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International Office

Important Steps - Checklist for Fall/Spring New Students

Congratulations on your admission to California State University, Fresno (Fresno State)! Your rewarding journey starts here. If you have received your admission letter, the acceptance package, and I-20 Form (if enrolling in the U.S.), you are ready to complete the following steps.

Please go through each item carefully. Don’t miss the dates for the required virtual Orientation!

To access your MyFresnoState student portal you first need to create your personal Fresno State email. Please follow the instructions to create your account at https://fresnostate.edu/help/students/gmail/create.html or follow the prompts at https://googleapps.fresnostate.edu/signup/

Your student ID number can be found in your admissions welcome email or at the top of the Admissions letter. Once your email account is created, log into my.fresnostate.edu and check out your Student Center (within your student portal) where you can register for classes, update your address, pay your tuition and fees, and much more.  

After you receive your Admission letter and I-20, you should be able to move on to apply for your student visa. Please see this link for more details https://cge.fresnostate.edu/international/admitted/visa.html

The following link will provide you with information with on-campus and off-campus housing:  https://cge.fresnostate.edu/international/housing/

If you need additional assistance or support, please email Jasmine Cao at jcao@mail.fresnostate.edu

Check and monitor your account holds and To Do List in your MyFresnoState Student Center periodically to make sure you are meeting all requirements.

Undergraduate Students Only

NOTE: If you are an Undergraduate Transfer student who has taken some college-level units, you may have already met the requirement of General Education, Area A2. You must have passed the class with a “C” grade or better. If you have any questions about whether you are required to take the following ALEKS math exam or English Self Placement Assessment, please contact Roseann Rodriguez at rrodriguez@csufresno.edu.

For all first-time freshman, you must complete the following anytime before registering for any English or math course:

ALEKS Math Exam

Undergraduate students are required to place their appropriate mathematics courses through the ALEKS PPL system. ALEKS PPL is a learning and placement program. It uses adaptive questioning to determine your mathematical knowledge and skills quickly.

  • Use this link to log in to the International student cohort ALEKS PPL system. Your ALEKS PPL class code is: 6CMGD-LEQR6.
  • Bookmark the Fresno State ALEKS PPL Portal.
  • Complete the initial knowledge check. Take your time on this assessment, as the ALEKS PPL system will give you topics to study and practice which are appropriate to your skill level.
  • Work in ALEKS PPL. Complete at least 70% of the ALEKS PPL pie chart before you arrive here at Fresno State. Take an additional practice placement to see your improvement.
  • Proctored placement exams will be taken online through the ALKS PPL Portal. The proctor password is GOBULLDOGS1, please complete at least one practice test prior to taking the official exam.  
  • For additional math placement information please visit the Math Department's Website here.

English Self Placement Assessment

Complete English 10 Self Placement Assessment (Undergraduate Students Only)

English 10 is required in General Education Area A2 and serves as a prerequisite for other classes down the road towards your bachelor’s degree completion. The combination of English 5A and English 5B (completed in 2 semesters) is equivalent to English 10 (completed in one semester).

It is highly recommended you complete your self-placement assessment prior to enrollment through this link to determine which English course is recommended for you. It's a subjective self-placement assessment rather than a real English ability test and should take no more than 10 minutes to finish. Undergraduate students who have not met General Education, Area A2, should enroll in either English 10 or English 5A in their first semester.

 

To access your student portal and enroll for classes, please create your personal Fresno State email at https://googleapps.fresnostate.edu/signup/. Using your student ID number listed at the top of the Admissions letter, follow the prompts to create your account. Once your email account is created, you may begin to register. 

