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International Student

This checklist will prepare you for BYU as a newly admitted international student. Read through and explore each item to lay your groundwork for success.

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 Failure to meet these enrollment requirements may result in your admission being rescinded.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.

NOTE: Many changes have occurred on campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage you to review the BYU COVID-19 Updates website to see how your fall semester will be impacted.

To Do Immediately

Accept or Decline Admission Required Action

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.

Accept or Decline Admission

Change Entry Term Request

Complete the Financial Responsibility Declaration Required Action

Before you can 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.

Financial Responsibility Declaration

Submit Official U.S. High School Transcript Required Action

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.

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Submit an Official ACT or SAT Test Score

You may have self-reported your ACT or SAT score on the admission application. If you did, then we need to validate that you self-reported the test score accurately. We must receive your official test score before you will be able to register for classes. If the official score has already been sent by the testing agency, you do not need to resubmit it.

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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.

Mission Deferment Form

Departing Missionary Checklist

Complete Enrollment Requirements

Pay International Student Deposit Required Action

Undergraduate international students are required to pay a $4,000 USD deposit at BYU. You must pay the deposit before you can get your student visa paperwork.

Pay International Student Deposit

More Info about International Student Deposit

Obtain a Form I-20 Required Action

To obtain your Form I-20 you are required to submit certain documents to the BYU International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) website, Once you obtain your Form I-20 your registration hold will be removed. You will receive an email from ISSS with more detailed instructions.

Enrollment Requirement Details

Obtain a Student Visa Required Action

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.

More Info about Student Visa
Exceptions to Visa Policy

Register for Classes Required Action

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.


More Info about Registration
More Info about Academic Advisement

Watch For Notices and Dates

Find Housing Required Action

Finding a place to live near campus is important. You are encouraged to live on campus during 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.

On-Campus Housing

Off-Campus Housing

More Info about Meal Plans

Transferring Credit

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.

More Info about Transfer Evaluation
More Info about Submitting International Transcripts


Admitted students that applied are considered for BYU academic, private, and many departmental scholarships with specialized criteria for those that applied. 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.


New Freshman Scholarships
Off-Campus Scholarships

Pay for School Required Action

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.

Tuition Costs and Policies

To Do Once You Arrive at BYU

Mandatory Check-In Required Action

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.

More Info about Mandatory Check-In

Mandatory International Student Orientation Required Action

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.

International Student Orientation Meeting Info

Register for University New Student Orientation

Tuberculosis (TB) Test Required Action

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.

More Info about TB Tests

Enroll In or Waive Student Health Plan Required Action

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.

Student Health Plan

More Info about Health Plans

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.


Learn About My Financial Center

My Financial Center is BYU’s online financial system. You will use it to pay tuition and charges, manage your financial aid and scholarships, and find important alerts about your student account.

My Financial Center

More Info about My Financial Center

First-Year Orientation

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.

NOTE: With changes resulting from COVID-19, all New Student Orientations will be an online experience this year.

How to BYU

More Info about First-Year Mentoring

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.

Guest Access

More Info about Guest Access

Maintain Lawful Status Required Action

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.

More Info for F-1 Students
More Info for F-2 Students
More Info for J-1 Students
More Info for J-2 Dependents

Employment, Taxes, and Travel Required Action

Learn more information about working while you are in school, required tax forms you must file, and traveling regulations and restrictions.

More Info

Review the Academic Honesty Policy and Honor Code Required Action

As a BYU student, you should seek to be completely 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.

Academic Honesty Policy
Honor Code
Honor Code Office

Follow Enrollment Services on Social Media

Stay up to date and informed with tips and info throughout the year by following one of our social media channels!