International Students

International Student Support and Orientation

New student orientation in August will include an optional orientation specifically for international students. The breakout session for new international students is Thursday, August 15 from 4:30 – 6:30 pm. Click here for details and to RSVP.

The International Students and Scholars Services office (ISSS) has information for new international students.

Our English Language Support program offers courses and support for students to develop advanced, professional skills in English. New students whose first language is not English must take the Laney Graduate School English Language Proficiency Assessment or receive an exemption. Look for more information about this in emails later in the spring.

Obtaining a Visa


ISSS assists students with issues such as student visas, maintaining F-1 or J-1 status, and PhD-specific issues such as registration, employment, research abroad and leaves of absence, extending your period of study and more.

ISSS Website

New students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents will need to obtain visas. Generally, you obtain a visa through a U.S. consulate in your area, so you will need to identify which consulate you will be working with. Contact a U.S. embassy or consulate in your country for details.

You will obtain documentation needed for your visa application through Emory's International Students and Scholars Services office (ISSS). Most LGS students obtain an F1 visa, and for that you will need and I-20 form. Your circumstances may be different, and ISSS is the best source for information about next steps.

Visit the ISSS website:


New PhD students must contact Emory’s Nonresident Tax Office for instructions on how to complete tax forms. The first step in the process is to complete the information in the Foreign National Information System (FNIS). This is required so that U.S. tax status can be determined and the necessary forms can be generated. In order to complete FNIS, please send an email to Emory’s Nonresident Tax Office at to request a user name and password for the system. You will receive a link to the system with a user name and temporary password. The email will also contain instructions on how to complete FNIS. Once FNIS is completed, the Nonresident Tax Specialist will review the information and send a follow-up email on how to access the forms for printing and signing. Reminder: Do NOT complete tax forms online on the Emory Orientation website.