New International Students Resource Guide
Congratulations on your acceptance and welcome to California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo!
Obtaining a Visa Eligibility Document
After you have been admitted to Cal Poly for a degree program through Admissions submit the Visa Information Form for Degree Students. Send no financial documents via email. Use the form to upload all required documents.
After you have been accepted to the VISIT Program, please complete the Visa Information Form for Degree Students to request your I-20 or DS-2019. The I-20 is used to apply for an F-1 visa and the DS-2019 is used to apply for a J-1 visa.
If you are a sponsored student (receiving tuition from an organization) to attend the VISIT program, then you will receive a DS-2019 to apply for a J-1 visa.
After you are accepted to an exchange program, you will be requested to provide additional information so Cal Poly can issue the Form DS-2019. The DS-2019 is used to apply for a J-1 exchange student visa. For application instructions and what to do after acceptance, go to the International Exchange Programs web page.
The International Center will advise on the appropriate documents and visa types for special programs. Contact us at email@example.com.
Preparing for Arrival - F-1 and J-1 Visa Students
- Reserve housing early
- U.S. Visa Information
- Mandatory Fall Orientation Program
- International Welcome Ambassador Program
- Travel and Temporary Accommodations
- Mandatory U.S. Health Insurance
- Health Care in the USA
- Campus Health and Wellbeing
- Life in San Luis Obispo
- What to Bring
- Banking in the USA