Current Students

International Students at SF State

Get Advising on F-1 Matters

In-person email or call

You can speak to an F-1 international student advisor during the Drop-In advising hours(No appointment needed):

Monday to Friday: 2PM to 4PM
Tuesday and Thursday: 9:30AM to 11:30AM

Email: f1@sfsu.edu or call 415.338.1293. 

The response time is 1-2 business days (not including weekends or university closure).

Please provide your full name and SF State Student student ID number (if you have one) in your inqury.

The F-1 international student advisors provide advising on issues related to F-1 student visa status. 

For academic advising, please visit the Advising Hub (Undergraduate students) or speak to Graduate Coordinators (Graduate students)

Maintain Status

As an F-1 international student, you are responsible for learning, understanding, and complying with the U.S. laws and regulations that apply to your F-1 student status. This is referred to as "maintaining status" or "being in status".  Failure to be aware of and to comply with F-1 regulations could jeopardize both your legal status in the U.S. and your future academic plans.

 

 

 

Travel Information

If you will be traveling outside the U.S. while your are in F-1 status, you will need to follow certain procedures in order to return to the U.S. to continue your study.

Employment

F-1 international students are only eligible to seek employment under very limited circumstances.  Students may not begin any type of employment without prior work authorization. This section covers the various types of employment eligibility students may seek while in F-1 international student status. 

Useful Resources for F-1 International Students