Foreign Visitors & Sponsors Guide
Arizona State University hosts a number of short-term and long-term international visitors on its campuses each year. Depending on the nature of the visit, both visitors and sponsors should carefully consider a variety of factors related to studying and working at ASU. This guide overviews a number of those factors and provides relevant resources and contacts here at ASU.
Due to the complex nature of immigration, Global Operations recommends that all foreign visitors and sponsors contact the International Students and Scholars Center (ISSC). This office supports more than 10,000 international students and 700 international scholars on ASU's five campuses.
International Student Questions
Student Services Bldg.
International Scholar Questions
Costs to Consider
For all international students and scholars, the ISSC is your best resource. The ISSC can provide information, resources, and contacts for all costs related to hosting a foreign visitor. Typical costs may include:
- Visa Application Fee
- SEVIS Fee
- Medical Insurance
- Participant/Student Payments
- Living Allowance
Taxes & Payments
Paying an international student or scholar begins with completing and submitting the correct tax information. To review the most current information, visit ASU's Tax Information website.
For departments funding an international student or scholar, a Statement of Expense is due at the end of the calendar year to Tax Services. Contact Tax Services for clarification on when this applies.
- Paying Internationals - Is the student or scholar receiving a stipend, a payment as a participant, or a payment as a guest of the university? See the Tax Information website for more information on paying internationals.
- Tax Considerations - See the Foreign Visitor Tax Guide for information on how taxes are calculated for internationals.
- Tax Treaties - Residents of certain foreign countries may be entitled to reduced tax rates, or exemption from tax, under an applicable treaty between their country and the United States. See the current list on the IRS website. Contact Tax Services for the appropriate forms to complete.
- Pre-departure Orientation - Education USA provides pre-departure orientations around the world. Find an Advising Center in the foreign visitor's home country to learn more.
- Incident Reporting - See Compliance for Departments Sponsoring J-1s
- Identify an Emergency Contact during the visitor's entire stay
- Review the For Departments drop-down menu on the ISSC website to learn more about required visitor information
- Language Needs
- Transportation - Visit ASU's Transportation website for options in and around ASU and Tempe
- Housing - Visit ASU's University Housing website for information on student housing, guest housing, and family housing
- Cultural Guide
- ASU Maps
- Arizona Visitors Guide
- Tempe Tourism Office
- Arrival Orientation – The ISSC requires an arrival orientation for all international students. For international scholar orientations, sponsors can contact Global Operations for recommendations.
- Regular Check-Ins/Updates with the visitors
- Access to Local Healthcare – The ISSC can provide you with a J-1 Handbook that details local healthcare options.
- Dietary Restrictions – Visit the Sun Devil Dining website for how ASU is addressing Special Dietary Needs around campus. Contact Global Operations for further recommendations.
- Local Connections to Home Culture – Visit ASU’s Student Organizations website or view local language and culture meetups in Tempe.
- Religion & Spiritual Life – Visit ASU’s Religious & Spiritual Life website for connections to clubs and local faith communities.
Monitoring of Visitors
If admitted through ASU, the International Students and Scholars Center will monitor the full-time status for students and non-degree seeking students. If the visitor is not a student, it is the responsibility of the sponsor to ensure visa requirements are not violated.
Foreign visitors may have different return requirements depending on their visa. Contact the International Students and Scholars Center for more information.