International Graduate Students


For students coming to the U.S. from another country, we realize there can be specific concerns, not only as you prepare for your journey to Auburn, but also once you arrive and are living in a culture different from your own. In addition to the many resources below, we offer this comprehensive International Student Relocation Guide 23-24 for our international students.

*Beware of housing scams targeting international students


Many international students have found the campus and the broader community surrounding Auburn University to be a true “home away from home.”  An invaluable way to learn about life in the U.S. and Auburn is to get involved in campus life, student organizations, and our Cross-Cultural Programs.

Prepare for Auburn

Once you have completed all the steps for admission, been admitted to a graduate program, and confirmed that you accept your admission to Auburn University, follow the New Student Checklist to get setup and enrolled as a student. Additional checklist items are especially important for international students to complete as soon as you decide you are going to graduate school at Auburn, including:

  • make sure your passport is current
  • apply for a Visa
  • request official transcripts/mark sheets, plus proof of degree completion from all higher education institutions attended. If an official translation is needed, please contact the Graduate School.
  • provide official documentation of any required test scores, such as TOEFL or IELTS directly from the testing agency
  • gather and prepare the required medical documents and proof of immunizations
    • The ClearWave online portal is only accessible from a US IP address, but gather and prepare your documentation to bring with you and complete this online once you arrive in the US.
    • You will have a registration hold on your AU account until this is completed, so you will not be able to enroll or register for classes until this is done.
Plan Your Travel

Plan Your Travel carefully prior to departure from your country, with special attention given to arrival at convenient times for ground transportation to Auburn. Click on our Planning Your Travel to Auburn page for useful tips before you travel.

Airport Shuttle Service
is offered during designated days prior to the start of Fall and Spring semesters for international students. The Graduate School offers a shuttle service from Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) to Auburn University. For more information on days and times, or to reserve a spot, see our Airport Shuttle Registration page.

Temporary Housing
information can be Our “Settling In” page that lists some local hotels for temporary housing information.


Beware of Housing Scams targeting international students


Short & Long Term Housing in Auburn options are listed on our Settling In page. Our most comprehensive housing information is found in our International Student Relocation Guide 23-24 (PDF).

Local Resources
are useful once you secure housing, since you will want to consider setting up local utilities and services in advance of your arrival. A list of these local service providers can be found on our Local Resources page.

Once You Arrive

Check in with Office of International Programs. Upon initial arrival, all international students must check in at the Office of International Programs (OIP) at Auburn University.

  • International students must pre-register for a check-in and orientation session.
    • Location: Foy Hall – Computer Lab 213 (see Google map)
    • Sessions start at exactly 9:00am. Please plan to arrive to Foy Hall about 15 minutes prior to the start of the session you select.
  • Students are required to bring their original I-20/DS-2019, passport, visa and acceptance letter to their check-in session. Students with accompanying dependents in F-2 or J-2 visa status should bring their dependents and their documents with them to ISSS to check-in as well. Only the primary F-1/J-1 should sign up to register.

If you have any questions about check-in, please send an email to or an International advisor/DSO/ARO.

After check-in, OIP will enroll new international students in the Mandatory International Student and Scholar health plan (or provide proof of equal or greater coverage to opt-out). Make sure that you also contact the Health Insurance Coordinator after OIP check-in to ensure you have been enrolled in medical insurance coverage.


Complete the required medical documents and proof of immunizations. The online portal is only accessible from a US IP address, so prepare your documents in advance and complete this step once you are in the US.  Please note, a medical records hold prevents course registration, so complete this as soon as possible.

Get your Tiger Card.
 As soon as possible, go to the Tiger Card office, located in the Melton Student Center, to get your Tiger Card (student ID). Tiger Card office hours are Monday through Friday from 7:45am to 4:45pm.

Complete Graduate School Orientation
. Complete all modules of the online Graduate Student Orientation. Attend the Welcome Breakfast and Campus Resource Fair just before classes begin (check your AU email for details).

Get to Know Auburn

Get Connected. Now that you have arrived in Auburn after a long journey, you can begin to meet people, make friends, make necessary connections on campus, as well as explore many opportunities for campus life. See our Getting Connected page for helpful instructions.

Enjoy living in Auburn. Since Auburn will be your new place of residence, you will want to determine where to live, shop, and conduct personal business as well as how to get from place to place. To learn about housing, transportation, and other life concerns, check out our Settling In page.

Find Local Resources. As you are settling in, you will want to learn local options for banking, cellular service, grocery needs, utility services, and other personal business. For additional information about local resources, see our Local Resources page.

Last modified: July 28, 2023