We are pleased to learn of your acceptance at California State University, Sacramento. The staff of the Office of Global Education extends a cordial welcome to you. The university and the Sacramento community also look forward to your arrival and desire to make your stay in Sacramento a worthwhile and pleasant one.
MANDATORY FALL 2013 INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION PROGRAM
Date: Thursday, August 22, 2013
Time: Starts at 9:00 AM. Please arrive between 8:30 – 8:45 to check in.
Location: University Union - Redwood Room
All new international students admitted to California State University, Sacramento for the fall semester of 2013 are expected to attend the International Student Orientation. This orientation program begins on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 9:00 AM in the University Union’s Redwood Room and continues through Friday, August 23 with additional activities offered during the week of the 26th. You should plan to attend all appropriate sessions.
At the International Student Orientation you will receive information about academic advising, course registration procedures, international student immigration regulations, and campus services and facilities. In addition, it will allow you sufficient time to locate accommodations and make a successful transition to the US, Sacramento, and California State University, 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 during orientation week August 22-23 and August 26-30.
FALL 2013 REGISTRATION
Students Currently in the Sacramento Area: We advise those of you currently in the greater Sacramento area to register for fall 2013 through one of the Transfer Orientation or Freshman Orientation programs. Students participating in one of these Transfer / Freshman Orientation programs should still attend the International Student Orientation on August 22. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). In addition, Sacramento area students should plan on visiting the Office of Global Education (Lassen Hall 2304) for information concerning registration procedures and the registration hold on your record for orientation.
Students Currently Outside the US or Sacramento Area: New international students currently outside the US or Sacramento area will register for courses after their arrival on campus. During the International Student Orientation, we will prepare you for the registration process and give you the opportunity to meet with academic advisors who will assist you in choosing courses for your academic Major and General Education (undergraduate students). Students not already in the Sacramento area should arrive in Sacramento by Wednesday, August 21, 2013 to attend the International Student Orientation.
Earliest Arrival: Immigration regulations permit new international students to enter the United States up to 30 days before the semester begins. This means that you should plan on entering after August 3, 2013 if you are an F-1 or J-1 student entering the US for the first time as an international student. Please make your travel arrangements to ensure that you will arrive in time to attend the International Student Orientation program on August 22.
Flights: We recommend that you fly directly 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 to transport people from the airport to specific addresses / locations in the greater Sacramento area. Super Shuttle is located in the ground transportation area. To make a reservation, please visit www.supershuttle.com 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 the Davis Airporter (www.davisairporter.com). Approximate fare to zip codes in the university area (95819, 95825 or 95826) is $115.
HOUSING INFORMATION: LIVING ON CAMPUS
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 www.csus.edu/housing.
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 www.saclink.csus.edu 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 email@example.com or call (916) 278-6655.
- Once you have your SacLink account, to apply for housing begin by logging into your My Sac State <http://my.csus.edu> 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. Early move in is expected to begin on August 20th and 21st so international students may attend orientation. Please contact the Office of Housing and Residential Life directly to inform them you are an international student and wish to move in early (firstname.lastname@example.org).
HOUSING INFORMATION: LIVING OFF CAMPUS
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: An attractive housing option at Sacramento State is the Upper Eastside Lofts. The lofts are located a just few blocks from the university campus and are within easy walking distance. For full details, please see their web site at www.uelsacramento.com.
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 www.the-deans-list.com on which many students post housing opportunities.
Motel 6 (closest to campus) 7850 College Town Dr. (916) 383 8110 (www.motel6.com)
Larkspur Landing (ask for Sac State discount) 555 Howe Ave. (916) 646-1212 ( www.larkspurhotels.com)
- Comfort Inn & Suites 21 Howe Ave. (916)379-0400 (www.comfortinnsacramento.com)
- Good Nite Inn Sacramento 25 Howe Ave. (916) 386 8408 (www.goodnightinn.com)
- Quality Expo Inn and Suites 1413 Howe Ave. (916) 922-9833 (www.qualitysuitessacramento.com)
- Residence Inn by Marriott 1530 Howe Ave. (916) 920-9111 (www.residenceinn.com)
AFTER YOU ARRIVE IN SACRAMENTO
Once you have made arrangements for temporary housing, you should plan to come to our Office of Global Education (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 to 4:00 PM.
IMMIGRATION ISSUES: STUDENTS TRANSFERING FROM ANOTHER US INSTITUTION
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.
IMMIGRATION ISSUES: INITIAL ENTRY STUDENTS CURRENTLY OVERSEAS
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 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. 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 (or J-1 visa for non-degree students)
- Immigration documents: SEVIS I-20 for F-1 visa students or SEVIS DS 2019 for J-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 or DS 2019 of the institution you plan to attend. Please contact the Office of Global Education staff if you have any questions prior to your arrival.
HEALTH ISSUES & HEALTH INSURANCE ISSUES
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 (Measles / Rubella Vaccination & Tuberculosis Test): 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, if possible, 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. Please note that you may remit payment for university tuition and fees by personal check, overseas banker’s draft, certain credit cards (although an additional charge is assessed), traveler’s checks, and, although not recommended, cash.
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.
OFFICE OF GLOBAL EDUCATION CONTACT INFORMATION
Please feel free to write to or call our Office of Global Education if 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 www.csus.edu/oge 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.
Office of Global Education Staff:
Tracey M. Culbertson, Coordinator of International Student & Scholars (email@example.com)
Jack Godwin, Chief International Officer
Lori Harrison, Office Manager
Eric D. Merchant, Associate Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mlima Morrison, Coordinator of International Admissions (email@example.com)
Caroline Peretti, International Admissions Specialist (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Josef Preciado, International Admissions Counselor (email@example.com)
Janis J. Silvers, Coordinator of Study Abroad