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Information for new international students

New international students at Augustana generally will follow the same steps as all other students to register for classes, obtain housing and all the other things required to begin life at the college.

You will receive information by email about your class registration, orientation and Welcome Week. 

It is important that you work on the steps in the order they are listed under each section.

Before you have your I-20

1. Tuition deposit

Pay your $350 non-refundable tuition deposit to secure your spot for this fall semester. This only needs to be paid once!

2. Financial Aid terms and conditions

Submit the Financial Aid Terms and Conditions form to secure your financial aid. 

3. Passport photo

Email International Admissions a copy of your passport photo page. 

4. Updated Certificate of Finance

Submit an updated Certificate of Finance that reflects your cost listed on your cost payment worksheet.

5. Augustana email account activation

Create your Augustana email account. It is important to note that your Augustana email address cannot be activated until at least 72 hours after you have placed your tuition deposit. 

If you are having difficulty activating your Augustana email, please first consult instructions here. If you are still having trouble, contact helpdesk@augustana.edu to connect with our Information and Technology Services office.

6. Log in to your Augustana email account

After you have activated your Augustana email, it is important that you log into your account on Google. Your email will include @augustana.edu and your password will be your account password. 

If you are having difficulty activating your Augustana email, please first consult instructions here. If you are still having trouble, contact helpdesk@augustana.edu to connect with our Information and Technology Services office.

While you're waiting for your visa interview

7. Schedule your visa interview before Aug. 1, 2021.

Let International Admissions know once you have secured your visa interview appointment by emailing your appointment confirmation to internationaladmissions@augustana.edu.

8. Housing application

Submit your Augustana Housing application. It is important that you submit this application regardless if you have secured your visa. Late housing applications may result in changes to your housing placement and overall cost.

9. Augie ID card photo

Submit a passport style photo for your Augie ID Card. This step can take multiple submissions if your photo is not approved. Please watch your Augustana email for approval confirmation. 

If you are having trouble with this step, or do not know if your photo is approved, please email accesscontrol1@augustana.edu

10.  Emergency contacts

Let Augustana know who to contact in the cast of an emergency when you are on campus. Typically students will list their parents or guardians and any relatives in the US, if possible. 

If you are having trouble with this step, please email deanofstudents@augustana.edu for assistance.

11. Accessing your bill

If you want to allow your parents or guardians to pay your bill, you must add them to your e-billing account as authorized payers. At the link below, click on your name, and then "Send a payer invitation." Here is a screenshot. 

Your parent or guardian will receive an email from the system with login information. They must confirm their login before this step is marked as completed. 

Bills for fall 2021 will be released in August 2021. Completing this step does NOT require you to pay your tuition bill.

If you have problems completing this step, please email studentaccounts@augustana.edu.

12. Student readiness survey

Complete the Student Readiness Survey to let your academic advisor know what classes you are prepared to take. 

If you have any questions about this form, or are having difficulty completing it, please contact orientation@augustana.edu.

13. Second language requirement

Let Augustana know if you speak any languages other than English to fulfil our second language requirement. You must have either four years of this other language in high school or have a letter from a school official confirming your fluency in the other language.

While the majority of international students speak more than one language, Augustana needs confirmation that you speak both English and one other language to exempt you from language study. It is important to note that while English may be your second or third language, Augustana considers English your first language. Your native language would be considered your second language for language exemption purposes.

If you have any questions about this form, or are having difficulty completing it, please contact orientation@augustana.edu.

14. Your class interests for this fall

Submit your course interests for this fall for your academic advisor. To complete this step, you will need to have the ability to look at multiple internet tabs at once to view our course options

If you have any questions about this form, or are having difficulty completing it, please contact orientation@augustana.edu.

After your visa is approved

15. Final high school transcripts and official test scores (SAT, IELTS, TOEFL, ACT, Duolingo)

Email International Admissions a copy of your final high school transcripts and your official test scores (SAT, IELTS, TOEFL, ACT, Duolingo).

