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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 University Semester Abroad (USA) & Exchange students. Bookmark this page and visit often to successfully prepare for your semester at Cal State Fullerton.

Pre-Arrival Checklist for Spring 2020  Expand All

Please complete all items before the Fall semester begins. 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 Form I-20 "Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status" or Form DS-2019 "Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status" from California State University, Fullerton, you can begin the process of applying for U.S. student visa. Students who receive a Form I-20 can apply for a F-1 visa. Students who receive a Form 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.

All international students are required by federal law to maintain valid health insurance during their temporary stay in the United States. CSUF requires international students to purchase the Aetna Student Health Plan provided by JCB Insurance Solutions. Visit our health insurance page to learn more.

The current cost of health insurance is $842.00 per semester.  (This cost is subject to change.)

University Semester Abroad Program: You are required to pay for tuition and fees before arriving in the United States or during check-in. The total amount to pay is USD 5,622.00. You can pay tuition in the following ways:

  • Online at any time through the CSUF Flywire Portal, which allows payment by bank transfer, credit card or PayPal, depending on your home country. You will need your CSUF campus-wide ID (CWID).  Please be sure to enter your CWID correctly, so that your payment can be accurately applied to your student account here at CSUF.  If you pay through Flywire, please send a notification email to, so that our office staff can more quickly track your payment.
  • In person with cash, check or credit card.


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

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. 

  • Both Exchange Students (J-1) and USA Students (F-1) will attend on Thursday, January 16, 2020.

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

  • Passport
  • DS-2019 (J-1 Students) or I-20 (F-1 Students)
  • Verification of CSU health insurance
  • Tuition Payment (USA Students only, if not completed already)
  • Verification of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccination

You are required to attend the Check-In, Academic Workshop, and Orientation Seminar on January 16, 2019, starting at 9:30 a.m. (view map). Please arrive by 9:00 a.m.  

Time Event Location Attendance
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Arrival (light refreshments available) Titan Hall Required
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Check-In J-1/ Orientation F-1 ASC Basement Required
10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Break On Own Required
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Academic Workshop J-1/

Orientation continued F-1

ASC Basement Required
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch (provided) ASC Basement Optional
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Orientation J-1/ Check-In F-1 ASC Basement Required
2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Break On Own Required
2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Orientation continued J-1/

Academic Workshop F-1

ASC Basement Required


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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