International Programs and Global Engagement

Fall 2014 Orientation and Welcome Information

CONGRATULATIONS! We are pleased to learn of your acceptance at California State University, Sacramento. The staff of the International Programs and Global Engagment office extends a cordial welcome to you. We look forward to your arrival and desire to make your stay in Sacramento a worthwhile and pleasant one.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014: Mandatory - Group International Student Orientation Program.

International Orientation Week begins Tuesday and all students are expected to attend Tuesday's program! Please schedule your arrival in the US to allow you to begin orientation week on time.

  • Time: Program begins at 9:00 AM. Check in opens at 8:30. Please arrive between 8:30 - 8:45.
  • Location: University Union - Hinde Auditorium (located on ground floor near ballrooms)
  • What to Bring Tuesday: Passport, I-20, F1 Visa, and money to purchase your own lunch in the Union. If your online I-94 printout and insurance information are available, please bring these items as well

Wednesday - Saturday, August 20-23: A variety of special topic workshops and events will be scheduled (i.e. small group immigration check-ins, advising sessions by major, library tour, career center, and English testing and EPT/ELM testing). Students are expected to attend all events relevant to them. A detailed schedule of events will be emailed to you in the summer.

What will happen during Orientation Week? During International Student Orientation week you will receive a lot of information designed to help you become a successful F1 international student at our university. By the end of the week you will know about the university, your academics, advising and course registration procedures, international student immigration regulations, and campus services and facilities. You will meet many new students, make new friends and start making Sacramento your new home. By coming early for orientation week, you will have sufficient time to locate housing and make your successful transition to Sacramento. ALL international students new to our university, whether new to the US or transferring from other US institutions, will benefit from attending the orientation program we have designed for you. There is no charge for this program. Please plan on participating in all appropriate orientation sessions August 19 - 23.


Students Currently in the local Sacramento Area: Local students will receive an email invitation to attend a "Transfer Student Registration Advising Session" directly from our International Admissions team. Attending this session will allow you to register for the Fall 2014 at your earliest scheduled priority date. Students participating in this program are still required to attend the International Student Orientation August 19 and any additional relevant sessions throughout Orientation week. To ensure that you receive this and other important information, please update any changes to your email address or street address with the Office of International Admissions In addition, Sacramento area students should plan on visiting the International Programs and Global Engagement office (Lassen Hall 2304) for information concerning registration procedures.

Students Currently Outside the US / Sacramento Area: New international students currently outside the US or Sacramento area will register for courses AFTER arriving on campus. During International Student Orientation week, we will prepare you for the registration process and give you the opportunity to meet with academic advisors to assist you in choosing courses for your academic Major and General Education (undergraduate students). Students not already in the greater Sacramento area should plan to arrive in Sacramento to attend the orientation beginning Tuesday, August 19, 2014.


Earliest Arrival: Students coming to the US for the first time on a new F1 or J1 visa are allowed to enter the US AFTER August 3, 20143. Immigration regulations permit new international students to enter the United States only up to 30 days before the semester begins on September 2, 2014. Please make your travel arrangements to ensure that you will arrive in time to attend the International Student Orientation program on August 19.

  • Note - Students transferring from another US School: Students with valid F1/J1 immigration status who are transferring between US institutions this summer do not have this travel restriction as you are not considered "new/initial" F1 or J1 visa students.

Flights: We recommend you fly into the Sacramento International Airport if at all possible. This is the easiest and most convenient option after a long flight from overseas or elsewhere in the US. Connecting flights to Sacramento are easily arranged from major airports such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, and other major US cities.

Transportation from the Sacramento Airport: Unfortunately, we are unable to provide transportation services for students from the airport or bus station. The Sacramento International Airport is located approximately 17 miles from the university campus. Transportation is easily accessible from the airport to the university area/hotels using airport shuttle or taxi. Here are a few transportation options for you to consider:

  • Sacramento Airport "Super Shuttle": The least expensive transportation option from the Sacramento airport to the campus area is the Super Shuttle (estimated fare about $21 - $25). The Super Shuttle is a van service transporting people from the airport to specific addresses in the Sacramento area. Super Shuttle is located in the ground transportation area. To make a reservation, please visit or call (800) 258-3826 for more information.
  • Sacramento Airport Taxi: You can find taxis in the ground transportation area near the baggage claim. The fare for a taxi is approximately $50-55 for transport from the airport to the university area If traveling together with a friend, this might be an affordable option to consider. Contact information: From the airport use a white courtesy phone and dial 24360, Advance Reservations: (916) 444-0008, Customer Service: (916) 284-6878.

