F-1 Visa International Students

Welcome International Gators

The Office of International Programs (OIP) is working with New Student Programs (NSP) to provide you a smooth transition to SF State! 

As a new International undergraduate student in F-1 Visa status, you will participate in OIP’s F-1 Document Check-In, Welcome Party and Information Fair, as well as NSP’s New Student Orientation.  Please plan to arrive San Francisco by August 19, 2019.

The Office of International Programs (OIP) is located at Village at Centennial Square, Building C first floor.  We provide assistance for all incoming F-1 Visa International students and advising on F-1 Visa regulations.  The following online and in-person activities will help you get started at SF State:  

1. F-1 Mandatory Online Workshop (Due by August 19, 2019)

The online workshop covers important information such as F-1 Visa regulations which pertain to international students studying at SF State.  This workshop will be available on iLearn in June 2019.  You will receive an email from OIP when the online workshop is open.  Complete this workshop by August 19

2. F-1 Document Check-In (In-Person on August 20, 2019)

Bring your passport, I-20, and all your questions about getting started at SF State to OIP's document check-in session.

3. Welcome Party and Information Fair (In-Person on August 21, 2019)

Meet your F-1 International Student Advisors at OIP, connect with other new students, and learn about the campus resources that are available to you!

Visit OIP’s New International Student for important information regarding F-1 visa, arrival in the U.S., housing in San Francisco, tuition, health insurance, immunization requirements, and detailed for the above events.  OIP events are FREE and advanced registration is not required.  Email the F-1 International Student Advisors at f1@sfsu.edu or call 415.338.1293 for questions.    

4. New Student Orientation (In-Person on August 22, 2019)

In additional to the events hosted by Office of International Programs, incoming F-1 Visa international students should attend the New Student Orientation to register for Fall 2019 classes. 

All students must register and pay $35 to attend the New Student Orientation. F-1 Visa international students are advised to sign up and attend the New Student Orientation on Thursday, August 22.  This session is designed specifically for students who come from outside the U.S.  


If you are an Upper Division transfer student from a U.S. college or university, you are encouraged to attend one of the NSP Transfer Orientations in June 2019 instead of the one on August 22.  Be sure to purchase SF State's International student health insurance at least 3 business days before the Orientation.  You will not be able to register for classes if you did not purchase insurance in advance!  Please plan to attend the F-1 Document Check-In and Welcome Party and Information Fair on August 20 and August 21.

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We are excited that you have chosen SF State and look forward to seeing you in Fall 2019!