Traveling to Emory
When making your travel plans, note that you cannot enter the United States more than 30 days before the start date on your I-20 (indicated at #5) or DS-2019 (at #3). Your start date is the latest day that you can arrive.
If you are unable to enter the US by your start date, please notify ISSS as soon as possible.
Follow the signs for Immigration, and have these documents ready to show the immigration officer:
- I-20 or DS-2019
- Admission letter
- Financial documents
- SEVIS fee receipt
The official must be satisfied that you intend to attend the school specified on the visa. If you're transferring your F or J status to Emory from another institution, you can use the student visa stamp from your previous school as long as it has not expired.
The officer will examine your I-20 or DS-2019 and record your entrance in the SEVIS system. You might be asked for documentation showing your financial support during your time at Emory (such as your award letter or bank statements). You should also be prepared to present your receipt notice of having paid the SEVIS fee.
When the immigration officer returns your documents to you, your passport should contain an arrival stamp with the notation "F-1" or "J-1" as well as "D/S," meaning you have been admitted for the duration of your status. Please check that the stamp was annotated correctly before you leave the officer's desk.
Go through US customs inspection, then get on the shuttle for Baggage Claim and Ground Transportation to pick up your baggage. Shuttles arrive every 60-90 seconds.
This entire procedure can take up to 2 hours.
By taxi: Taxi fare from the airport is approximately $35–$50. If you are living on campus, ask the cab driver to take you to Few Hall (4 Eagle Row, Atlanta, GA 30322) so you can check in. The drive takes about 1 hour during weekday rush hour (7–9 a.m. and 3:30–7 p.m.).
By shuttle: Atlanta Airport Superior Shuttle provides shuttle service to and from the airport for approximately $20 one way or $35 round trip, but you will need to make a reservation. Their shuttles are located in stalls F11 and F12, across from the taxis, when you exit the airport.
By MARTA: There is a MARTA station inside the airport, and you can purchase a ticket for $2.50 at the machines by the MARTA entrance. Take any train northbound to Lindbergh Station, which will take about 30 minutes. These trains run every 15–20 minutes. View train schedules >>
At Lindbergh Station, transfer to the #6 Emory bus. The bus ride from Lindbergh to Emory takes about 20 minutes.
Plan your arrival date in Atlanta so that you will have time to:
Rest for a day or two;
Find housing and set up living arrangements;
Attend international student orientation;
Attend your school's orientation program; and
Register for classes.