Transportation from the San Francisco Airport: San Francisco is located approximately 90 miles from Sacramento (2 hours by car / bus). Ground transportation from San Francisco is less convenient, time consuming, and often difficult when carrying multiple bags and heavy luggage. If you unable to arrange a connecting flight into Sacramento, you may wish to obtain rates and schedules to travel to Sacramento using either the Davis Airporter; approximate fare to zip codes in the university area (95819, 95825 or 95826) is $115 or the Elk Grove Airporter; approximate fare to zip codes in the university area is $115. Advanced registration is required.


If you have an interest in living in our campus Residence Halls or American River Courtyard, but have not applied, please review the enclosed materials from the Office of Housing and Residential Life. Additional information and applications can also be obtained from the on-campus housing web site located at

How to Apply for the Residence Halls and American River Courtyard: The licensing for Housing is completed on-line through My Sac State.

  • You will need a SacLink Username and Sac State ID to start the process. To get your SacLink username, go to and enter your information to create an account. Your Sac State ID can be located in the upper right hand corner of your admission letter. It can take 2 to 3 days for your information and SacLink username to be available to the Housing office. Please wait 2 to 3 days after creating your account before applying for housing. If you have any questions, email the Housing office at or call (916) 278-6655.
  • Once you have your SacLink account, to apply for housing begin by logging into your My Sac State portal with your SacLink username and password. From the home page, go into the Student Services section by selecting the "Student Services" tab at the stop of the screen. In the "Related Links for Applicants" area, lower right side of the Student Services window, select the My Housing link to access the on-line Licensing application. Once you are on the Licensing page, click on the application and follow the instructions.

Moving Into the Residence Halls Early: If you have received confirmation that a room in campus housing has been assigned to you, it may be possible to make arrangements to move in a few days before the official opening of the Halls. Please contact the Office of Housing and Residential Life directly to inform them of your interest in moving in early


Locating off-campus housing near California State University, Sacramento will require a few days to accomplish. Therefore, we recommend that you arrive in Sacramento as early as possible to begin your search for accommodations. The following are a few suggestions to assist you with your housing search:

The Upper Eastside Lofts: Another housing option at Sacramento State is the Upper Eastside Lofts. The lofts are located a just few blocks from the university within easy walking distance. For full details, please see their web site

Other Off-Campus Rental Listings: There are numerous housing opportunities available in the surrounding campus area. We recommend that you do not finalize your plans for off-campus housing until after your arrival in Sacramento to allow you to visit the site and evaluate the rental contract. One resource is on which many students post housing opportunities.

Temporary Accommodations: Since it will take those of you who will be residing off-campus some time to finalize such arrangements, you may wish to make a reservation at one of the motels close to campus. These include:

Motel 6 (closest to campus)

7850 College Town Dr.    


Larkspur Landing (ask for Discount)

555 Howe Ave.


Comfort Inn & Suites

21 Howe Ave.


Good Nite Inn Sacramento

25 Howe Ave.


Quality Expo Inn and Suites

1413 Howe Ave.


Residence Inn by Marriott

1530 Howe Ave.



Once you have made arrangements for temporary housing, you should plan to come to the International Programs and Global Engagment office (Lassen Hall, Room 2304). We will endeavor to answer any initial questions you may have and help you begin your adjustment to campus and community life. In addition we will give you informational materials including an orientation/registration packet. You should bring all of your immigration documentation with you for your first visit. During the summer, our office is open Monday Friday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon and 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM.


If you are already in the US you may have questions concerning immigration matters, especially as they relate to transfer procedures. Please contact our office or the International Student Advisor at your current institution for information about the exact immigration transfer procedure you should follow. California State University, Sacramento is unable to issue you a new SEVIS I-20 until your present school has electronically released your SEVIS record to us. International Advisors will usually wait until the end of the term before beginning to transfer SEVIS records to a new institution. Please make certain that your current International Student Advisor is aware of your plan to transfer to California State University, Sacramento.

  • Transfer Form: Please ask your International Student Advisor to complete the enclosed "F-1 International Student Immigration School Transfer Form" and return it to the Office of Global Education at his/her earliest convenience.


