Undergraduate International Students Checklist

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Before you are accepted for admission please submit the following to the Office of International Programs:

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Submit the ApplyTexas application at www.applytexas.org plus application fee of $75.

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Send official high school transcripts (translated and course by course evaluated with a GPA).

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Send official TOEFL score:

  • iBt: 79; PBT: 550; IELTS: 6.5; or successful completion of ELI program.
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If English is first language, submit official ACT/SAT scores.

 

Once you have been accepted for admission:

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If transferring from another U.S. college/university, submit an International Student Advisor’s Report to current international student advisor along with acceptance letter from SHSU.

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Register for shipping your I-20 at https://study.eshipglobal.com/register.

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Activate your computer account through SamWeb. Contact the IT@SAM Helpdesk at servicedesk@shsu.edu or call 936-294-1950 for assistance.

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Complete the Airport Pick-up Form to request transportation from Houston International Airport (IAH) to Huntsville for students arriving for their first semester at Sam Houston State University.

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Apply for housing:

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Check your SHSU email account for your TSI Status approximately five days after your acceptance email. If you are not exempt, you will be given instructions on how to complete a pre-assessment activity in order to take the TSI Assessment test. You must be compliant with the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) law in order to be advised and register.

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Meet with your academic advisor in the Student Advising and Mentoring (SAM) Center. The SAM Center is located in the College of Humanities & Social Science Building – Suite 170. To contact the SAM Center, please call 936-294-4444.

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Visit the Registration website for information on registration for your courses.

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Pay your tuition and fees by the deadline stated on your fee statement. To pay in person, visit the Estill Building – Suite 103.

To pay tuition online:
  1. Log into My Sam
  2. Click on the “My Account” tab
  3. Click on “Make Payment through the Student Account Center”
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Submit proof of meningitis vaccination at least 10 days prior to the first class day or 10 days prior to move-in date if living on campus. Documentation should be sent to the SHSU Health Center. For more information visit Meningitis Vaccination Requirement.

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Attend mandatory International Student Orientation though the Office of International Programs. To learn more and sign up for the orientation visit International Student Orientation.

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Request your Bearkat OneCard, the official ID of SHSU, in person (Main campus - Estill Building, Suite 230 or The Woodlands Center- One Stop Shop) or online. You must present a valid government or state issued photo ID in order to request your Bearkat OneCard.

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Check-in at Office of International Programs, Farrington 116, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with the following documents:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Stamped I-20
  • I-94
  • Driver’s License (if applicable)
  • Social Security Card (if applicable)

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