International Student Life 101

International Student Life 101

Drivers Information License For International Students

Drivers Information License For International Students

Places near Atlanta area: South DeKalb Mall, Marietta, Lithonia, and Lawrenceville Centers

Call (678)413-8500 and selecting option 3. Other Centers will provide the service but do not accept appointments.

Required documents

  • Valid passport
  • Valid visa
  • I-94 card
  • I-20 (F-1) or DS-2019 (J-1)
  • 2 documents showing proof of local residence, such as a signed lease agreement, a utility bill or a bank statement (all must have your printed name and local address—each must be issued within the last 60 days)
  • $20 cash
  • Social Security Card (Your SSN will be verified if you do not have the original SSN card.)
  • After obtaining the form, please bring it to the Customer Service Center when you apply for your driver's license or identification card. In addition to the form, please remember to bring your valid passport and valid I-94, and proof of Georgia residency. All driver’s license applicants must pass a written test, road test, and vision exam

See for additional information.

How to Open a Bank Account

How to Open a Bank Account

Although many banks advertise that you can open an account over the phone or online, you should plan to open an account in person. As an international student, you do not fit neatly into any category set by US banks, and it will be easier to deal with any complications in person. In addition, it’s always useful to establish a face to face relationship if you require additional services. When you go to the bank to open a bank account, you will need to bring:

  • Your full name, home address, home telephone number, your campus telephone number, and your college address (Letterhead showing the local address – i.e. utility bills or apartment contract)
  • Valid passport
  • I-94 card
  • I-20, DS-2019 or I-797 approval notice
  • Any secondary form of identification (such as: your passport, your Student ID card, birth certificate, state driver’s license, or a letter from the International Students and Scholars Office)
  • Enrollment verification letter from your school

You will also need the funds you want to deposit and open the account with. Every bank has slightly different requirements, so make sure you ask beforehand so you don’t forget something you need.

Insurance For International Student

Insurance For International Student

Contact information: 224 First Street Neptune Beach, FL 32266 USA
Phone: 877-758-4391

Plans offered

The plan also includes benefits such as:

  • Hospitalizations and doctors’ visits
  • Prescription medications
  • Mental health
  • Emergency medical evacuation/ repatriation
  • Pre-existing conditions (acute onset only with the smart level)
  • Maternity and Sports Coverage (budget, select and elite plan only)
  • Personal Liability (elite plan only)
Health Care, Food and Clothing

Discounted Clothing

Goodwill Thrift Store & Donation Center

Long-standing nonprofit chain with a range of pre-owned clothing, furniture, housewares & more.

Address: 888 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd SW, Atlanta, GA 30310
Open ⋅ Closes 9PM
Phone: (404) 755-6440

Address: 1502 Pleasant Hill Rd, Duluth, GA 30096
Open ⋅ Closes 9PM
Phone: (770) 564-1728

Located in: Southway Shopping Center
Address: 864 Southway Dr, Jonesboro, GA 30236
Open ⋅ Closes 9PM
Phone: (770) 478-4970

Located in: Northlake Festival Shopping Center
Address: 3983 Lavista Rd #136, Tucker, GA 30084
Open ⋅ Closes 9PM
Phone: (770) 723-1112

Discounted Health Care

Grant Park Clinic
Address: 1340 Boulevard SE, Atlanta, GA 30315
Phone: (404) 627-4259

Grady Walk-In Center
Address: 56 Jesse Hill Jr Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (404) 616-6661

Community Advanced Practice
Address: 173 Boulevard NE, Atlanta, GA 30312
Phone: (404) 658-1500

Food Banks (provides food no charge)

Timothy Pure Holiness Church of God Inc.
708 McDonough Blvd
Atlanta, GA 30315
Fulton County

East Point First Mallalieu UMC
2651 Church Street
East Point, GA 30344
Fulton County
Resident of Fulton, ID,
Open once a month every 3rd Thursday of each month.

Ben Hill United Methodist Church
2099 Fairburn Road SW
Atlanta, GA 30331
Fulton County
Open every Saturday at 10am – can only come once a month
Resident of South Fulton, Food & Clothing
Must have ID for everyone served

Crossroad Christian Church Inc.
3545 N Henry Blvd
Stockbridge, GA 30281
Henry County
Will service everyone with a ID
Every Wednesday from 1-6

Cross Pointe the Church at Gwinnett Center (CAREPoint)
1800 Satellite Blvd
Duluth, GA 30097
Gwinnett County
Gwinnett County Resident, ID, Bill
Wednesday/Saturday 10-12
Come every 30days or 7 times a year.
Offers food and clothing