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INTO George Mason University Brochure by Study Metro

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INTO George Mason University Brochure by Study Metro

  1. 1. 2015–16 2015–16 Get Ready for INTO Mason
  2. 2. 2 Checklist Please make sure you have completed everything on this checklist before you leave home. Check Your Passport: Make sure you have a valid passport that will not expire for at least six months at all times while you are living and traveling in the US. Pay the SEVIS 901-Fee: In order to obtain your F-1 visa you will need to pay the SEVIS fee. See instructions on page 6. Apply For Your Visa: If you have an I-20 you must apply for an F-1 international student visa at your nearest US Embassy or Consulate. Schedule your appointment soon to allow yourself plenty of time. Find Housing: Do NOT wait until you arrive to find housing. For housing options, see page 8. See a Doctor: Mason Student Health Services needs copies of your vaccination records. For a full list of what you need, see page 12. Secure Your Documents: Before you can take classes you will need to show proof of your TOEFL English language scores and bring original transcripts and original bank letters if you submitted copies for your application. Check Your Finances: Bring enough US currency for the first few weeks, and find out how best to transfer money from your home to the United States. For details see, page 10. Book Airport Transfer Service: We will be at the airport to greet students arriving the weekend before Orientation. Be sure to tell us when and where you will arrive by following instructions on page 7. Under 18?: If you are under 18 years old, you are considered a minor. Make sure your parents sign the appropriate forms before you depart. Checklist
  3. 3. “Take full advantage of all the opportunities we offer at INTO Mason and in the Washington, DC, area. We are readyfor you!” Todd S. Rose, PhD Executive Director INTO George Mason University Check out our website with all you need to know before you come to the US: intohigher.com/mason/arriving Welcome 3 Download the INTO Mason Mobile App: www.intohigher.com/mason/app Pack Your Bags   Casual clothes for warm or cold weather, depending on when you arrive   Cultural items from home   Important personal items that remind you of family and friends back home Carry on the Plane   Valid passport with F-1 visa   Original I-20   SEVIS I-901 Fee payment receipt   Documentation of finances for your first year of studies   Your admission letter to INTO George Mason University   Medical documents in English   Original academic records   Enough money for your first few weeks   This Pre-Departure Guide
  4. 4. What’s Inside? 4 What’s Inside? Before You Leave Home, pages 5-9 What to Pack Getting a Student Visa Arriving in the US Housing and Dining When You Arrive, pages 10-15 Money and Banking Safety on Campus Medical Orientation Contact Us, pages 16-19 Student Services More Information Campus Map Campus Map Find out all you need to know before beginning your studies at INTO Mason. Have you scheduled your visa appointment? Visit: intohigher.com/mason/visa “Mason offers a diverse culture with young and energetic students from all over the world. The large campus has many facilities and is a great location so close to Washington, DC.” Xiao Yang, BA in Psychology
  5. 5. ‚ Students walking through campus ‚ Sharing cultures What to Pack 5 Plan to bring some US dollars. What to Pack Weather The Washington, DC, climate has four distinct seasons. Average temperature range: • January: 5° C • July: 32° C Dress Code Most students at Mason dress casually. There is no official dress code. Due to weather changes, you will need clothing for both warm and cold seasons. All of these items are available for purchase in Fairfax upon arrival, so only pack what you need for the first few months after you arrive. Cultural Items Please consider bringing your national dress or other clothes associated with a hobby or sport you enjoy in your home country. You may also wish to bring items of cultural interest such as photos, books, souvenirs, recorded music and musical instruments. See page 3 for a list of what to carry with you on the plane.
  6. 6. Getting a Student Visa 6 Getting a Student Visa Students with an I-20 will apply for an F-1 student visa. Before visiting the US Consulate for your visa, carefully read the instructions on the I-20 Certificate of Eligibility issued to you for your studies at Mason. For your interview you will need: • A valid passport that will not expire for at least six months at all times while you are living and traveling in the US • An original, signed I-20 for your INTO Mason program • SEVIS I-901 Fee payment receipt • Documentation of finances for your first year of studies SEVIS I-901 Fee Pay the fee at least three business days before you apply for your visa interview. You will need to pay with a credit or debit card, and you must print the receipt. This fee is required in addition to the visa application fee. • Your SEVIS ID number is listed above the bar code on the top right-hand side of your I-20 form. • Mason F-1 school code: WAS214F00683000 • Mason J-1 school code: P-1-04835 SEVIS I-901 fee website: www.fmjfee.com/i901fee Transferring from Another US School If you are coming to Mason from another school in the US and you have an F-1 visa, complete the F-1 Student Transfer Eligibility form at least 15 days before the start date of your INTO Mason program. If you plan to travel outside of the US before beginning your first term at Mason, tell us before you leave the US that you need the Mason I-20 for re-entry purposes. Do not use your previous school’s I-20 for re-entry. Bringing Dependents Your spouse or child(ren) may accompany you on an F-2 dependent visa. F-2 visa holders are not allowed to work or pursue a degree program, Academic English or any other full- time language training program. Visa Delays Email INTO Mason immediately at intomason@ gmu.edu if you are unable to obtain a visa before the start of the term for which you have been admitted.  Your SEVIS ID number can be found above the bar code on the top right-hand side of your I-20 form.