If you are unsure if you have submitted these documents, check your applicant status portal

16. Email copy of U.S. visa

Let International Admissions know that you have secured your visa by emailing a copy of your visa to internationaladmissions@augustana.edu

17. Academic advisor meeting

Once you have completed all of the steps listed above this one, you will receive an email to schedule your academic advisor meeting. Failure to complete steps above and not attending your schedule advising meeting will result in the inability to register for classes. 

If you are curious about what steps you are still missing, or think you should have received an email to register for an advising meeting, please email orientation@augustana.edu.

18. Health insurance

All Augustana students are required to have health insurance on arrival to campus. International students can choose from three options to fulfil this requirement.

The Augustana College insurance plan is billed to ALL students on their initial bills. If you provide proof of purchase of another insurance plan, or plan to use your family’s insurance plan, this charge will be removed after classes begin. 

If you have questions about insurance options for international students, please email the Business Office

19. Immunizations and vaccines

Complete the required immunizations and submit a copy of your immunization records prior to arrival to campus

If you are unable to get a certain immunization in your home country, please email deanofstudents@augustana.edu for how to proceed with this form.

20. Traveling to the U.S.

Let the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISSS) know how you plan to arrive to Augustana College. It is important that you note as many details as possible on this form so that OISSS knows exactly when and where to expect you.

Questions about this form and your travel arrangements can be sent to oisss@augustana.edu.

21. Housing deposit

All students are required to submit a $150 housing deposit. International students may send a money order to the Business Office with their name and contact information. They also may use a wire transfer via Flywire.

If you do not pay this prior to your arrival to campus, it will be billed.

Important dates

Augustana College classes are in-person for the spring semester from Feb. 2,-May 20, 2022, with a one-week spring break at the mid-point in late March. If there are changes in the method of instruction, students will be notified as soon as possible.

• Quarantine mandatory arrival dates: Jan. 19-20. This is a required seven-day quarantine, which will start once you arrive to the campus via bus/car or the Quad Cities International Airport.

• Mandatory arrival dates: Jan. 27-28. Campus move-in for international students starts Jan. 27.

•  International student orientation and welcome: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Jan. 27-30, followed by Spring Welcome for all students Jan. 31-Feb. 1. Classes begin Feb. 2.

Arrival and move-in information

Move-in arrivals and procedures will be different based on your vaccination status. Be sure to complete the travel plans form by Jan. 5, 2022, to help us make arrangements for your arrival.

Foreign national air travelers to the U.S. are required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane, with only limited exceptions.

See the U.S. Department of State for the latest information on requirements for providing proof of vaccination and definition of fully vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control also offers an online questionnaire that can help you determine if you are eligible to fly to the U.S.

Arrival on campus

• If you are not fully vaccinated, you must quarantine for seven days upon arrival. All quarantine arrivals on Jan. 19-20 will quarantine until campus move-in day a week later. You may quarantine with family or relatives or on the Augustana College campus. Information about quarantine locations will be shared as soon as it is available.

See the Centers for Disease Control for the latest information on requirements to be fully vaccinated.

• If you are fully vaccinated, your required arrival dates are Jan. 27-28. Move-in begins Jan. 27.

Augustana staff and our student Global Ambassadors will be available to pick you up when you arrive. They will direct you  to Swanson Residence Hall (or the correct quarantine location if required). Remember to get your orientation folder and welcome bag! You will pick up your bed linens and drop off luggage in your assigned residence hall room.

Arrivals by air: Global Ambassadors will meet you by baggage claim at the Augie A (airport map) and then shuttle to campus for check-in.

Arrivals by bus: Global Ambassadors will meet you at Carlsson Evald Hall on campus.

Arrivals by car: Go directly to Swanson Commons residence hall at 1010 38th St., Rock Island, Ill., from 10 a. m.-3 p.m. Global Ambassadors will meet you there for check-in.

Please note that if you arrive outside of these dates (Jan. 19-20 and 27-28) Augustana Global Ambassadors and staff will not be present to greet you. We recommend you contact via Lucky Cab: 309-788-8182 for transportation to campus.

Travel reminders and alerts

Remember to travel with proper documents and safely during this time. Stay up to date on: