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International Student Advising: Tips For Success

International Student Success

Get registered for courses as early as you can.

Getting registered early for courses helps international students be prepared for the start of class, especially when it comes to getting their books on time. For students whose books are included in their tuition fees, being registered early means once books start shipping, they'll be in the first set of shipments. For those who purchase their own books, being registered helps students know which course to purchase books for and get them shipped in a timely manner.

Late registration for courses could mean your books are delayed or that you'll have to pay a higher price for expedited shipping to get them on time.

Register for your residency at least three or four months in advance.

Once students are registered for a residency in the United States, they can begin the process of apply for and obtaining their I-20 form, which will be needed in obtaining the F-1 student visa. The I-20 form can take 6 weeks for processing, so it's best to give yourself ample time to obtain all required documents for your travels. All non-US citizen students entering the United States for an academic residency are required to have an I-20 form. For more information on this policy, please visit the Academic Residencies' Form I-20 website.

Take advantage of the writing support for non-native English speakers - or even those for native English speakers looking for assistance with their writing skills.

The Academic Skills Center offers writing courses, and the Writing Center offers support in the form of webinars, paper review appointments, and other online resources targeted to assist non-native English speakers develop the writing skills vital to success in a Walden degree program. For more information, please visit the Academic Skills Center’s WCSS Courses and Workshops page and the Writing Center's Multilingual Student support page.

Visit the Global Students website.

The Global Students website offers a wealth of resources and additional information designed to help students new to the American education system become familiar with everything from billing to grading scales to multilingual writing resources.