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International Students

Steps to Enroll

To reserve your space, complete these steps in the SOLAR System using your Stony Brook ID number and password by November 1 for Spring 2023 and May 1 for Fall 2023 or the date on your letter of admission.

Pay your $150 Tuition Deposit

Pay your $200 Campus Housing Deposit (if applicable)*

Pay your $300 Orientation Fee


Access Your Portal for Next Steps


Refund Policies

Not sure where to start?

 Watch our video to view the steps you need to take to pay your deposits and fees to enroll at Stony Brook! Watch our video to see a walk-through on how to pay your deposits and fees.


A Note From Housing

*International students are strongly encouraged to live on-campus. New full-time first-year students are guaranteed housing provided the tuition/housing deposit is received in SOLAR by December 1 for spring admission; May 1 for fall admission.


Housing Portal

Receiving Your I-20

Document your ability to meet all educational and living expenses for one year of study in accessVIS, Stony Brook's portal for visa and immigration services. If you are unable to provide proof of financial support, you will not be eligible to receive an I-20 or to enroll at Stony Brook University. After you have paid your tuition deposit and submitted your visa application, we will begin preparing your I-20. Admitted students who do not fully document proof of financial support after they submit their deposits should be aware of our deposit refund policies. Do not schedule an appointment with your consulate or schedule travel plans until you have received your I-20.


Log into AccessVIS

Once you have enrolled and submitted your deposit, take a look below for the next steps!

Next Steps

Steps to complete after those above. Several days after completing the steps above, you’ll receive your NetID, which will serve as your single sign-on login for many University systems, including the campus housing portal and your SBU e-mail. 

Your Journey Begins

The first day of classes is Monday, January 24 for the spring 2022 semester and Monday, August 22 for the fall 2022 semester. Click here to view the University's academic calendar.

We Welcome International Students

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