International Students & Scholars

Welcome to California State University, Fullerton!

Students and scholars come from around the world to study at Cal State Fullerton. The International Students & Scholars (ISS) office is here to support you every step of the way.

International Student Advising

International Students & Scholars Office Advising Hours

at University Hall, Room 244

The international advising team provides advice to international students on F or J status on immigration, personal, social and cultural matters. Advisors serve as advocates for international students and are the liaison to federal agencies, including the US Department of Homeland Security, as well to CSUF campus resources.

Advising team members are available to meet with you by appointment or during walk-in advising hours. During the first two weeks of the semester and registration periods, the demand to see an International Student Advisor or the Assistant Director is very high. Please plan ahead.

Scheduling Advising Appointments

Appointments are limited to 30 minutes per student. Scheduled appointments are recommended for more complex issues and immigration advising, including but not limited to:

  • Change of immigration F or J immigration status (such as F-1 to other status or vice-versa)
  • Discussion of options when faced with violation of student status
  • Personal issues and cultural adjustment difficulties
  • Liaison assistance with other CSUF Departments or colleges
  • Any situation where you believe more information or personal assistance is needed (such as medical, leave of absence or financial challenges)

For questions regarding housing, health insurance, or workshops, please refer to our website.

To schedule an advising appointment during the days/times listed below, please call the International Students & Scholars Office at 657-278-2787.

Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment. If you arrive late for your appointment, you may be asked to reschedule.

Advising by appointment is available during these days/times only:

Mondays 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Thursdays 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Walk-In Advising

Walk-in advising hours are listed below. These advising sessions are limited to 10–15 minutes per student. Walk-in advising sessions can only be scheduled in-person at the ISS office on the same day as the appointment, beginning at 8:00 a.m. when the office opens. Please expect to wait, as students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

Mondays 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.        Note: Last session is at 11:45 a.m.
Tuesdays 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.        Note: Last session is at 11:45 a.m.
Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.        Note: Last session is at 11:45 a.m.
Fridays 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.        Note: Last session is at 11:45 a.m.

*Walk-in sessions may be cancelled without notice.

Note: The following services do not require an appointment. However, if you have questions about any of these topics, we recommend you stop by the International Students & Scholars office to find out more before submitting your requests/forms.

  • Concurrent Enrollment (Enrolling at another school) Letter Requests
  • Change of Major I-20
  • Obtain transfer complete I-20
  • Submit Reduced Course Load Application Form
  • SSN Support Letter Requests
  • Travel Signature on your I-20 or DS-2019

Office Hours & Location

The ISS office is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is located on the second floor of University Hall (UH) Room 244. You can download a campus map here, or use the map below for driving/walking directions:


Academic Calendar

A list of important dates for current and upcoming semesters

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Express Mail

Express mail options for immigration documents



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Phi Beta Delta

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Student Responsibilities

Important information on maintaining F1 student status

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New Student Handbook

To help you get off to a great start at Cal State Fullerton, we created a New Student Handbook for international students. Inside you will find information on the University, the Fullerton area, life in Southern California and much more!

Contact Us

Still have questions? Send us a message and a staff member will get back to you as soon as possible.

If you have an emergency and the ISS office is closed, please follow our emergency procedure.