  7. 7. Arriving in the US 7 Arriving in the US ‚ Friendly welcome at INTO Mason Entering the US If you are an F-1 student, you may only enter the US within the 30 days before the program start date listed on item #5 of your I-20. If you arrive after the start date listed on your I-20, you may be denied entry to the US. See page 3 of this guide for the documents you need to carry on the plane with you and have ready to present at the US port of entry. Form I-94 The Form I-94 contains official information about your arrival to the US. If you need your I-94 number after you arrive, you can print a paper I-94 at: https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/ request.html US Customs Declaration Form You will receive the US Customs Declaration form to complete during your flight. You must complete this form and present it to the immigration official when you enter the US. Arriving in the Washington, DC, Area When booking your flights, remember that you should arrive in Fairfax at least one day before the program start date for your program. All students are expected to arrive at either Dulles International Airport (IAD) or Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). Both airports are about a 30-minute drive from campus. Airport Transfer Service We can arrange transportation to meet you at Dulles International Airport (IAD) or Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and take you directly to your accommodation. To book an airport transfer, let us know your arrival details at least 14 days before you arrive. Submit your arrival information: http://j.mp/intomasonarrival For more information about preparing to enter the US, visit: studyinthestates.dhs.gov/students/arriving
  8. 8. 8 Housing and Dining Housing and Dining ‚ Mason Global Center room All INTO Mason students are welcome to apply to live in the Mason Global Center. Undergraduate Pathway, and Academic English students who plan to progress to an Undergraduate Pathway must live on campus. Spaces fill up quickly, so apply early. Living on Campus Gives You: • Convenient on-campus locations close to classrooms, libraries, gyms and dining halls • Live-in student staff to assist you 24 hours per day • Securely locked exterior doors • Wireless high-speed internet • Study lounges • Laundry facilities • Anytime dining plans so you can enter all Mason dining halls as many times a day as you wish Your Room Includes: • Bed • Desk and chair • Closet space • Linen package including sheets, pillows, pillowcases and blankets If you will live on campus, we will send you a housing confirmation email one month before the start date of your program with more details about move-in dates and procedures. Off-Campus Housing If your program does not require you to live on campus, you can choose to live off campus. Consider the following when looking for an off- campus option: • How do you plan to get to the university? • How long will it take you to travel to the university? • Will you have a roommate or do you want to live alone?
  9. 9. Housing and Dining 9 ‚ Make new international friends living in the Mason Global Center. Getting to class on time is important so we recommend these nearby neighborhoods for off-campus housing: • City of Fairfax • Fairfax Circle • Fairfax Corner • Fairfax Station • Fair Lakes Masonvale is an alternative option for Graduate Pathway students. This townhome and apartment complex is a five-minute walk to campus: www.masonvale.com For off-campus housing options visit: och.gmu.edu/property/rental We strongly encourage you to find housing BEFORE you arrive in the US as apartments fill up quickly. Hotels If you arrive before your lease begins or before you are allowed to move on campus, you will need to make temporary arrangements. Please consult a list of local hotels found here: www.gmu.edu/resources/welcome/hotel.html
  10. 10. 10 Money and Banking Money and Banking ‚ US dollars Cash • US currency: US dollar (USD or $) divided into 100 cents • Bills: $100, $50, $20, $10, $5, $1 • Coins: quarter (25 cents), dime (10 cents), nickel (5 cents), penny (1 cent) You need easy access to at least $500 or more to cover books, cell phone deposit and plan, and other living expenses when you arrive. You should not carry large amounts of cash with you, so you will need to open a bank account. Bank Accounts During Orientation, you can meet with representatives from on-campus and off- campus banking services. To open an account, you will need two pieces of photo identification (passport and Mason ID card), your US mailing address and money to deposit. Transferring Money Before you leave your country, you need to know your government’s regulations and your home bank’s procedures for transferring money to the US. Plan to transfer enough money to cover your expenses for one term. Consider your living situation and lifestyle to plan ahead. Will you live off campus? Do you like to eat at restaurants? Do you need to buy clothes or more school supplies? Credit/Debit Cards In the US, the most widely accepted credit cards are Visa and MasterCard. Apply for a credit card in your home country before you travel since it may be difficult for you to get one after you leave. Cell Phones You will have many options of service providers and plans for talk, text and data. We can help you decide what is best for you during orientation.
