International Student Orientation

International students must check in with the Center for International Education office upon arrival on campus. If you come at a time when the office is closed, come the following day of business.

Please bring with you the following items:

  • Passport containing F-1 visa
  • I-94 Arrival/Departure record you will receive at the port of entry
  • I-20

We will copy the documents for your file and give you useful information about the next steps to take for getting acclimated to the campus.

Drivers License

If you plan to drive a motor vehicle while at GCU, you may need to obtain a driver's license. If you do not already hold a driver's license in another state of the U.S., you may be asked to take a vision, written and possibly driving exam. If you purchase a car in Arizona, you will need to register it here and have an Arizona driver's license to obtain car insurance, which is mandatory. Please view the information at www.azdot.gov/mvd/azwelcome.asp for more detailed information.

Documents to Take

Arizona state law requires applicants show at least two forms of identification - one must have your photo. These documents should be in English. Recommended documents include:

  • Unexpired passport containing F-1 visa
  • I-94 Arrival/departure record (receive at port of entry)
  • I-20
  • School Identification card
  • Driver's Manual
  • See the Driver's Manual to study for written exam  

If you purchase a car in Arizona, you will need to register it here and have an Arizona driver's license to obtain car insurance, which is mandatory. Nearest Motor Vehicle Department location:

Phoenix West
4005 N. 51st Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85031

 Never drive a car in the United States without a valid driver license or car insurance.  It is against the law.