Orientation and Language Testing

Mandatory New Student Check-In Requirements

Before registering for classes the first semester, all new international students must visit the ISSS Office (Educational Services Center, Suite 800) to have your immigration documents checked and physical presence reported. Please bring the following documents:

  • Passport
  • F-1 or J-1 US Entry Visa (except Canadian or Bermudian citizens)
  • I-94 (whether a hard-copy paper card; or electronic as indicated by an admission/entry stamp in passport)
  • I-20 (for F-1 students) or DS-2019 (for J-1 students) issued by NMSU
  • Any previously issued I-20(s) or DS-2019(s) from previous program, if applicable (This is required for transfer students)
  • Any other official correspondence from USCIS, such as an I-797, if applicable

At this time, students will receive a checklist of requirements that need to be completed prior to class registration. The requirements include but are not limited to: language testing and placement (if required), international student orientation, academic advising, health insurance purchase, and tuberculosis (TB) testing. It is important for new students to arrive early to have these tasks completed before the start of classes.

Fall 2019 check-in begins Monday, August 12.

English Language Testing

Language testing (the NMSU English Language Placement Test or ELPT) is conducted as part of each semester’s orientation activities. Depending on the results, students may be placed into one or more English-language courses during their first semester. Waiving or deferral of these requirements is not allowed. New students may be required to take the ELPT depending on the conditions of their admission.


Meet new friends and learn about American, New Mexico, and University culture at the International Student Orientation.  Attending orientation is required of all new and transfer international students, and acquaints students with NMSU’s programs and services, its policies and procedures, and its beautiful campus.  This orientation program will also address:

  • VISA and immigration requirements
  • Campus Safety
  • A tour of campus, to include a stop to obtain your Aggie ID card and student union for lunch

Academic advising and course registration follows orientation sessions. At NMSU, undergraduate students receive academic advising at the Center for Academic Advising and Student Success (CAASS).  CAASS provides a central location on campus where undergraduate students, no matter your major, can partner with an academic advisor.  Graduate students receive advising from their advisor in their academic department.

Fall 2019 orientation will be held on Wednesday, August 14, beginning at 8 a.m. in Hardman Jacobs Learning Center, Room 125.

  • NMSU International & Border Programs: ISSS
  • isss@nmsu.edu
  • (575) 646-2834
  • Educational Services Center, Suite 800
  • MSC 3A / P.O. Box 30001, Las Cruces, NM 88003


Translate »