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!

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.

Sponsor Contact Information

List of Sponsors & Contact Information

For Sponsor 24 Hour Helpline Contact Numbers Click Here

J1 Student Social/Orientations
The Cities of Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach in collaboration with the Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Association and the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce are presenting orientation sessions for J-1 students. These sessions will provide you with important information regarding your stay in Myrtle Beach.

2019 ISOP Orientation Dates

Myrtle Beach Orientations
Location: 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 7, 14, 21, 28
• June 4, 11, 18, 25
• July 2, 9

North Myrtle Beach Orientations 
Location: Trinity United Methodist Church
706 14th Ave. North
North Myrtle Beach, SC  29582 – 843.272.5236

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

• May 16, 23, 30
• June 6, 13, 20