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

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.

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.

Applying for OPT

Important OPT application dates for Spring 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.


Tuesday, July 4
Office Closed
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Deadline to apply for Post-Completion OPT for Spring 2017 graduates.

See More

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