Welcome

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Welcome to the Myrtle Beach International Student Online Guide for J-1 students visiting the Grand Strand area! This site will provide you with important information about housing, employment, transportation, safety, and fun things to do around the city. Please carefully read this website and follow the information provided to ensure that you will have a safe and fun summer!

NOTICE TO J1 STUDENTS FROM THE MB POLICE DEPARTMENT:
We wanted to make you aware that it is illegal for local citizens to charge you to transport you in their private vehicles. All drivers must have certificates and chauffer’s permits in order to drive students from place to place. It is our recommendation to take a taxi cab or bus. Please be cautious when looking for secondary employment advertised on websites! You need to work with your sponsors to gain your secondary employment the right way.

What To Do First
Register your United States address in the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVIS). You must register within 10 days of arriving in the United States. Failure to register will result in the cancellation of your visa.

  • Contact your employer and sponsor.
  • Call your family and friends.
  • Find Housing (see Housing page).
  • Apply for your Social Security card.
  • Get a bank account.

J1 Student Social/Orientations
The City of Myrtle Beach is in collaboration with the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, MBAHA, and the City of Myrtle Beach are presenting orientation sessions for J-1 students. These sessions will provide you with important information regarding your stay in Myrtle Beach.Here are some of the many things you will learn about at the social/orientation!

Myrtle Beach Orientations
Location: Seacoast Vineyard Church
504 27th Avenue North, Myrtle Beach, SC
2018 ISOP Orientation Dates
Seacoast Vineyard Church
504 27th Avenue North
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843.445.9000

All Tuesdays
Arrive at 9:00am to fill out paperwork
Program begins at 10:00am

• May 8, 15, 22, 29
• June 5, 12, 19, 26
• July 3

North Myrtle Beach Orientations
Location:North Myrtle Beach First Baptist Church
200 Hwy 17
North Myrtle Beach, SC  29582

• May 16, 23, 30
• June 6, 13, 30