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International Students


To reserve your space, complete these steps in the SOLAR System using your Stony Brook ID number and password by December 1 for spring or  May 1 for fall (or the date on your letter of admission).

  1. Pay your $150 Tuition Deposit
  2. Pay your $200 Campus Housing Deposit
  3. Pay your $300 Orientation Fee
  4. Complete your New Student Preferences

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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 and their new student preferences are submitted online by December 1 for spring admission; May 1 for fall admission. 

Not sure where to start? Watch our video to see a walk-through on how to pay your deposits and fees.

Pay your deposits

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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.

Log into AccessVIS

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.


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, February 1 for the spring 2021 semester.  Click here to view the University's academic calendar.

We Welcome International Students

Stony Brook is the home away from home for 4,599 international students from 100+ countries.
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