International Students

There are a few extra steps international students need to take to ensure a smooth transition to RSPH.

We understand moving to a new country can be a challenging experience for some. As you prepare for your time at Rollins and in Atlanta, please review the links and resources below to help you with the transition.

I-20 Application and Transfer Clearance

Emory University and the Rollins School of Public Health offer a vast variety of resources to help support international students as they transition to our community and while they are enrolled. Emory’s International Students and Scholar Services Office (ISSS) offers a variety of programs designed to offer community and support to international students—programs aimed at academic success, and resources to help guide your student visa application. Once students accept their offer of admission to Rollins, they are assigned an ISSS advisor to help guide them through the VISA process. All student VISA requests are processed through the ISSS office. In order to complete the I-20 VISA process, international students are required to confirm their enrollment. Additional information and questions can be directed to the International Students and Scholar Services Office.


Visit Emory's ISSS Website

Secure Housing in the Atlanta/Emory area

Use the online housing resources RSPH suggests (such as to begin your search as soon as you receive your visa. 

When you find a place to live, make sure to find out the earliest date you can move in!

Secure Travel Arrangements to Atlanta

As soon as you receive your visa, schedule your travel in time to arrive in Atlanta no later than the first day of the semester, which begins on August 26th. Please inform us if, due to COVID-19, you have trouble making travel arrangements.

Prepare for New Student Orientation!

New Student Orientation will take place in August 2022. Please check back as more information is coming soon. 

ESL Classes

ESL 500: Academic English for Multilingual Learners is offered every fall semester; ESL 501 is offered as small group conversation sessions every spring semester.

Topics include academic writing, good scholarship, presentation skills, group work, professional communication skills, and informal English along with linguistic and cultural transitions.

This course must be taken by all first-year English language learners and is a graduation requirement for students coming from countries where English is not a primary language. Those who have attended college in the US or another country where English is a primary language are exempt from the program with the permission of the course instructor.