Cal Poly

New Students

Congratulations on your acceptance and welcome to California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo!

We are pleased you decided to attend our University. After you have been accepted, the International Center will prepare your DS-2019 or I-20 form which you will use to apply for a J-1 or F-1 visa to the USA.

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Requesting an I-20 for Cal Poly

After you have been admitted to Cal Poly for a degree program through Admissions or accepted to the VISIT Program, please refer to our I-20 Request page for information on how to request your I-20.

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Exchange Students

Once you are accepted to an exchange program, the International Center will send you a DS-2019 form which you will use to apply for a J-1 visa to come to Cal Poly. See information on International Exchange Programs for application instructions and what to do after acceptance. See the Applying for a Visa page for visa application instructions.

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Immigration Advising

The International Student Advisors are Judy Mitchell and Leanna Jenkins. They are located in the Cal Poly International Center office in Science Bldg. 52, Room E-32 and can be reached at 805-756-1477 or international@calpoly.edu.

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Online Orientation and Arrival Workshops for New International Students

Fall Quarter

Online Orientation Course

The International Student Online Orientation is REQUIREDfor all new incoming international students with an F-1 or J-1 visa. Even if you are not new to the USA, you still must still complete the online orientation course, which will be customized for your program and visa type. This course will appear on your portal as a PolyLearn course. When it is available, instructions will be e-mailed to you. You must complete all modules of the online orientation course prior to the start of classes in order to maintain visa status.

Arrival Check In

You are required to complete the online arrival check-in form within 15 days after the program start date on your I-20 or DS-2019. This form is required in order for us to register/validate your record in SEVIS. You will be emailed a link to this form as well as instructions on how to complete it before your program start date. Please note you will not be able to complete this form until after you have arrived in the United States. You will also have the opportunity to request an arrival appointment with an International Student Advisor when you complete this form.

Arrival Orientation

The International Student Arrival Orientation/Reception is MANDATORY for all new incoming international students on an F-1 or J-1 visa. This event will be on Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 from 4pm - 6pm and will be located in the ATL Hall (Building 7). We have invited staff and resources from all across campus to come and welcome you to Cal Poly, and you will get to meet other international students at the reception.

This event has been included in the WOW schedule so if you are participating in WOW, you should still be able to attend. Even if you are not new to the USA, you still must attend. In the event of a time conflict, please contact our office immediately at international@calpoly.edu.

Winter, Spring, and Summer Quarters

Online Orientation Course

The International Student Online Orientation is REQUIRED for all new incoming international students on an F-1 or J-1 visa. Even if you are not new to the USA, you must still complete the online orientation course, which will be customized for your program and visa type. This course will appear on your portal as a PolyLearn course. When it is available, instructions will be e-mailed to you. You must complete all modules of the online orientation course prior to the start of classes in order to maintain visa status.

Arrival Orientation

An International Student Arrival Orientation as well as a Welcome Coffee & Tea Reception will also be held during these quarters. New students will be invited to these events via email.

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© 2015 California Polytechnic State University Cal Poly International Center
Building 52, Room E32
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
Phone: (805) 756-1477
Fax: (805) 756-5484
international@calpoly.edu