After Arrival in the USA

Airport information

Airport information

When travelling from another country, the flying process can take longer than expected. Between reviewing your passports in customs, checking your bags, waiting in line and finding your gates in an unfamiliar airport, your time in between flights will be short.

We recommend that you plan your flights to allow at least 3 hours between each flight. This will prepare you for unexpected wait times.

It is important to fly with your important documents, money and identification cards in your carry-on luggage. This will prevent your items from being lost or stolen during your travel.

Airport transportation

After purchasing your airplane ticket, click here to view the transportation options from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.

Students can choose between:

  • Taxis - AAA/Yellow cab, Mayflower cab, and VIP taxi

  • Rideshares - Lyft and Uber

  • Public transportation - Phoenix Sky Train and Valley Metro Rail

Housing check-in

Housing check-in

When you arrive to your assigned residential hall on the ASU West campus, you will proceed to the welcome desk inside to check into your dormitory. 

If you arrive before the scheduled check-in date, you will be responsible for finding housing accomodations at a local hotel until your housing is ready.

Residence hall contact information

Casa de OroLas Casas
Address4811 W. Verde Mall
Glendale, AZ
13510 N. 49th Ave. 
Glendale, AZ

Registration and orientation

Registration and orientation


Your registration information will be sent to the email address used on your ASU-USA Pathways application. 

On the day of registration, you will submit all your important documents to Global Launch. This includes your:

  • Passport
  • SEVIS I-20
  • Proof of measles immunizations


Orientation is mandatory for all students. In orientation, you will choose your classes, get to know your new classmates and teachers, learn about:

Health insurance

Health insurance

All students must have ASU-approved health insurance coverage at all times while enrolled. You will be enrolled at registration, and the cost will be charged to your ASU student account on My ASU

Health Insurance for Global Launch students is provided by UnitedHealthcare Student Resources.  Detailed policy and account information can be found on the following links:

Sponsored students with ASU approved sponsor insurance coverage and valid financial guarantee on file with Global Launch will be exempt from being enrolled in the Arizona Board of Regents Student Health Insurance Plan for the current semester. All other sponsored students will be automatically charged for ASU insurance.

View the Global Launch sponsored student page for more information.

ASU Health Services

Banking in the U.S.

Banking in the U.S.

There are many banking options in the United States. 

Free student checking accounts may be opened at MidFirst Bank or OneAZ Credit Union. On-campus ATMs are conveniently located, and various bank branches are located off campus.

It is best not to carry around large amounts of cash. A credit card or debit card is the recommended payment method in the United States.

 Other forms of currency include:

  • Travelers checks
  • Cash
  • Personal checks from a U.S. bank
  • E-checks

Banking options

OneAZ Credit Union

You can purchase a money order to pay tuition and fees if you open a free checking account with OneAZ Credit Union. There is also a location on ASU's West campus for your convenience. 

OneAZ Credit Union
Address4776 W. University Way North
Glendale, AZ 85306
Phone+1 602-644-4750
HoursMon-Fri: 10a.m.–5 p.m.
Sat & Sun: Closed
MidFirst Bank

You can open a free checking account with MidFirst Bank. In addition, MidFirst Bank offers the Pitchfork Card which combines the ASU student ID called the "Sun Card" with your MidFirst Bank MasterCard check card. 

MidFirst Bank
Address (nearest to 
West campus)
7485 W. Cactus Rd. 
Peoria, AZ 85381
Phone+1 602-644-4750
HoursMon-Fri: 10a.m.–5 p.m.
Sat & Sun: Closed

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