New Students / American Language Program

New Students: American Language Program

ALP students at CSUF

Congratulations on your admission to the American Language Program! To help you prepare for your trip, we have created a pre-arrival checklist specifically for new ALP students. Bookmark this page and visit often to successfully prepare for your semester at Cal State Fullerton.

 Download and print your checklist for quick reference.

Pre-Arrival Checklist

Please complete all items before the Spring semester begins on January 18, 2018. Many items will have to be completed well before the semester starts, so please read the entire list and prepare early.

After you receive your I-20 or DS-2019 from California State University, Fullerton, you can begin the process of applying for U.S. student visa. Students who receive a I-20 can apply for a F-1 visa. Students who receive a DS-2019 can apply for a J-1 visa.

Before you apply for a visa, you must first pay the I-901 SEVIS fee. For information on how to apply for a visa and schedule your visa interview, visit the US Department of State's webpage on student visas.

During your appointment, you will submit required documentation and pay tuition and fees. Please bring the following documents to your check-in appointment:

  • Passport
  • I-20
  • Verification of CSU health insurance
  • Tuition Payment (if not completed already)
  • Verification of MMR

Students who need assistance in finding housing near Fullerton, including temporary accommodations, can review available housing options on the International Housing website.

Documents to Bring
When traveling, make sure you have the following with you at all times. Always pack these items in your carry-on bag, not your checked luggage!

  • Valid passport with F-1 or J-1 visa
  • I-20 or DS-2019 signed by school official and by student
  • Evidence of financial support
  • Admissions letter from CSUF
  • Printed I-901 SEVIS fee receipt

Transportation from the Airport to Fullerton
For information about transportation to and from the airport, visit the ISS transportation website. Students should take the shuttle directly to your housing, not to Cal State Fullerton. 


If you have any questions before or after the semester starts, send us a note and a staff member will get back to you soon.

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