  • Log into my.fresnostate.edu and navigate to your Student Center (within your student portal) 
  • click on My Academic Records & Registration 
  • Next click on class search.
    • Click Select Term, to pick which semester you would like to look for classes. Select Subject (Note: You do NOT have to fill in every field!).
    • Click on the 'Search' button and a listing of all matching courses will appear. 
  • Undergraduate (Bachelor level) Students: 
    Meet with your Academic Advisor virtually to determine which courses to take for your first semester/year. To make a virtual appointment and meet your academic advisor, click on Major Advising Centers. It would be a good idea to review the required general education courses prior to your meeting so that you can jot down any questions you may have beforehand.
  • Graduate (Master level) Students:
    For class registration, you may contact your graduate coordinator directly. You can find their contact information through this link

For technical steps on how to enroll your desired classes in the university system, you may click on this link for step-by-step instructions on how to enroll in a class. We used the class of “University 1” as an example. 

New students arriving in the U.S. for the Spring 2023 semesters must enroll full-time (12 credit hours for undergraduate or 9 credit hours for graduate) with at least one in-person class to meet the immigration requirements and maintain their F-1 student status. Failure to meet the requirement will result in the termination of your SEVIS immigration record. 

For undergraduate (Bachelor level) students, who wish to know what classes you will need to enroll for your first semester, you can click on this link and find your major, and look at the classes listed in the first semester. You can find your general education classes through this link to see what related classes you can take in order to graduate.  If you have further questions, please contact your international advisor below who would direct you to your academic advising center at this link and academic resources:

Belle Limlengco at intlintern@csufresno.edu (last name alpha A to J)

Jasmine Cao at jcao@csufresno.edu (last name alpha K to Z) or Chinese students (China, Hong Kong or Taiwan)

For graduate (Master level) student class enrollment,  you may contact your graduate coordinator directly.

You can find their contact information through this link.

  • If you enroll your classes before August 8, 2022, the fee payment deadline would be August 8. If you enroll in your classes after August 8, you will need to complete the fee payment within 24 hours of class enrollment. 
  • International students can pay fees using Fresno State’s payments platform after login to your Fresno State student account at https://my.fresnostate.edu/ powered by university partner Western Union Business Solutions. This allows you, your parents, and sponsors to pay student fees in the currency of your choice and provides you with a simple and secure way to initiate a payment. The international payment method provides the students with the banking information on how to send those wires to Western Union directly and then Western Union sends the university the funds. Please see the video for detailed steps. 
  • If paying the fees all at once is a lot for you, you may break it down in 3 installments through the payment plan through this link
  • To review all fee payment options, please click on this link
  • If you have difficulty making the payment through all of the options above, Please feel free to let your international student advisor  know, and we will see what we can do to help you.
  • A very important reminder: if you decide not to attend Fresno State in Fall 2022, as long as you drop all your classes by August 22, 2022, you will not be financially responsible for the tuition. 

Go to https://orientation.fresnostate.edu/ to complete the Online Pre-Orientation anytime before arrival. 

  • After selecting "Create New Account," select "International" in the drop-down menu.
  • When creating your account, make sure to save your password!

Official Transcripts delivered to the International Office Admissions Team by the end of your first semester. Failure to provide official documents will result in an international hold on your account at the beginning of your second semester.

If you are accepted to the university, please bring or mail your official final documents to:

California State University, Fresno
International Office
Attention: International Admissions
5150 N. Maple Ave. M/S JA56
Fresno, California 93740 USA

As an international traveler who would arrive in the US, please review CDC guidelines prior to travel for the latest on health and safety requirements.  The current international travel requirements regarding Covid-19 is that 1) international travelers need to be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 prior to boarding a U.S.-bound international flight.

As a student who would arrive on Fresno State campus, you would need to take an additional COVID booster shot vaccination that is required for all students (international and non international students) in this Fall 2022-Spring 2023 academic school year.  

Submit Immunization Documentation

All incoming students will need to submit proof of immunizations in accordance with CSU Executive Order 803. You must submit proof of your immunizations before you will be allowed to register for your second semester. Please review the Immunization Requirements new students along with the directions on how to upload your Immunization records. 

You will need the following documents to complete your health clearance requirements:

  • All immunization records from childhood and adulthood. Please visit the Student Health portal to enter your immunization information and upload your documentation.  
  • Any blood test results for Tuberculosis (TB) and chest x-ray reports if you have them.
  • Please complete this TB Blood Test Verification Form and bring supporting documents to the Check-In Days.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Your immunization record must be in English or your immunization record with an English translation will be accepted. 

