F-1 Visa New Students Information (Overseas)

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

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 (Cesar Chavez Student Center)

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

International Student Orientation (Student Life Center - Annex I)

August 23 - 28, 2018

Welcome Days (all new incoming students)

Monday, August 27, 2018

First day of Fall 2018 semester and Tuition payment deadline