CHINA 1+2+1 Students

Step by Step Checklist:

There are 8 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: Submit Housing Application by Using Housing Online Portal

Submit your housing application on

If you have any questions about your housing application, you can directly email

Step 2: Take the English Proficiency Test

Take English placement test (TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo) in China by June 15, 2023, and have official scores sent to George Mason University. Scores must be received by July 15, 2023.

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

Submit your Mason ID Photo at:, January 4, 2024. 

Step 5: Submit your Immunization Documents

Have your health provider in China complete the Immunization Form and upload the form to the online portal:  byThursday, January 4, 2024.  

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

Step 6: Attend Orientation

All new undergraduate students in J-1 status are requiredto attend the on-campus orientation onWednesday, January 10, 2024. The location is at the Fairfax campus. Sessions include Immigration Compliance, the Honor Code, and Campus Resources.  The location is at the Fairfax campus. Sessions include Immigration Compliance, the Honor Code, and Campus Resources.

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

Questions? Email OIPS at or Yajie Mu (

Step 7: 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 8: Pay Fees

Pay health insurance, housing charges, and meal plan (if you were assigned housing without a kitchen) by Tuesday, January 16, 2024, 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: