Congratulations on being accepted to Southern Arkansas University. Now that you have been admitted you need to start preparing for arriving at SAU.
Please follow these seven steps to prepare for attending SAU:
Step 1: Pay SEVIS Fee
Before you can schedule a visa interview you will need to pay the I-901 SEVIS fee. You will use the information from your I-20 to pay the SEVIS fee.
Step 2: Fill out Visa Application
Step 3: Prepare and go to Interview
Make sure to check the embassy or consulate’s website to see what documents you need for the interview. Also make sure you are natural, comfortable, and confident during your interview. EducationUSA offers some great advice on how to prepare for your interview. Being denied a visa is a possibility and the reason for your denial can be confusing sometimes. But it may not be the end or the road. Make sure you ask and understand why you were denied a visa.
Step 4: Notify SAU of Interview Results
When you know your results from your interview let us know. If you were approved we can start processing your student data and make sure everything is ready for your arrival. If you were denied you may be able to schedule another interview and provide more proof to help support your visa request. Make sure you understand why you were denied.
Step 5: Apply for Housing
After you notify our office of your visa approval you need to apply for campus housing. SAU offers different housing options for students from regular residential halls, to university apartments, and our new The University Hall Learning Community.
Step 6: Get Immunizations
Certain immunizations are required for students in the state of Arkansas. Before leaving your country try to get a MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) immunization. During your first semester at SAU you will be required to have two, so getting one before you arrive will make the process easier for you. Make sure to bring a copy of your immunization records (in English if possible).
Step 7: Submit Travel Information
You should plan to arrive at Texarkana Regional Airport (TXK) in Texarkana, Arkansas or El Dorado Regional Airport (ELD). These airports connects with Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. We cannot provide transportation from other cities, but we will provide free transportation from Texarkana or El Dorado to our campus. These are the ONLY airports we pick up students from.
Please let us know several weeks in advance and we will have someone meet you at the airport and bring you to our campus in Magnolia, Arkansas. Please complete the Transportation Request form.