International Students

There are a few extra steps international students need to take to ensure a smooth transition to RSPH.

We understand moving to a new country can be a very challenging experience. As you prepare for your time at Rollins and in Atlanta, please review the links and resources below to help you with the transition.

Submit Documents to Obtain I-20 (July 20)

Submit the following documentation to RSPH before or by the July 20 deadline. We strongly encourage applicants to submit the following documentation collectively, prior to the July 20 deadline to ensure timely processing of the documentation. Please DO NOT email the documentation separately. 

  • A copy of your passport.
  • A completed Visa Information Sheet
  • A completed financial certificate–applicants must provide proof of funding. Specific instructions are listed on the financial certificate.
  • Proof of funding.

Please scan completed documents and email all information in one PDF to the Office of Admissions at sphint@emory.edu.

Contact sphadmissions@emory.edu once you have received your student visa.

Due to Covid-19, The Department of Homeland Security granted temporary approval for Emory to send digitally signed electronic I-20’s. Once your I-20 is processed, it will be emailed using your Emory University email address in OPUS. Please note: Wait times for VISA appointments may be lengthy. Please refresh your VISA appointment browser to view updated available appointments. You may also seek appointments with consulates anywhere in your home country. For F-1 students, there is a special provision to request an expedited visa interview. Students living in mainland can request information regarding expedited interviews. This option is limited to applicants who are within 60 days of a start date and no regular visa appointments are available. It is also limited to applicants who have not been refused a visa within the last six months.

We are also asking all international students to be in the U.S. by August 17 which is our official first day of classes.

The on-going Coronavirus situation is causing some additional stress and challenges for our students. Our thoughts are with students and families who have been impacted by this crisis. We are here to support you and answer any questions you may have. For updated travel information and advisories please visit the CDC travel advisory website and the U.S. State Department website. Please use the contacts below, should you have any questions or concerns regarding the Rollins School of Public Health. We will offer flexibility on an individual basis, if possible, in recognition of the various and unpredictable challenges our students are facing.

Immigration Support:
Emory ISSS–Isss@emory.edu

Visa Support:
Barbara Manning–sphint@emory.edu

Transfer Clearance Form

Students transferring their immigration status to Emory must complete the first page of this form. The second page must be completed by the current International Student Advisor and submitted by them.

>>Transfer Clearance Form<<

Visit Emory's ISSS Website

Secure Housing in the Atlanta/Emory area

Use the online housing resources RSPH suggests (such as https://offcampushousing.emory.edu/) to begin your search as soon as you receive your visa. 

When you find a place to live, make sure to find out the earliest date you can move in!

Secure Travel Arrangements to Atlanta

As soon as you receive your visa, schedule your travel in time to arrive in Atlanta no later than the first day of the semester, which begins on August 26th. Please inform us if, due to COVID-19, you have trouble making travel arrangements.

Prepare for the RollinsTogether Orientation!

The RollinsTogether Orientation will take place August 10-21 2020. Review Rollins Reminders (important dates), the orientation schedule, Admitted Student Portal and RSPH Admitted Student Facebook page frequently for updates.

ESL Classes

To learn if you would be required to take ESL, or English as a Second Language classes while at Rollins, read the welcome letter from English Language Specialist, Hannah Nicol.