more. For more information about ways to get involved at NC State, check out the OIS Programs webpage and the Get Involved website.
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 Guide appropriate for your degree level.