Next steps for international students

Take a virtual tour

Accept your offer of admission

  • Log in to your appstatus page with your AccessID and password to let us know you're ready to join the Wayne State family.

Start checking your WSU email

Review your I-20/DS-2019

Apply for a student visa

  • Locate the U.S embassy or consulate in your country and follow the instructions provided for applying.
  • Students from all countries except Canada are required to submit an online nonimmigrant visa application (Form I-160) and schedule a visa interview.
  • When you go to your visa interview, bring your SEVIS receipt, WSU admit letter, I-20/DS-2019 form, documents showing financial support and your passport.

Canadian students entering the U.S are visa-exempt

  • ​Canadians may apply for the F-1/J-1 status admission directly at the U.S port of entry.
  • Bring your I-20/DS-2019 form, SEVIS receipt, documents showing financial support and your passport.
  • A cash processing fee of $6 USD will be required when you enter the U.S via bridge or tunnel.

Apply for private scholarships

  • You can search and apply for private scholarships by March 31.

Check out on-campus housing

Plan your arrival

  • Arrive to campus no more than 30 days before the start date on your I-20/DS-2019.
  • Please note that you may not receive your paper form I-94 at the port of entry.
  • If this occurs, visit to learn how to obtain your I-94 number.

Schedule orientation

Learn about placement testing

  • Prior to orientation, visit our testing website to determine whether placement exams in English, math or science will be required.
  • You are required to meet the university’s English proficiency requirement, indicated by minimum scores of 79-80 TOEFL IBT and IELTS 6.5.
  • If you do not meet the university English proficiency requirement, you must apply to the university’s English Language Institute.

Register for classes

  • Get detailed instructions on registering and sign up as early as possible.

Sign up for OISS check-in

Purchase health insurance

  • Health insurance is mandatory for international students.
  • Visit the student insurance website to enroll and pay for yours.
  • This is a requirement for your duration at Wayne State.