We encourage you, as an international student, to live on campus at Grand Valley. Laker Village and the International House at Murray are strongly recommended since most international students live in either of these two housing options. Request apartment-style housing instead of traditional dormitories ( dorms) as you will be provided a full kitchen. If you are a J-1 student, apply as a 3rd year transfer student. Visit the Grand Valley Housing website to apply. You will find out your housing placement in mid-August. You will need to provide your home address if possible. If the application will not accept your address, please use the Padnos International Center address: Padnos International Center 130 LOH Allendale, MI 49401 If on campus housing does not fit your needs, off campus housing is also available.
If you plan on studying at Grand Valley for more than one year, we recommend you apply for a Resident Assistant (RA) position for your second year of study. RAs are upperclass, undergraduate, students that live in the freshman living areas. They contribute to a positive community living experience by serving as a campus resource for first- year students and coordinating social and academic activities for residents. The RAs will be introducing themselves at check-in and as they visit the residents in their rooms during the move-in process.
Undergraduate students will be contacted by their academic advisor in May or June to register for classes. Be sure you respond to his or her emails in a timely manner, as it is important to have a set class schedule before arriving to Grand Valley. Graduate students should contact their own academic advisor in May or June. All students should have their classes by the beginning of August. There will be a chance during orientation to make last minute changes, but you should have a solid schedule by the time you arrive to Grand Valley.
No vaccinations are required by Grand Valley; however, vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, polio and tuberculosis are recommended. No proof is required. If you are bringing any prescription drugs to the United States, you must bring an English translation of the prescription with them. In case any prescriptions are needed while you are here, MetroHealth at the Campus Health Center can assist you.
As soon as you have purchased your flight to the Grand Rapids International Airport (GRR), submit your flight details here. Flight details must be sent at least 4 days before arrival to the United States.
Traveling with Cash:
Because federal law requires individuals entering the country with $10,000 or more in cash to go through a process of declaration, students should not bring this amount or more in cash. If you wish to bring your tuition payment with you, it may be brought in the form of a demand draft. Another payment option is to wire money from your home country before leaving or upon arrival to Grand Valley. TravelEx is an additional money transfer/payment method.
By purchasing a meal plan through the university, you are allowed a certain number of meals per week to be used at any on-campus dining locations. Meal plans may be purchased through the Campus Dining website. More information can also be found in the Understanding GVSU Meal Plans document.