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New Students: Graduate Students

Congratulations on your admission to California State University, Fullerton! This checklist is for new international graduate students who will begin their first semester at the University. Bookmark this page and visit often to successfully prepare for your first semester at CSUF.

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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.

Step 1: Accept admission and pay the $250 enrollment deposit

Admitted graduate international students must accept admission and pay the $250 enrollment deposit in order to receive their I-20. Please check your admission letter for exact deadlines on when to complete this step. 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 webpage.

Sponsored Students: To waive the enrollment deposit, submit a copy of your financial guarantee to the International Student Services and allow a few days for processing. After your paperwork has been processed, you must still accept your admission in the Student Portal.

Step 2: Submit financial documents to International Student Services (ISS)

Submit to ISS a completed 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 3: Select I-20 delivery method

After completing steps 1 and 2, you will receive an email from International Student Services (ISS) asking for your I-20 delivery preference. Your response is required to have your I-20 ready for delivery.

Step 4: (For students in the U.S.) Transfer your SEVIS record to CSUF

If you are currently in F-1 status in the U.S., 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 first day of instruction of your first semester at CSUF

For questions on how to receive your I-20, email the International Student Services (ISS). Always include your Campus-wide Identification number (CWID) and full name in your email. 

After you receive your I-20 or DS-2019 from California State University, Fullerton, you can begin the process of applying for U.S. student visa. Students who receive a I-20 can apply for a F-1 visa. Students who receive 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 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.

Registration holds are placed when there are items missing that must be submitted before you are allowed to register for a term. They can come from many different departments on campus. All new international students will have an “international student” hold that can be cleared after purchasing health insurance and completing the ISS online immigration module (see previous tabs).

Log in to your Student Portal to note any holds and how to resolve them. You will not be able to register for classes until you clear all your holds.

Graduate students should consult their college or department for specific information on choosing courses that meet their major or degree requirements.

For information on how to add or drop a class in your Student Center, refer to these online instructions.

Visit the Student Financial Services website to find information on fees, payment due dates, and how to make payments (including international payments.)

To make a payment, log in to your Student Portal and access Titan Online. After clicking on "Student Center," look under "Finances" for "make a payment." Click on "make a payment" and follow the instructions.

Wired fees must be for CSUF tuition and campus-based fees only. Payment for health insurance or other living expenses should not be included and must be made separately.

Note: You must first register for classes before paying fees.

Arrival Date
You may enter the U.S. no more than 30 days before the Program Start Date that is listed on your CSUF Form I-20. are entering the U.S. on an Initial Attendance I-20. We strongly recommend that you plan to arrive early enough to attend Graduate Student Orientation sessions held by your College or Department and the Office of Graduate Studies. The latest arrival date is the Program Start Date on your Form I-20. Failure arrive by this date may affect your immigration status. Please plan accordingly.

Students who need assistance in finding housing near Fullerton, 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. 

Post-Arrival Checklist

The following items need to be completed soon after arriving in the United States/California State University, Fullerton. Many items are date-specific and required to enroll at the University.


If you have any questions before or after the semester starts, send us a note and a staff member will get back to you soon.

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