If you have questions regarding the form or the university health immunization policy, you may contact the Student Health & Counseling Center.

Fresno State students are REQUIRED to obtain the following vaccines and undergo screening/risk assessment for Tuberculosis:

Immunizations
Required Immunizations & Screenings Required Dosage & Screening Information
Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)

Two (2) doses with first dose on or after 1st birthday;

OR positive titer (laboratory evidence of immunity to disease).

Varicella (Chickenpox)

Two (2) doses with first dose on or after 1st birthday;

OR positive titer.

Note: History of contracting the disease does not meet compliance.

Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap) One (1) dose on or after age 7. Must have been received within the past ten years.
Meningococcal conjugate (Serogroups A, C, Y, & W-135) One (1) dose on or after age 16 for all students age 21 or younger.
Hepatitis B (Hep B) Students age 18 and younger (CA Health & Safety Code, Sec. 120390.5)
Screening/Risk Assessment: Tuberculosis (TB)

All incoming students must complete a Tuberculosis risk questionnaire. Incoming students who are at higher risk* for TB infection, as indicated by answering “yes” to any of the screening questions, should undergo either skin or blood testing for TB infection within 1 year of CSU entry.

*Higher risk include travel to or living in South & Central America, Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East; prior positive TB test; or exposure to someone with active TB disease.

If you have not received your booster shot before entering the U.S., you may get a booster in the US free of charge. See this link https://myturn.ca.gov/ for walk-in or appointment info on how to get Covid-19 Vaccine.

Arrival

Entry to the US

Helpful tips to avoid difficulties at the US Port of Entry 

  • If this is your first time arriving at Fresno State campus, make sure to bring a valid passport, valid visa, I-20 with the current semester program start date, admission letter, financial documents, COVID-19 vaccination documentation, unofficial Fresno State transcript if you have enrolled in classes.
  • Check for any travel restrictions or requirements before your departure to see if any updated restrictions that may apply to you. 
  • At the border:
    • If asked, provide answers truthfully and to the best of your knowledge. Do not volunteer unrelated or unnecessary information.
    • Remember that your main goal as an F-1 visa holder is to study, not to pursue employment in the U.S. Therefore, if asked, provide appropriate answers.
    • Make sure to carry all important documents mentioned above in carry-on luggage, not check-in luggages.
      If asked, confidently tell officials at the border that Fresno State is offering both in person and virtual courses this semester.  We are NOT a fully online university.
    • If you are traveling back to the United States and need a travel signature or new I-20 or DS-2019, don't panic! When you reach your port of entry, explain the situation to the officer, and ask the officer to admit you to the United States with an I-515A. The I-515A will allow you entry to the United States in F-1 or J-1 status for 30 days. If you get an I-515A at the port, visit the International Office, and we will help you complete the requirements.

If the U.S. port of entry requires confirmation of your information from Fresno State, you may contact the Campus Police at 559-278-8400 (24 hours/7 days a week), who would be able to get hold of the International Office staff in a timely manner. 

Getting to Fresno
You may arrive in Fresno through different ways:

Air Travel  

Fresno has its own airport coded as FAT. When you purchase the international air ticket, you may choose Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT) as your destination. The international flight from your home country may be connected through airports in other cities, such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle etc, before arriving at Fresno Yosemite International Airport which is 15 minutes by taxi or car to Fresno State campus.

Greyhound Bus

Although most students would choose to arrive by airplane, you may also have the option to arrive in Fresno by Greyhound.  Greyhound buses are a convenient and cheap way to travel to other cities or states. Their terminal is located downtown at 1033 Broadway (Broadway and Tulare) in Fresno (15 minutes by taxi/car to Fresno State campus).  For fare and schedule information call 1-800-231-2222 or the Fresno terminal at 559-268-1829.  Tickets may be purchased by going online to www.greyhound.com. A variety of promotions and special prices are available on their website.

