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International Freshman Orientation

Monday, August 19, 2019 and Tuesday, August 20, 2019 

All First-Time International Freshmen are expected to register and attend the two day International Freshman Orientation.

Here's why you must attend:

  • Review your course selection with an academic advisor to make sure you are registered in the right classes
  • Understand General Education, major, and graduation requirements
  • Receive essential academic planning and course registration assistance
  • Receive a personalized academic information packet
  • Learn to use SDSU's Web registration system and other WebPortal services
  • Meet in groups with Assistant Deans, faculty and staff advisors, and trained student Ambassadors
  • Learn what it means to be a responsible member of the SDSU community

 If you have been admitted as a First-Time International Freshman at San Diego State University, please complete the following steps  to prepare for New Student Orientation:   

Steps to follow: 

  1. Complete the Pre-Arrival Immigration Form
  2. Register for Freshman Student Orientation 
  3. Apply for Early Arrival through the SDSU Housing Portal if you plan to live in on-campus housing. For more information on how to complete an Early Arrival Application, click HERE
  4. Arrive in San Diego by Sunday, August 18, 2019
  5. The mandatory Immigration Check-In is scheduled for Monday, August 19, 2019, from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm at the International Student Center. (Individual check-in times will be emailed to you one week before immigration check-in. Please make sure to check your email regularly for all follow-up information. Note - (Optional Immigration Check-In will be available Monday, August 12 - Thursday, August 15 from 12 pm - 2:00 pm for students who are already in San Diego and would like to check-in ahead of time)
  6. In order to receive your SDSUcard at Immigration Check-In, please visit Online Student Accounting Services at and pay $18.00 for your SDSUcard. After payment, upload your photo on your mobile application "GET" or online at   Your SDSUcard will not be ready for pick up at Immigration Check-In if you do not upload a photo. Bring a valid ID to pick up your SDSUcard.
  7. International Freshman Orientation Day 1 is scheduled on Monday, August 19, 2019 at 1:00 pm in Storm Hall 12, followed by a Welcome Reception at 3:30 pm for new students and their families in Storm Hall Patio. 
  8. International Freshman Orientation Day 2 is scheduled on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 8:00 am in Montezuma Hall, Aztec Student Union.
  9. We are offering Parent Orientation for international freshmen parents. Parents and family members are an important source of support as new students begin their education at San Diego State University. Parent Orientation run concurrently with International Freshman Orientation. To register for International Freshman Parent Orientation, please complete this FORM  

Immigration Check-In | Monday, August 19

Where & When:

Monday, August 19, 2019, International Student Center (ISC) 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Your personal check-in time will be emailed to you one week before Immigration Check-In

Documents needed for Immigration Check-In

  • I-94 record: After you enter the U.S., an electronic record of your admission, known as the I-94, will be created. Retrieve a copy of your I-94 by visiting the CBP website and clicking on "GET MOST RECENT I-94". Please screenshot a copy on your phone or print out and bring it to Immigration Check-in. 
  • U.S. Address & Telephone: you will be asked to provide your address in the U.S. during immigration check-in. If you already have a US phone number please bring that too. 
  • If you are a government-sponsored student, please also bring financial documentation from your government sponsor.

We will be making copies of these documents:

  • Picture page (bio) of your Passport
  • Visa page
  • Arrival stamp: Stamp placed in your passport at the airport; usually on the page across from your visa 

International Freshman Orientation | Monday, August 19 (Day 1)

Where & When: 

 Monday, August 19 International Freshman Orientation Storm Hall 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

 Monday, August 19 International Freshman & Family Welcome Reception Storm Hall 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM 

Please see the campus map for directions.  


International Freshman Orientation | Tuesday, August 20 (Day 2)

Where & When: 

Tuesday, August 20 International Freshman Orientation Montezuma Hall, Aztec Student Union 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM [Register Here: Freshman Student Orientation]

Tuesday, August 20 Parent Orientation Montezuma Hall, Aztec Student Union 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM [Register Here: Parent Orientation

Please see the campus map for directions.  


Bowling @ Aztec Lanes | Thursday, August 22 

Where & When: 

Thursday, August 22 Bowling @ Aztec Lanes 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Aztec Lanes, located on the first floor of the Student Union

Please RSVP here to attend. This event is free for all new international students. 



If you have any questions about New Student Orientation, please do not hesitate to contact:

ISC Mentor Program

International students who come to SDSU often face unique challenges from being in a new and unfamiliar environment. This can impact a new student's social or academic adjustment.

You can select a SDSU mentor student who understands these issues and can help you during this period of adjustment.

Learn more & select your mentor here 

Required 1:1 Advising Session

All international freshmen are required to meet with an ISC advisor at the beginning of the semester. The advising sessions are intended to support your transition to SDSU and to help you familiarize yourself with campus culture, resources, policies, procedures, and student life opportunities.

Other Orientation Activities

  • Bowling @ Aztec Lanes- Thursday, August 22, 2019, 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM   RSVP This event is free!
  • San Diego City Tour - Saturday, August 24  11:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Register ahead of time at immigration check-in)
  • San Diego Zoo - Sunday, August 25 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Register ahead of time at immigration check-in)
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