Clayton State UniversityOffice of International Programs (OIP)
Call or email for advising appointment
2000 Clayton State Blvd.
Morrow, GA 30260-0285
Tel: (678) 466-5499
Fax: (678) 466-5469RyanPackard@clayton.edu
Calling Cards: Upon your initial arrival in the U.S., one of the best ways to call home is to purchase a calling card online, also called a "phone card" (Ex: callingcards.com) or from a local convenience store. Follow the instructions on the back of the calling card. The card will provide a free number to call and will provide you the authorization number to enter. The time used for personal calls will be deducted from the card. After each call, you will be told how much time is remaining on your card.
Cell phones: Later, you may want to establish an account with a U.S. cell phone company. However, most US companies will require you to have a Social Security card first in order to check your credit history. If you don't have a credit history in the US because you are new, ask if you can pay a deposit in lieu of a credit history. Otherwise, you may have to find someone to co-sign for your first cell phone account. This means they take responsibility for the bill in case you don't or can't pay it. There are many types of cell phone plans available. It is best to talk with other students (especially those from your same country if you plan to call home) to find what is the best plan for you. If you are only going to be in the U.S. for a semester or year, you may want to buy an inexpensive "pre-paid" phone that doesn't require any credit checks or long-term contract. Major U.S. cell phone providers are: Sprint, AT&T, Verizon, Tmobile.
Virtual Calling: Some calling capabilities are available online through messaging sites like Skype and Google Talk. Skype is a popular service used to make long-distance and international calls as well as instant messaging and video calling. Skype is free as long as it is to another Skype account. Any calls made to a direct line or cellular phone requires a fee that can be paid monthly or as you call. Skype may also be available on certain cell phones that allow you to call while away from your computer. You may also get a special number from Skype allowing you to call from your mobile phone at discounted rates internationally.
The Magic Jack is also a new tool used from your home computer or laptop. You may buy one year of free local and long distance calling to the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. You can both receive and dial calls from your computer while the Magic Jack is active. International rates vary depending on which country you are calling.
Area Code: The Morrow, GA area code is 678. If you are dialing a Morrow number from outside of the city, you need to first dial the 678 area code. It is not necessary to dial the area code when calling within the city.
Information (Directory Assistance): You may look up phone numbers primarily for businesses in the "white pages" or "yellow pages" telephone directories online. If you cannot find a number there, you may call "information." Please note that there is a small fee for dialing information.
When you call information, the operator will ask you what city you need. Then, give the name of the business or organization you wish to call. The operator will give you the phone number.
Direct International Calls: If you have a long distance service provider, you can make a direct international call. Dial the following:
Calls on Campus: All Clayton State University campus phone numbers begin with the pre-fix "466". If you are on campus and phoning another department with the same prefix, you only need to dial the last four numbers.
Note: ISSO may not send email to an alternate / personal email address after your arrival on campus. Therefore, it is your responsibility to check your Laker email regularly and delete old or uneeded email. Being over-capacity will block your email access.
Email: Clayton State University provides each student with a university "SWAN" e-mail account. This is the official means of communication at the university, and it is important to check your e-mail account regularly. The Clayton State ... provides information about establishing your email account.
Clayton State is one of the most "wired campuses" in the U.S. with convenient Internet and computer access located throughout campus. In addition, each residence hall room is equipped with Internet access.
Mail: Students living on campus in the university residence halls will be assigned a campus mailbox from the Housing office with room assignments. Mail is delivered Monday through Friday. You may purchase stamps and send mail from the Laker Card Office located next to the Lakeside Dining Hall. You should not plan to receive mail at Clayton State until after you arrive. Please do not address personal mail to the ISSO as it will likely be lost or undelivered.