If you currently reside outside of the US and are required to obtain an F-1 or J-1 visa, please review the enclosed handout "Preparing For Your F-1 or J-1 Visa Interview & Paying the SEVIS Fee" for detailed information. You should be prepared to demonstrate to the US consular officer that you plan to return to your country after completing your academic program and that you have adequate financial support to meet all academic and living expenses. As some students may be subject to time-consuming background checks, we advise you to begin the visa application process as early as possible. Please be aware that US consular officers are not allowed to issue F-1 or J-1 visas in excess of 120 days prior to the program start date (as listed on your SEVIS I-20 or DS 2019); however, many US embassies and consulates will permit you to begin scheduling an interview appointment prior to that time. Please check with your local US embassy or consulate for specific regional procedures.

Entering the US: US Port of Entry immigration authorities do not allow new F-1 or J-1 visa students to enter the US more than 30 days before the academic program start date listed on the SEVIS I-20 or DS 2019. New students to the US should enter the US AFTER August 3, 2014.When you arrive at the US Port of Entry you should have the following documents with you to present:

  • Passport, valid for at least 6 months in the future
  • Valid F-1 visa
  • Immigration documents: SEVIS I-20 for F-1 visa students
  • University admission letter
  • Receipt of your paid SEVIS fee
  • Evidence of financial resources

Please note: It is very important that you enter the US with the SEVIS I-20 of the institution you plan to attend. Please contact the International Programs and Global Engagment staff if you have any questions prior to your arrival.

Note for J1 Government Sponsored Students: You will receive a DS 2019 from your sponsor. Use this DS 2019 to obtain a J1 visa. You are also restricted from entering the US more than 30 days of the program start date (refer to your DS 2019).


The California State University, Sacramento Student Health Center will provide you with out-patient medical care during normal business hours; however, you are required to have health and accident insurance for your protection. All international students (F/J visa) are required to present detailed proof of health insurance coverage which meets our minimal institutional requirements.

Please read the "Health Insurance Information for International Students" pages enclosed for full information about insurance and insurance requirements.

Immunizations for Measles / Rubella (mandatory) and Tuberculosis Testing: During your first semester, you will be required to visit the university Student Health Center and present proof of your immunizations for measles and rubella. We recommend that you obtain these immunizations before you arrive in the US and bring written documentation to campus with you. If you are not able to complete this task before arrival, then the Student Health Center will administer the immunizations for a fee. In addition to the measles and rubella requirement you may also be tested for Tuberculosis. The Tuberculosis test should be done at the university Student Health Center (not your home country), and is currently provided free of cost.


You are encouraged to plan carefully your finances to cover room, board, insurance, books and supplies, tuition expenses, and miscellaneous expenses for the entire year. Please refer to your admission letter for the amount of money you should bring with you to meet initial expenses. Also, you should be aware that according to immigration regulations, international students are not permitted to apply for an off-campus work permit during their first academic year in the US. Thereafter, such permits are often difficult to obtain.

Anticipated Fall 2014 University Tuition and Fees (subject to increase):

  • Undergraduate Student Fees: $7,788 for 12 units (increases by $372 /unit for each additional unit over 12) - Undergraduate students are required to enroll for a minimum of 12 units per semester.
  • Graduate Student Fees: $7,305 for 9 units (increases by $372/unit for each additional unit over 9) - Graduate students are required to enroll for a minimum of 9 units per semester.

How to Make Payments for University Tuition and Fees: You may remit payment for university tuition and fees by personal check, overseas banker's draft, online via PeerTransfer*, certain credit cards (although an additional charge is assessed), traveler's checks, and cash (not recommended). Payments should be made to "California State University, Sacramento".

* PeerTransfer-New Method of making payments for tuition and university fees: California State University, Sacramento has partnered with PeerTransfer to provide our international students with an easy, fast, and secure method of sending international tuition payments. Please visit to learn more about making tuition and fee payments to California State University, Sacramento from your specific country via PeerTransfer.

  • NOTE: Payments cannot be accepted until AFTER students have registered in classes. Please do not schedule any payments through PeerTransfer until after you have arrived in Sacramento and registered in classes; Refunds to students who do not attend our school may be difficult to obtain.


Please feel free to write to or call the International Programs and Global Engagmentif you have any questions that must be answered prior to your arrival. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can. Our website may also prove useful for you to review. We look forward to welcoming you to the university. Meanwhile, best wishes to you in your present activities.

International Programs and Global Engagement Staff:

Alice Tom, Administrator in Charge
Cris Galeste, Administrator Associate
Tracey M. Culbertson, Coordinator of International Student & Scholars
Lori Harrison, Office Manager
Janis J. Silvers, Coordinator of Study Abroad

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