F-1 International Students

Office of International Programs provide F-1 student advising , workshops, and orientations to F-1 International students to assist them in achieving their personal, professional, and academic goals.

Our website is designed to answer the most-commonly asked questions we receive from international students. Students are encouraged to seek in-person advising during our drop-in hours whenever necessary.

News from F-1 Student Servies

I-20 Travel Signature Express Service

Are you traveling overseas during the Summer?  Take a look at the 2nd page of your I-20.  If your travel signature on the 2nd page of the I-20 is more than one year old you must request a new signature.

Submit a completed and signed F-1 document request form with your most current I-20 to OIP on following dates and pick up your I-20 the next business day.  No need to wait for five business days!

  • Friday, May 11 by 5PM (Pick up on Monday, May 14 after 12PM)
  • Tuesday, May 22 by 5PM (Pick up on Wednesday, May 23 after 12PM)

Emergency Travel for F-1 International Students

If you need to travel outside the United States due to a personal, family, and/or medical emergency during the university closures, please e-mail the F-1 advisors at f1@sfsu.edu.  Your e-mail should include your name, SF State student ID number, your departure and return date from and to the United States, and the best way to contact you.  

You can still leave the United States without an updated signature on the 2nd page of the I-20.


May 15, 2018

Deadline to submit Reduced Course Load (RCL) due to Academic Difficulty (First time new students only)

Deadline to submit Reduced Course Load (RCL) due to Medical Condition

Advising Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
10AM to 12PM and 2PM to 4PM
(Walk-in advising)

General office hours (for submitting request or documents pick-up): Monday to Friday, 8AM to 5PM

No F-1 advising on the following days:

  • May 29, 2018 - June 1, 2018