  11. 11. Safety on Campus 11  The Mason Watch app helps keep you safe. Safety on Campus George Mason University is very safe and has its own full-service law enforcement agency on campus. However, you should not engage in any activity that puts you in danger. Here are some tips on how to stay safe: • Use well-lit and well-traveled paths at night. • Always lock your doors and windows. If you drive a car, lock it at all times even while driving. Do not leave valuable items in your car. • Travel with a friend or group of people. • Trust your instincts. If you do not feel comfortable in a situation, leave. • If you are being harassed or experience any threats, let University Police know immediately. You can call the non-emergency number of the Police Department and request a police cadet to escort you safely on campus. Mason Watch Mason Watch is a crime and tip reporting app developed by University Police. The app allows users to report crimes and provides safety resources. • Mason Watch for iOS: http://j.mp/MasonWatchiOS • Mason Watch for Android: http://j.mp/MasonWatchAndroid ! Mason Alert Mason Alert is Mason’s emergency notification system used to send notifications about school closings and timely safety warnings to the university community via text, email and telephone call. • Sign up for Mason Alert: http://ready.gmu.edu/masonalert
  12. 12. Medical 12 Medical Immunization Record Form You will receive an Immunization Record form via email that must be completed in English and signed by a doctor before you arrive on campus. You may receive required vaccinations from your local doctor or hospital before you leave your country. If you do not have proof of immunizations when you arrive on campus, we will schedule an appointment for you here. All required vaccinations are free of charge if you are enrolled in the university selected health insurance plan. Immunization Requirements • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) – 2 doses of the MMR vaccine OR Titer (blood test) report indicating positive immunity • Tetanus and Diphtheria – Pertussis (Tdap) received within the last 10 years • Tuberculosis (TB) – Screening Questionnaire listed on immunization form must be completed and submitted. • Hepatitis B – 3 doses of Hepatitis B or Twinrix, OR Titer (blood test) report indicating positive immunity OR a signed waiver • Meningococcal – Must receive vaccine between the ages of 16-21 OR a signed waiver For more information about immunizations visit: http://shs.gmu.edu/immunizations or email: immunize@gmu.edu ‚ Immunization form
  13. 13. Medical 13 Health Insurance Students in F-1 and J-1 status are required to have health insurance. If you have this visa status, you will automatically be enrolled in the university-selected health insurance plan managed by Aetna Student Health. You need to pay for the insurance the first week you arrive. If you already have health insurance and do not want to be enrolled in the university-selected health insurance plan, you must apply for an insurance waiver. Health insurance waivers must be submitted by the posted deadline or you will still need to pay for the university-selected health insurance. For waiver criteria please go to: http://shs.gmu.edu/ insurance/international/insurance-waiver. Only US health insurance plans will be considered for the waiver. Please remember that any dependents traveling with you also will need to enroll in health insurance. For requirements of a qualifying health insurance policy, deadlines and instructions on how to submit a waiver visit: http://shs.gmu.edu/ insurance Prescriptions Bring a copy of ALL prescriptions for medicines, eyeglasses and contact lenses with you to the US. The prescriptions must be in English. All medical documents you bring with you must be written in English or come with a certified translation in English.
