F-1 International Students

F-1 Student Services home page

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

Holiday Special -  I-20 Travel Signature Express Service in December 2018

Are you traveling overseas during the Winter?  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!

  • Tuesday, December 4, 2018 by 5PM (Pick up on Wednesday, December 5 after 12PM)
  • Friday, December 14 by 5PM (Pick up on Monday, December 17 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 international student 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.


November 16, 2018

Deadline to submit Reduced Course Load (RCL) due to Academic Difficulty (New students only) and Reduced Course Load (RCL) due to Medical Condition

November 13 - 16, 2018


Advising Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm
(Drop-in advising)

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