Attendance is MANDATORY for all new Spring 2014 international students. All international students must arrive in San Diego by Wednesday, January 14, 2014. Students are pre-registered for the International Student Orientation.

For questions regarding orientation only please email

We are excited to welcome you to San Diego State University and the New International Student Orientation! We highly recommend you read through all the information found on our International Student Center Web Site before arriving to campus:

San Diego State University Map is available here.

International Student Center location can be found here.

At Orientation you will gain the necessary resources and information to prepare you for your SDSU academic experience. Orientation is also an invaluable opportunity for you to make lifelong friendships and memories as you discover San Diego through a city tour and San Diego Zoo. You will also have other social opportunities to meet others and navigate your way around San Diego and San Diego State University.


Fall 2014 Handbook

Orientation Program


January 15-17, 2014 - Orientation Sessions - Details TBA

Preparing for Orientation

Please note that all new international students must check-in at San Diego State University. Your check- in day will be emailed to you separately.

You will need to bring with you the following documents:
  • Passport
  • Copy of I-94
  • I-20 or DS-2019 form
  • If you are a government sponsored student please also bring financial documentation from your government sponsor

If possible, please also bring a copy of the following items. Copies need to be made once you have arrived in the United States to ensure your entry documents have been stamped.

Bring copies of the following documents:
  • Picture page (bio) of your Passport
  • Visa stamp
  • Arrival stamp - stamp placed in your passport at the airport; usually on the page across from your visa
  • I-94 - Go to to find your I-94 and print a copy.

Arriving in San Diego

All international students should plan to arrive in San Diego by January 14, 2014. Note, the ISC does not provide airport pickup.

Students interested in taking a shuttle from the San Diego Airport to the San Diego State University area have the option of using the Super Shuttle. To make a reservation you can call 1-800-258-3826 and use the promotional code UFD59 to get a student discount. The flat rate of the Super Shuttle using the discount is $14.00. You can also make a reservation online at: The online web site will ask you to enter specific information. As address choose: hotel/popular landmark. When hotel name pops up enter SDSU. You may then choose any of the four options in the drop down.

Taxis are also available from the airport. Price from the airport to SDSU is on average $45.

More information about San Diego International Airport at:

If you are planning on driving to orientation we recommend that you park in Parking Structure 4 as it is the closest parking structure to the International Student Center. In Parking Structure 4, students may park between levels 3 & 8 with a Student Parking Permit. For those who do not have a parking permit, you will need to go to parking level 8 and purchase a parking pass there. The Parking fee is $1.00 per hour, or $5.00 for all day permit.


Hotel Stay During Orientation:
Students living in off-campus housing should go directly to their apartment or short term housing/hotel upon arrival. On-Campus housing does not provide pillows, sheets, blankets, and towels. If you plan to arrive in San Diego at night we recommend staying in a hotel so that you do not have to bother with purchasing room items after your long flight. For more information on obtaining short term housing/hotel click here.

Living On-Campus:
Students living on-campus officially move in to their dormitories on January 17, 2015; however, because you are an international student attending the New International Student Orientation Program, you will be able to move in early but you MUST complete an EARLY ARRIVAL FORM at least two weeks prior to your arrival to be allowed to move in early. Early Arrival Charge: $35/per day. For more information and to complete the early arrival form please follow this link: Early Arrival Form.

Living Off-Campus:
Apartment complexes near campus are available to provide you with leasing information. You can find information about apartment complexes through our off-campus resources: Off Campus Housing.

There is a group on facebook set up to help incoming international students and outgoing study abroad students communicate about finding housing: Student Housing Facebook Group.

Health Insurance

SDSU requires all international students to maintain adequate health insurance throughout the duration of their academic program. The ISC offers a pre-approved insurance policy that meets all of the health insurance requirements.

Each semester, SDSU automatically places an insurance hold on your class registration until you show proof of approved insurance coverage. Since you are a new student your health insurance hold will automatically be cleared for registration for the Spring 2015 semester, however you must purchase an approved health insurance policy before the Spring semester begins.

To purchase the approved insurance policy and to learn more about health insurance requirements go to the ISC's health insurance page at: Health Insurance Page.

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