CHINA 1+2+1 Students

Step by Step Checklist:

There are 10 key steps you need to take from now until your first class.  It is important that you carefully review each step so that you do not miss any important deadlines or requirements.  To get started, click on the down arrow in front of each step.

Step 1: Send your Housing Preference

Send your housing preference to by June 10 

Step 2: Take the English Placement

Take the English placement test (TOEFL, IELTS) in China by June 15 and have official scores sent to George Mason University. Scores must be received by July 15 

Step 3: Download the Blackboard App

Download the app Blackboard App for Students on your smartphone  

Blackboard App for Students is a free mobile and tablet-optimized app for iOS, Android, and Microsoft. This app gives Mason students access to their Blackboard course content on a variety of mobile devices. The first release of Blackboard App includes the ability to access courses, view course content, take tests, participate in discussions, and join Collaborate sessions.  


Step 4: Submit your Mason ID Photo

Step 5: Pay The Full-Year Cost

Pay full-year cost via Flywire: by July 31, 2020 (Please make sure to include your G#:).  

Step 6: Submit you Immunization Documents

Have your health provider in China complete the Immunization Form and upload the form to the online portal:  

To learn about immunization requirements and translation resources, go to the Student Health Services website or send an email to  

Step 7: Attend Orientation

COVID-19 International Orientation Update: With the health and safety of  the university community being our main priority, George Mason University has made the decision to move our international student orientation online for Fall 2021. Though a virtual format, students must still register for Orientation. On Monday, August 2, 2021, we will be releasing pre-recorded virtual content for students to view at their own pace. All content should be viewed and the final assessment should be completed not later than Sunday, August 22, 2021. Information about the virtual orientation process will be sent to students who register for orientation via their Masonlive email.

Welcome to Mason and we are very excited for you to be joining our dynamic international student community!

More information about Mason’s response to COVID-19 is available at

Step 8: Complete International Student Check-In

All new international students are required to check-in with the Office of International Programs and Services (OIPS). This is the key step to let Mason know you have arrived. Not doing so could cause problems with a variety of administrative requirements. Have your DS-2019, Passport, and Visa ready to complete the International Student Check-In. More information about the check-in can be found at:

Step 9: Pay Fees

Pay health insurance, housing charges, and meal plan (if you were assigned housing without a kitchen) by Monday, August 23, 2021, at 4:30 pm. GMU’s Cashier’s Office is located in SUB I, room 1501.  

George Mason has partnered with Flywire to streamline the tuition payment process for our international students. Flywire allows students to pay from any country and any bank. They also offer excellent foreign exchange rates, allowing you to pay in your home currency (in most cases) and save a significant amount of money, compared to traditional banks. You will be able to track the progress of your payment throughout the transfer process via a student dashboard and you will also be notified via email when your payment is received by Mason. If you need to make an international payment, please visit Flywire. For more information on payment installment plans visit:

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