International Student Checklist
You will receive an email from International Student and Scholar Services with information about the Form I-20. Pay attention to the directions and deadlines in the email. Registration holds have been placed on your account until enrollment requirements are met. Failure to meet these enrollment requirements may result in your admission being rescinded.
The items in this checklist will help you prepare to register for classes and begin your BYU experience. This checklist is not personalized so it will not update as you complete the required items.
To Do Immediately
Accept or Decline Admission
You need to state your intention to accept or decline admission by the commitment deadline posted in your acceptance letter. You must attend the semester or term to which you are admitted unless you defer for a mission or submit an official change of entry request.*
*If you need to change your entry semester/term, check with the International Student and Scholar Services Office before submitting the request.
Enroll in Duo Two-Step Verification
We care about keeping your online account safe. For your protection, you are required to set up Duo Two-Step Verification on your account before you can engage with BYU pages, including registering for classes.
Complete the Financial Responsibility Declaration
Before you register for classes you must accept full responsibility to pay all tuition, fees, and associated costs while enrolled at BYU. Once you have agreed to the declaration, then that hold will be removed from your account.
Submit Official U.S. High School Transcript
If you self-reported any U.S. accredited work, then you need to submit an official transcript and validate that you self-reported classes and grades correctly. You must complete this task before you can register for classes.
Apply for a Missionary Deferment
If you want to defer your enrollment while serving as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you must complete the online missionary deferment. However, contact International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) at 801-422-2695 for rules and regulations about deferring for a mission.
Complete Enrollment Requirements
Obtain a Form I-20
To obtain your Form I-20 you are required to submit certain documents to the BYU International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) website, ist.byu.edu. Once you obtain your Form I-20 your registration hold will be removed. You will receive an email from ISSS with more detailed instructions.
Obtain a Student Visa
International students (except those from Canada and Bermuda) are required to obtain a student visa before entering the U.S. to study. Before obtaining a visa you will need to pay the required SEVIS fee. Make sure you keep your proof of payment with your immigration papers.
Note: Some exceptions to the visa policy exist for students who are Canadian citizens entering the U.S. from the Western Hemisphere.
Register for Classes
Use MyMAP (our registration system) to help you organize and register for classes. You will be assigned a date that you can begin registering, which is called a priority registration date. Go to the Register tab on MyMAP to see your assigned date.
Tools to help you decide which classes you should take include the University Catalog, the Class Schedule, the University Core (GE) requirements, and your academic advisor.
Note: There are potentially three holds on your account that will prevent registration. COVID-19 may impact these requirements. Typically, you will need to complete the following enrollment requirements: pay the $4000 USD International Student Deposit, verify finances, and, if applicable, submit the I-20 Transfer Request Form from your current U.S. school.
International students are required by U.S. immigration law to maintain full-time enrollment (12 credit hours per semester or 6 credit hours per term).
Required Course: You will need to register for Student Development 120. STDEV 120 is designed to help you adjust to the environment at BYU and will cover topics such as the American education system, adaptation and acculturation to the cultures at BYU, and regulations to maintain F-1 visa status.
Watch For Notices and Dates
Finding a place to live near campus is important. You are encouraged to live on campus for your first year. Some on-campus housing options may require you to have a meal plan. Meal plans may make it easier for you by saving time and/or money.
There are on-campus housing communities for students who are 19 or older. There are also many off-campus contracted apartments close to campus.
If you have completed additional work since being accepted to BYU, make sure you submit a final transcript to IERF or WES for evaluation. If you have questions about your transfer work and fulfilling core requirements, contact the Transfer Evaluation Office at 801-422-8522.
Admitted students that submitted the scholarship application are considered for BYU undergraduate scholarships. You are notified about scholarship decisions through YMessage.
If you are a transfer student you are not eligible to be considered for academic scholarships until after you have completed 12 credit hours at BYU as a day-continuing student.
If you have been awarded an off-campus scholarship or have a 529 plan, then have the granting organization send the money directly to BYU. It takes 2-3 weeks to process funds mailed to BYU, so plan ahead.
Pay for School
Tuition is due seven calendar days before the first day of class. Pay on time or you will get a hold placed on your account and your classes may be dropped.
To Do Once You Arrive at BYU
You are required to check-in at the International Student and Scholar Services Office when you arrive on campus in order to have your SEVIS record activated. Watch for updates from ISSS.
Mandatory International Student Orientation
You need to be in the country by the date of New Student Orientation (NSO) for the semester/term to which you were admitted (this will also be the entry date listed on your Form I-20). Please be aware that there is a session specifically designed for international students that you will be required to attend. Watch for updates from ISSS.
You can also sign up to attend the university New Student Orientation event.
Tuberculosis (TB) Test
If you have lived outside of the U.S. or Canada for six months or more within the last five years, you may be required to have a tuberculosis skin test. If you do not complete this by the first day of classes a TB hold will be put on your record. This test must be completed in the U.S. If you have any questions, please call 801-422-5134 or 801-422-7711.
Enroll In or Waive Student Health Plan
Students enrolled 3/4 time or more (9 semester credits/4.5 term credits) are required to have health insurance coverage year-round. You are automatically enrolled in BYU’s Student Health Plan one week before classes start if private insurance has not been reported. You will have access to waive the plan about one month before classes start. This is a yearly process and the deadline to waive the BYU Student Health Plan is the semester add/drop deadline.
Note: In order to waive the BYU Student Health Plan your personal insurance needs to be based in the U.S. You are required to have health coverage year-round. If you have health coverage when you go home for the summer, remember to waive the plan before you leave so you do not get charged for it while you are home.
To Learn and Be Aware Of
Message Us with YMessage
You may prefer to receive messages via your personal email, text messaging, or in other ways. But, these are not secure communication methods.
YMessage is a secure communication system that many BYU offices use to communicate with you. YMessage is available for you to receive and send messages about topics pertaining to your student record. Since it is secure we can send personal information that we do not through regular email because of student privacy laws.
Your orientation to BYU will begin in a few days. An assigned first-year peer mentor will contact you soon by email and text message. (Transfer students are not assigned a student mentor but you can request one by contacting the Office of First-Year Experience.) Check out “How to BYU” online to learn about campus resources and student life.
The Office of First-Year Experience also hosts New Student Orientation, sends you newsletters and information about succeeding as a new student, and reserves seats for you in high demand GE classes.
Set Up Guest Access
We recommend that students manage their own student account. There are cases where it is necessary for a parent, spouse or other third-party to access information or complete transactions on your behalf. Guest Access allows you to give another person access to your BYU account.
Subscribe Parent/Family to Newsletter
Subscribe your parent(s), family, or others to receive a regular newsletter about how to navigate BYU, dates, deadlines, and tips.
Maintain Lawful Status
Read through the International Student and Scholar Services webpage for your visa type to learn more about maintaining your legal status. If you have further questions, contact International Student and Scholar Services.
Employment, Taxes, and Travel
Learn more information about working while you are in school, required tax forms you must file, and traveling regulations and restrictions.
Review the Academic Honesty Policy and Honor Code
As a BYU student, you should seek to be totally honest in your dealings with others. You should complete and be evaluated on your own work. You should avoid academic dishonesty and misconduct in all its forms, including but not limited to plagiarism, fabrication or falsification, cheating, and other academic misconduct.
For ecclesiastical endorsement questions, and questions or reports about honor code violations, visit the Honor Code Office.