New Students: Freshmen
Congratulations on your admission to California State University, Fullerton! This checklist is for new international freshmen who will begin their first semester at the University. Bookmark this page and visit often to successfully prepare for your first semester at CSUF.
Pre-Semester Start Checklist
Please complete all items before the start of your first semester at CSUF. Many items will have to be completed well before the semester starts, so please read the entire list and prepare early.
Admitted freshmen have until May 1st to accept admission and pay the $250 enrollment deposit. If you are admitted after April 15th, you have two weeks from the date of admission, printed on the admit letter, to accept your admission offer. The deposit will be applied to your first semester registration fees. If you do not submit the Intent to Enroll and pay the deposit, it is assumed that you do not plan to attend CSUF and your space will be made available to another student.
For instructions on how to accept your admission and pay the deposit, visit the Admissions and Records webpage on accepting admission.
All new CSUF international freshmen must complete all the steps for the New Student Orientation.
There is a Freshman Orientation fee, which is separate from tuition fees. If you are receiving a scholarship from your home government, check with your sponsor to determine if orientation fees are included in your scholarship.
If you have questions about completing all of the steps for the New Student Orientation, send an email to Titan Orientation Programs at email@example.com.
After you receive your I-20 or DS-2019 from California State University, Fullerton, you can begin the process of applying for your U.S. student visa. Students who received an I-20 can apply for an F-1 visa. Students who received a DS-2019 can apply for a J-1 visa.
Before you apply for a visa, you must first pay the I-901 SEVIS fee. For information on how to apply for a visa and schedule your visa interview, visit the US Department of State's webpage on student visas.
All F-1 and J-1 international students in the U.S. are required to purchase the CSUF International Student Health Insurance plan administered by JCB Insurance Solutions before registering for classes. Visit our health insurance webpage to purchase and learn more.
International students who will study from outside the U.S. for the Spring 2021 semester are not required to purchase the CSUF International Student Insurance plan. To request an exception to the health insurance requirement based on being outside the U.S., please click here.
All new international students are required to complete the ISS Online Immigration Module before they begin their first semester. To complete the module, enroll in the module in Titanium and complete the following:
- View the Immigration Overview video and audio presentation
- Take the Immigration Quiz and earn a score of 80% or above
- Read and submit the International Student Agreement
An ISS Hold on your student account will prevent you from registering for classes until you have completed all the requirements of the module. Once completed, please allow 3-5 business days to remove the ISS Hold from your student account.
As part of the university orientation process, you are required to complete the Not Anymore training on how to stay safe at Cal State Fullerton. Complete this training before arrival in order to avoid disruption of access to your Student Portal (including email, Titanium, and your Student Center). To complete the training, please log in here and enter your campus username and password.
For questions about this training requirement, please contact the Title IX and Gender Equity Office at (657) 278-2121 or send them an email.
Log in your Student Portal, click on Student Center, and note any “To Do List” items.
Submit official transcripts to:
Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 6900
Fullerton, CA 92834
Always include your CWID in all documents or communications.
More information on the Student Wellness website
All first time freshmen international students must arrive in the U.S. before Freshmen Orientation Date. Failure to attend Freshman Orientation will result in your loss of admission to Cal State Fullerton.
Students who need assistance in finding housing in the U.S., including temporary accommodations, can review available housing options on the International Housing website.
Documents to Bring
When traveling, make sure you have the following with you at all times. Always pack these items in your carry-on bag, not your checked luggage!
- Valid passport with F-1 or J-1 visa
- I-20 or DS-2019 signed by school official and by student
- Evidence of financial support
- Admissions letter from CSUF
- Printed I-901 SEVIS fee receipt
Transportation from the Airport to Fullerton
For information about transportation to and from the airport, visit the ISS transportation website. Students should take the shuttle directly to your housing, not to Cal State Fullerton.
How to Receive your Form I-20 (for New Students admitted Fall 2020)
The following items Your Form I-20 will only be prepared after you receive an official offer of admission from CSUF, you have accepted your admission and paid the enrollment deposit. Follow the steps below based on whether you plan to study in the U.S. or outside the U.S. for the Fall 2020 semester.
Step 1: Submit financial documents to International Student Services
Submit a complete Financial Affidavit of Support, proof of funding (bank statement or sponsor letter) and a copy of your passport. Please make sure to include your full name and Campus-wide Identification number (CWID) on all documents.
Step 2: Transfer your SEVIS record to CSUF (if applicable)
If you have attended or are currently attending a school in the United States as an international student on F-1 status, please notify your previous school to transfer your SEVIS record to California State University, Fullerton, School Code: LOS214F00210000. You must transfer your SEVIS record before the start of your first semester at CSUF. You must transfer your SEVIS record before the start of your first semester at CSUF and before the end of your 60-day grace period.
Step 3: This last step is based on whether you plan to study in the U.S. or from outside the U.S. for the Fall 2020 semester.
Per U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) guidance, your Form I-20 will be issued with a Fall 2020 Semester Start Date if you are currently in the U.S. or if you are enrolled in at least one hybrid or in-person course. Your Form I-20 will be sent to your CSUF email.
- Submit a copy of your I-94 and I-94 Travel History as Proof of Eligibility for a Fall 2020 CSUF Form I-20 to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Students currently outside the U.S. who plan to return to the U.S. before the Fall 2020 semester starts, are only eligible for a Fall 2020 Form I-20 if enrolled in at least one hybrid or in-person course. Please email email@example.com to provide the course name and number. Please note that the Form I-20 is only a "certificate of eligibility" for F-1 status. It does not guarantee entry to the U.S. Entry to the U.S. is at the discretion of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officials when you arrive to the U.S.
Your Form I-20 will be sent to your CSUF email in September (subject to change) with an updated Program Start Date of January 2021, per U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) guidance. If you already received a Form I-20 from CSUF for Fall 2020, it will no longer be valid as we will be replacing it. Please do not use it for visa renewal or travel to the U.S.