  14. 14. 14 Medical Medical (continued) Health Services on Campus Mason Student Health Services provides healthcare services for illnesses such as cold, flu, upset stomach and headache. There is no charge for students to be seen by one of our healthcare providers for illness, injury or any other health concern. There are small fees for lab work and medications. Call to make an appointment. Student Health accepts walk-in patients for sudden illness or injury. Mason Student Health Services Fairfax Clinic Location: on campus Phone: +1 703 993 2831 Medical Services in Fairfax If you need urgent medical attention from a doctor without an appointment use these resources: Med-First Urgent Care Center Location: 9452 Main Street Fairfax, Virginia Phone: +1 703 503 1112 Inova Emergency Care Center Location: 4315 Chain Bridge Road Fairfax, Virginia Phone: +1 703 877 8200 Call 911 911 emergency services provide on-site treatment and transportation to local hospitals for life-threatening injuries or illness.  Free on-campus healthcare for students
  15. 15. Orientation 15 Orientation ‚ Mason students celebrate International Week. Orientation As part of your INTO Mason program, you will participate in a mandatory Orientation for one week. You will receive a separate email with specific information about when and where to go on your first day. At Orientation You Will: • Go on a campus tour • Get your Mason ID card • Open your university email account • Turn in required health vaccinations and documents • Submit any transcripts and test scores • Pay any balances owed • Take an English language placement test • Register for courses • Learn about student visa regulations • Learn about campus resources • Attend fun activities and field trips and make #intofriends! Course Registration Before you register for courses you must complete the English language test, turn in all required documents and pay any remaining fees. Student leaders and INTO Mason staff will help you every step of the way. Arriving Late to Orientation Students who arrive after the first day of Orientation must have a late arrival letter to present at check-in. Late arrival letters are approved on a case-by-case basis and students who arrive late are subject to a $250 fee. Students who arrive late without a late arrival letter may not be able to register for courses.
  16. 16. 16 Student Services Student Services Holistic Experience INTO Mason provides programs and services for your social, physical, personal and academic well-being. Our job is to make sure you are as successful outside the classroom as you are inside. We want you to make the most of your experience with us! Engagement on Campus Our programs help you meet students from all over the world and from every US state. We provide activities that help you get involved on campus and in the Fairfax and Washington, DC, communities. Student Care We have staff who can help ease your transition to the US. Whether you need to speak to someone in your native language, get a driver’s license or find a doctor, you can visit the Mason Global Center front desk and we will help you. Emergency Phone Call or text the emergency phone if you have difficulties upon your arrival in the US. +1 571 325 6540 ‚ INTO Mason Student Services team will help you with a smile.
  17. 17. More Information More Information 17 Download the mobile app at: intohigher.com/mason/app INTO Mason Contact Information Website: intohigher.com/mason Email: intomason@gmu.edu Phone: +1 703 993 4501 Mason Global Center Welcome Desk Open Monday – Friday There is a 24-hour Residential Desk INTO Mason Emergency Phone +1 571 325 6540 Mason Police Department (non-emergency) +1-703 993 2810 Emergency: 911 George Mason University Information www.gmu.edu Mason Student Health Services +1 703 993 2831 shs.gmu.edu Fairfax and Washington, DC, Tourist Information These websites provide helpful information about Fairfax, Virginia and Washington, DC, adjusting to life in the US, cultural organizations and events around the Mason campus. City of Fairfax: www.visitfairfax.com Fairfax County: www.fxva.com Washington, DC: www.washington.org Connect with Us! INTO Mason Facebook facebook.com/INTOmason Mason Facebook facebook.com/georgemasonu INTO Mason Twitter twitter.com/INTO_Mason Mason Twitter twitter.com/georgemasonu INTO Mason YouTube myin.to/MasonYouTube Mason YouTube youtube.com/user/masonWeb
