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

Applying for OPT

Gator Welcome New International Students!Important OPT application dates for Fall 2017 graduates are now available at Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Our processing time is 10 business days (not including weekends and holidays).  Please plan accordingly.

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 oip@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.


Friday, October 6, 2017
First day to apply for Post-Completion OPT for Fall 2017 graduates.
Deadline to apply for Fall 2017 graduates: February 12, 2018.

Friday, November 10, 2017
Fall 2017 Veterans Day Observed. Offices Closed.  

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Advising Hours

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

No Advising on:

Friday, November 10 
Monday November 13 (No advising from 3PM to 4PM)
Thursday, November 23 to Friday, November 24
Thursday, November 30 (No advising between 10AM to 12PM.  Advising resume from 2PM-4PM)
Monday, December 25 to Monday, January 1, 208


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