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University Semester Abroad & Exchange

Danish students at CSUF

Congratulations on your admission! To help you prepare for your trip to Fullerton, we have created a pre-arrival checklist specifically for new USA & Exchange 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 Fall 2018 semester begins on August 24, 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.

University Semester Abroad Program: You are required to pay for tuition and fees ($5,622 for Fall 2018) before arriving in the United States or during check-in. You can pay tuition through a wire transfer at any time, or in person with cash, check or credit card.

Exchange Program: Please fulfill all financial obligations with your home university.


To make a wire transfer review the details below:

Receiver: California State University, Fullerton - Extended Education
Bank Name: Wells Fargo Bank
Address: 420 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
Routing #: 121000248
Account #: 4944-911890

When sending money through the Wire Transfer, please include your Campus-Wide ID (CWID) along with your name in the comments/note section, if possible. Submit a confirmation page of the wire transfer to our office. Please be aware that there may be up to a $40 wire transfer fee that you may want to include in your wire transfer payment.

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 not done so already, schedule your appointment here. 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 Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccination

You are required to attend the Orientation Seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in SGMH 1502 (view map). Please arrive by 8:00 a.m. to check in. Other events are highly encouraged, but not required. Space is limited; click on the link(s) to reserve your spot.

Time Event Location Attendance
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Orientation Seminar SGMH 1502 (view map) Required
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch on your own or with the Global Titan Buddies    
1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Campus Tour & Student Recreation Center Tour Meet at Carl’s Jr. Restaurant (view map) Register Now
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Global Titans Welcome Social Titan Student Union (TSU) Billiards & TV Lounge (view map) Register Now


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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