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 Services

New changes for the SF State sponsored health insurance

Effective April 5, 2017, F-1 international students will purchase the SF State sponsored insurance at Ascension.  

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Applying for OPT

Important OPT application dates for Spring 2017 graduates are now available at Optional Practical Training (OPT).  

Effective April 5, 2017, the processing time for OIP to issue I-20 with OPT recommendation is 10 business days (not including weekends and holidays).  Please plan ahead.

Fall 2017 New International Students

Gator Welcome New International Students!

Welcome to SF State!  We are looking forward to seeing you in August 2017.  Please arrive San Francisco by August 11, 2017 and attend the International Student Orientation.


See Fall 2017 New International Students for more details.


Tuesday, April 24, 2017
Deadline to submit Reduced Course Load (RCL) due to Academic Difficulty (First time new students only)

Friday, May 12, 2017
I-20 Travel Signature Express Service

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
First day to apply for Post-Completion OPT for Summer 2017 R2, R3, R4 Graduates

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
I-20 Travel Signature Express Service

Monday, May 29
OIP closed for Memorial Day.  No F-1 Advising Hours.

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Advising Hours

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

Wednesday, May 31 and Thursday, June 1
No F-1 Advising hours.  Office is open for documents pick up or request submission.
Advising hour will resume on Monday, June 5 at 10AM.

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