Admitted International Students

All international students must read this section for information regarding visas, health insurance, arriving early, ordering textbooks, and having items shipped.

Be sure to read the information in the other sections on the Admitted Students page.


Due to COVID-19, it may be that visa issuance at your local U.S. embassy or consulate will not be possible.  Please consult the website of a U.S. consulate in your country for instructions on applying and any restrictions currently in place.

International Students accepted to the two-week or three-week noncredit courses who are citizens of countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program may travel to the U.S. in the Waiver for Tourist (WT) immigration status. They must have an electronic passport and an approved authorization via the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). Please consult the website of the U.S. consulate in your country for more information.

Students from non-participating countries must obtain a B2 visa from a U.S. consulate in their country. Please consult the website of a U.S. consulate in your country for instructions on applying.

Students who are dual citizens (and will enter the U.S. on their U.S. passport) or are U.S. permanent residents (Green Card holders) do not need to apply for a visa.

All international students admitted to the Pre-College Program and traveling to the United States must ensure they have a valid passport (valid for at least six months from date of entry) for travel to and from the program for the duration of the program.

International and non-U.S. citizens participating in the Pre-College program are required to have health insurance. Short-term health insurance plans may be available through Seven Corners, Inbound Guest and HTH Advisors. To learn more, choose a carrier below.




Please be advised that Emory University is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and is relying on the U.S. Department of State, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization for further guidance. Updates related to the Emory Pre-College Program will be posted on our webpage. Information on this website will be updated regularly, and we will communicate time-sensitive information to students and families directly by email.

Emory University recommends you not make travel arrangements at this time. These expenses will not be reimbursed by the university.

We strongly encourage all students to plan travel in alignment with the program dates. Arrive in Atlanta on Check-in day and depart on Checkout day. Refer to the Pre-arrival Preparation page for program session dates.

A Pre-College airport shuttle is available from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to the Emory campus on check-in and checkout dates only. Be sure to check the times of the airport shuttle on both check-in and checkout days.

Information about the shuttle can be found on the Pre-arrival Preparation page of our website.

Reservations for the Pre-College airport shuttle are made through the PORTAL in your application.

Due to flight schedules, some international students may need to arrive on campus earlier than the designated check-in date.  We can accommodate you one night prior to your session's check-in date. Students will need to make their own travel arrangements to campus if arriving prior to their session's check-in date. 

Students should plan not to leave the program until the official checkout date of their program session.  All students should plan to depart the residence hall by noon on the last Saturday of their program.  We cannot accommodate late checkout.

The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has information about Ground Transportation on their website.  There is also information about hotels near the airport.

The Emory Pre-College Program in conjunction with Campus Life welcomes international students during orientation. Resident Assistants are prepared to help international students acclimate to their new culture, environment and educational system.

International students will be required to attend a separate International Student Orientation held at 4:00 pm on the 1st day of class.


At this time, we do not recommend making arrangements to ship any items prior to your arrival. Our office is currently closed and cannot receive packages. If you have any questions, please direct them to Ursula Spitzer at

Textbooks required for a noncredit course can be ordered through Amazon.  Unless a course requires advanced reading, the book can be shipped to our office.  Be sure the book arrives at least 1 week prior to your program start date. The book will be given to you at check-in.

Shipping Address:

Student's Name
Emory University Pre-College Program
550 Asbury Circle
Candler Library, Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30322



Use the address above for shipping items to yourself.
Please use FedEx or UPS for sending packages.
Do NOT use the US Postal Service. It can take up to 7 business days to receive it in our office.