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Transfer to CSUF


international students California State University Fullerton transfer

For F-1 students who have attended another college/university in the United States, already have a SEVIS I-20 issued by that U.S. school, and will be attending Cal State Fullerton full-time to start a new academic program, please review the following information carefully:

  • Notify your previous school to transfer your SEVIS record to California State University, Fullerton - LOS214F00210000.
  • If your previous school has failed to "release" you from their program, the SEVIS system will not permit us to prepare your SEVIS I-20.
  • If you are traveling outside the United States, you must inform us before you leave the United States. You must use the SEVIS I-20 from Cal State Fullerton when you arrive at a U.S. airport. If you use your previous school's I-20, you will be considered out of status.
  • If you have a valid F-1, you do not have to go to the U.S. Embassy to obtain a new visa, even though the school indicated on the F-1 visa page is a different school.
  • If you have failed to maintain status at your previous school, you must schedule an appointment with an advisor at the International Student Services Office to discuss your situation.

J-1 students who are already attending another college/university in the United States and planning to attend Cal State Fullerton full-time to start a new academic program, must contact the International Student Services Office to schedule an appointment with an advisor.


For students who are starting a new degree program and are currently on approved Optional Practical Training (OPT), please be advised that once you receive the new I-20 from Cal State Fullerton, your OPT will be voided and you will no longer be allowed to continue working. If you have any concerns or questions regarding this, please contact the International Student Services Office to schedule an appointment and discuss your situation with an advisor.

If you are a student who studied at the American Language Program (ALP) at Cal State Fullerton-Extended Education immediately before your first semester in a , and will be starting your degree program at Cal State Fullerton, you will be receiving a new I-20 from the International Student Services Office.

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