  18. 18. 18 Campus Map Campus Map MASON GLOBAL CENTER MASON POND DRIVE 60 31 7 23 RA Fi Mesocosm Research Area Rapidan River Rd . Intramural Fields UNIVERSITY DRIVE OXROAD/ KELLEY DRIVE OX ROAD /RO U TE 123 BRADDOCK ROAD GLOBALLANE CAMPUSDRIVE BRADDOCK ROAD BRADDOCK ROAD R Field House R A PIDAN RIVER ROAD 1 Alan and Sally Merten Hall (formerly University Hall) 2 Aquatic and Fitness Center 3 Aquia Building 4 Art and Design Building 5 Buchanan House 6 Carow Hall 7 Carty House 8 Center for the Arts/Concert Hall 9 CentralHeatingandCoolingPlant 10 Child Development Center 11 Clock 12 College Hall 13 Cross Cottage 14 David King Hall 15 de Laski Performing Arts Building 16 East Building 17 Enterprise Hall 18 Exploratory Hall 19 Facilities Administration 20 Facilities Management, Archives 21 Facilities Management, Customer Service Center 22 Fenwick Library 23 Field House and Module 24 Finley Building 25 George Mason Statue 26 Greenhouse 27 Harris Theatre 28 Information 29 Innovation Hall 30 Johnson Center 31 Kelley II 32 Krasnow Institute 33 Krug Hall 34 Lecture Hall 35 Mason Hall 36 Music/Theater 37 Nguyen Engineering Building 38 Northeast Module 39 Northeast Module II 40 Nottoway Annex 41 Parking Deck, Mason Pond 42 Parking Deck, Rappahannock Rvr 43 Parking Deck, Shenandoah 44 Parking Services 45 Patriot Center 46 Planetary Hall 47 Police and Safety Hdqrt. 48 Recreation and Athletic Complex (RAC) 49 Recycling Center 50 Research Hall 51 Rivanna Module 52 Robinson Hall A 53 Robinson Hall B 54 Student Union Building I 55 TheaterSpace/Black Box 56 The Hub 57 Thompson Hall 58 Warehouse 59 West Building 60 West PE Module Residential STUDENT HOUSING Rappahannock Neighborhood 61 Blue Ridge 62 Eastern Shore 63 Hampton Roads and Pilot House 64 Northern Neck 65 Piedmont* 66 Sandbridge 67 Skyline Fitness Center 68 Southside Dining 69 Tidewater 70 Commonwealth 71 Dominion The Commons 72 Amherst 73 Brunswick 74 Carroll 75 Dickenson 76 Essex 77 Franklin 78 Grayson 79 Hanover Shenandoah Neighborhood 80 Adams 81 Eisenhower* and Ike’s Diner 82 Harrison 83 Jackson 84 Jefferson 85 Kennedy 86 Liberty Square 87 Lincoln 88 Madison 89 Monroe 90 Potomac Heights/Housing Office 91 Roosevelt 92 Taylor 93 Truman 94 Washington 95 Wilson Aquia Neighborhood 96 97 Rogers 98 Student Apartments 99 Whitetop* *24-hour Residential Desk FACULTY/STAFFHOUSING 100 Masonvale MAP LEGEND ■ Academic ■ Administrative ■ Event or Athletic Venues ■ Public Parking ■ Student Centers ■ Student Residence Halls ■ Faculty/Staff Housing CUE Bus Stop Mason Shuttle Stop Metro Bus Stop ROUTE123 96
  19. 19. Campus Map 19 SUB I 45 40 2 37 4 50 43 56 9 6 58 19 21 20 32 89 84 82 95 92 81 88 94 93 85 83 87 91 80 86 5 26 4417 30 14 46 18 2935 36 8 15 52 53 27 54 33 22 64 70 61 66 71 78 77 76 75 74 72 79 73 51 65 69 67 68 63 62 16 34 24 3 59 57 99 97 1 42 38 49 39 100 47 10 90 13 55 11 25 12 48 98 28 28 AC ield BRADDOCK ROAD ROBERTSROAD ROAN O K E RIVER R D YORK RIVE R ROAD PATRIOTCIRCLE BREDEN HIL L LANE COTSWOLD S HILLLANE PERSHORE LN EVESHAM LANE BREDE N HI LL SHENANDOAH LANE ROCKFISHCREEKLANE STAFFORDSHIRE LANE POND STAFFORDSHIRE LANE SANDY CREEK WAY SANDY CREEK WAY CREEKCT BUFFALO RIV ANNA RIVER WAY UNIVERSITY DRIVE RAPPAHANNOCKRIVERLN OCCOQUANRIVERLN GEORGEMASONBLVD PATRIOT CIRCLE AQUIA CREEK LANE AQUIA CREEKLN PATRIOTCIRCLE PATRIOTCIRCLE MASON POND DRIV E MATTAPONIRIVER PATRIOT CIRCLE PATRIOTCIRCLE PR ESID EN TS PA R K D R YO R K R IVER R D N O TTO W AY RIVER LAN E MATTAOPINRIVERLANE PO RIV ER LA N E W E N S Mason Pond Parking Deck BANNISTERCREEKCT. 41RAC Patriot Center Aquatic and Fitness Center HUB Johnson CFA/Concert Hall Center ROBERTSROAD
  20. 20. US289_MASON_PDG Through innovative partnerships with leading universities, we expand opportunities for higher education, ensuring success and transforming the lives of our students and staff. Download the INTO Mason mobile app Prepare for living and studying abroad with the free INTO Mason mobile app. Learn about campus facilities, housing and dining, living and learning, activities and social events, weather and travel information, what to bring with you and much more. Download the app at: intohigher.com/mason/app facebook.com/ INTOmason twitter.com/ INTO_Mason myin.to/ MasonYouTube instagram.com/ INTO_Mason intohigher.com/ mason/app © 2015 INTO USA, LLC. All rights reserved. INTO and the INTO roundel are registered trademarks of INTO University Partnerships Ltd.

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