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. Attend OIS Check-in as Soon as Possible after Arriving in the U.S. – Mandatory

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 so that we may meet you in person and have a record of your arrival. At Check-in, OIS staff will scan your immigration documents and provide important information regarding your immigration status, as well as a checklist to help you accomplish important tasks upon your arrival to NC State. Registration is not required for Spring 2019 Check-in. 

Before attending OIS Check-in, all students need to complete the OIS Compliance Verification form, and update their SEVIS Local Address, U.S. Phone Number, and Emergency Contact Information in MyPack Portal. Once you log into MyPack Portal, follow these instructionsOIS will not be able to register your SEVIS record until all of these steps have been completed.

All students must update their SEVIS 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.

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 2. Schedule an Appointment with Student Health to Review your Immunization Records for Completion of the Requirements

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 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 him or her from all classes. The re-enrollment fee is $150.

Step 3. Meet with your Academic Adviser or the Director of your Graduate Program (DGP)

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.

Step 4. Register for Courses

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.

Step 5. Attend Orientation – Mandatory

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.

Step 6. Open Bank Account

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.

Step 7.  Choose your Housing Arrangements

Beginning fall 2017, all new first year undergraduate students, including international undergraduates, will be required to live on campus. More information about the on-campus housing requirement as it pertains to international students can be found on the OIS On-Campus Housing webpage.  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.

Graduate students are also welcome to stay in University Housing, but are not required to do so. University Housing provides comfortable housing at reasonable prices for graduate students in on-campus apartment communities. E.S. King Village at NC State provides on-campus housing for individuals and families. 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 Housing and Utilities webpage.

Step 8. 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. 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

Step 9. 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 Guide appropriate for your degree level.