F-1 Visa New Students Information (Overseas)

New Fall 2018 Students should arrive in San Francisco no later than
Monday, August 20, 2018


UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS:  Please complete the following steps by August 15, 2018 so you are ready to register for Fall 2018 classes on August 21:

  1. Clear International Health Hold
  2. Complete the Mandatory F-1 International Student Online Orientation
  3. Complete Write to Register for CMS (if required)
  4. Complete ALEKS (if required)

Write to Register for CMS (Formerly known as CMSPT) and Directed Self-Placement (DSP) Requirement

One of these two tests is required to help SF State guide you to the most helpful first-year English courses.

  • If English is not your primary language, we strongly recommend you to complete Write to Register for CMS (Formerly Known as CMSPT) instead of Directed Self-Placement (DSP).  Click the "English Requirement: Write to Register for CMS (Formerly Known as CMSPT)" link at New International Students to learn about this online test.  
  • Students completely fluent in English (verbal and written fluency) may opt to take the DSP instead, in consultation with advisors. 

​International Student Orientation

You must attend the International Student Orientation on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 and Wednesday, August 22, 2018.  You can register for the orientation here.  Please note a $35 fee will be required.  Once you are registered for the orientation, you will receive detail information by email regarding the orientation check-in and how to pay the $35 orientation fee in early August.  This handout (PDF, 627KB) will tell you what to expect and what to bring on August 21.  

ATTENTION:  F-1 students are not required to attend the New Student Orientation in June or July 2018, except for those F-1 students who are transferring from California community colleges or universities in the U.S.  The orientation in June/July are designed for domestic U.S. resident students.   

Mandatory F-1 International Student Online Orientation

You must complete this "Mandatory F-1 International Student Online Orientation" before August 15, 2018.  The online orientation sessions can be completed at your leisure and should only take a few hours.  You will receive log-in instructions and reminders in June 2018.

Important Dates

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

International Student Orientation (Student Life Center - Annex I)

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

International Student Orientation (Student Life Center - Annex I)

August 23 - 28, 2018

Welcome Days / Gator Fest (all new incoming students)

Monday, August 27, 2018

First day of Fall 2018 semester and Tuition payment deadline