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CSUDH New Student Orientation

Welcome to California State University, Dominguez Hills! To help you better understand our campus, all new incoming international students are required to attend our mandatory International Student Orientation. You will have the opportunity to meet other international students and learn more about the campus, life in the US, and resources available to you. For more information, please visit the Orientation Office.

Mandatory International Student Orientation & Check in with ISS Office

Newly admitted international students are required to attend the Mandatory International Student Orientation and check in with ISS Office. 

International Student Orientation Week will be from Wednesday, August 16, 2017 to Saturday, August 20, 2017 at the College of Extended & International Education.  See ISO Flyer.  Campus Map

International Student Orientation Week Schedule

ISO Fall Flyer

❖ Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM [Meet with International Staff Mixer]

❖ Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM [Mandatory International Student Orientation]

❖ Friday, August 18, 2017 - 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM [Mandatory International Student Orientation Activities Day]

❖ Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM [Trip to Downtown LA]

❖ Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM [Movie Outing to Carson Cinemark]

**It is mandatory to attend International Student Orientation Check-In on Thursday, August 17, 2017 and Friday, August 18, 2017.  Please CLICK HERE to register for International Student Orientation before July 28th.

You will bring the following documents/forms during Orientation:

Orientation and Pre-Arrival Information 

Before Arriving to the US:

We've gathered some information in order to make your move to the United States as easy as possible. Review the following tips on student visas, travel information, housing and CSUDH registration.



Preparing your immigration documents

Enrolling in classes 

Step 1

Review your I-20: contact International Student Services immediately if a correction is needed.


Log onto your MyCSUDH account and review your "To Do" list and your "Holds" list. Please pay attention to all deadlines and complete items on your dashboard checklist. This website is also a helpful resource you can use to see what else you need to complete.

Step 2

Pay the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) I-901 fee: 
Information: School Code:LOS214F00655000
SEVIS Identification Number: Number on top upper left side begins with an "N."

Print out two receipts and present one at the visa interview with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Keep the other receipt for your record.

Purchase Health Insurance - There is a hold on your account.   I have attached the instruction how to purchase the insurance policy.​ 




Step 3

Contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate to schedule a visa appointment:

Contact your adviser for the course plan.   

Step 4

Gather documents needed for the visa interview: Valid passport, Form I-20 from CSUDH, Print out SEVIS Fee receipt, and Financial Documents - please review the guidelines provided on the U.S. embassy website for details.

RSVP to both New Student Orientation and Mandatory International Student Orientation



Step 5

Prepare for the interview: The visa interview is a short conversational interview. You have to explain why you want to study in the U.S., and how you will pay for school costs and living expenses.

Arrange an accommodation near CSUDH campus.

More information, please click here. Housing Information

Step 6

Plan arrival date and place: The earliest time you can enter the U.S. 30 days prior to the program start date on you I-20. Please make travel arrangements carefully.


Arrange transportation from Los Angeles airport to lodging. Airport Transportation Information.

Step 7

Carry your documents with you on the airplane. Keep your passport, F-1 visa, CSUDH I-20, SEVIS I-901 fee receipt, financial document, and the admission letter from CSUDH with you.




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Health Insurance and Required Immunizations:

In order to register for classes, F-1 visa holders are required to show the proof of health insurance policy which meets the minimum requirements of eligibility. Therefore, CSUDH requires students to purchase Wells Fargo Student Insurance Services policy which meets the requirements for international students. You will find an ISS Health Insurance hold on your account, which will prevent you from registering for classes if you do not purchase the health insurance for the upcoming semester. Students should remove this hold prior to their registration appointment. Government sponsored students please email your proof of insurance to for review. International Student Health insurance plans can be purchased at

All new students are required to present proof of measles, rubella and Hepatitis B immunizations prior to enrollment. Proof of immunizations must be taken to the Health Center in person. Be sure your medical doctor of health care provider includes the day, month, and year of you immunizations. If this information is provided in a language other than English, then translations is needed. The Health Center can provide measles/rubella and Hepatitis B immunizations without cost to those students unable to obtain acceptable proof of immunizations.

Welcome Week

Welcome Week is a week-long showcase of various departments, resources and programs to connect new and returning students to CSUDH. More information will be provided during the first week of each semester. Please visit the Student Life website.


Behavioral Adjustments to CSUDH: Culture Shock

CSUDH is located in Southern California which offers great weather, location , and close proximity to oceans and tourists' favorite places. Even with the beautiful sunshine, students may experience below feelings and changes when living in a new environment. Cultural shock affects students in various degrees, and it is the part of adjusting process to the new culture.

  • Feeling Homesickness
  • Feeling depressed and helplessness
  • Feeling overwhelmed and anxious
  • Avoiding social contacts and feeling left alone
  • Physically fatigue
  • Difficulty to concentrate

If you are having a difficult time to adjust at CSUDH, please visit the ISS office or contact Student Health & Psychological Services for help.


Opening up a Bank Account

The closest bank service, Wells Fargo, is located in Loker Student Union (LSU). Students will need to carry two identification documents to open an account. Let the bank representative know that you are an international student and want to open an account. For more information on banking and how to open a bank account to manage your funds, click on How to Open a Bank Account to learn more.