AMTRAK Train

Fresno also has a train station that you may choose to arrive at. The main train service is Amtrak, and it is located downtown at 2650 Tulare, Bldg. B (Tulare and Q Street), 15 minutes by taxi/car to Fresno State campus.  For Fresno Station information you can call 559-486-7651.  For reservation and schedule information call 1-800-872-7245 or go on-line at www.amtrak.com or www.amtrakcalifornia.com.

If your final destination is the Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT), the readily available transportation from the airport to your destination (dormitory/apartment/friend’s house) is taking a taxi (cab) outside the airport, or using a rideshare service such as Uber or Lyft (about $15-$25).
 
Make sure you have cash (about $30) if you are taking a cab and the address to your destination. If you are staying at an apartment, make prior arrangements with the apartment manager to meet you within one or two hours of your arrival at FAT to check you into the apartment.  If you arrive after office hours, you may need to check into a hotel to spend the night. See these links for hotel choices that are close to Fresno State:

Temporary Accommodations

  1. University Square Hotel (5 - minute walk to campus)
    559.224.4200 
    4961 North Cedar Avenue, Fresno, CA 93726
    Budget Friendly Option
  2. University Inn (5 - minute walk to campus)
    559.294.0224
    2655 E Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA 93710 (max stay 5 consecutive days)  
    Budget Friendly Option
  3. Holiday Inn Express (30 - minute walk to campus, bus available)
    888.465.4329
    650 West Shaw Avenue, Clovis, CA 93612
    Ask for Special Fresno State Rate
  4. Sonesta ES Suites Fresno (Bus to campus)
    559.222.8900
    5322 North Diana Ave, Fresno, CA 93710
    For Special Fresno State Rate provide PROMO CODE either online or over the phone: FRSA

For a list of other hotels and view hotel rates in the vicinity, check this link: 

https://www.hotels-rates.com/poi/us-ca-fresno-5765.html

Check-In

All new students need to complete a mandatory check-in regardless if you are here in the US or you wish to take online classes overseas. The check-in is mandatory by the US government. Not completing the check-in link may result in severe immigration consequences, such as I-20 termination.    

Documents to upload during Check-In:

  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of I-20
  • Copy of Visa if available 
  • Copy of I-94

Please click on the link for Check-In

You will receive a link via your Fresno State email address to upload your photo in early August. Go to the Photo Submission instructions. See the official Student ID Card (The Bulldog Card) for additional information. 

Review Health Insurance

As a condition of your enrollment at California State University, Fresno, you will be automatically enrolled in the Fresno State-approved health insurance policy when residing in the U.S.

Students enrolled outside the U.S. may request to waive this mandatory requirement. The form will be available shortly.

Banking for International Students

This guide covers the basics of banking, credit cards, and finance for international students. 

Additionally, we have provided information and local banking options below.

How to open a bank account? 

To open an account at a bank, you will need to provide necessary identification, such as your passport and, sometimes, another form of identification, such as a student ID card.  Take your passport and other ID to the bank and tell a bank employee you would like to open an account. Make sure to mention that you are a student because many banks offer Free Banking for students. 

It’s a good idea to open a bank account in a bank close to where you live or your school for more convenience. However, banks might offer a variety of interest on saving accounts or different charges for money transfer and other services. Be sure to be informed and know which one suits you the best before opening your bank account.  

Checks

If you decide to write checks, try to record all the checks you write. Also, try to ask for a receipt from the person or company that you are writing the checks to. Below you can see how to fill out a check correctly:

Banks Close to Fresno State

Below you can find a few banks that are relatively close to Fresno State: 

Banks
Bank Address Cross streets Phone Number
Citibank 20 W. Shaw Avenue
Clovis, CA 93612
Shaw & Minnewawa 559.549.9679
Bank of America 590 E. Shaw Avenue
Frenso, CA 93710
First & Shaw 559.445.7341
Chase Bank 796 E. Shaw Avenue
Fresno, CA 93710
First & Shaw 559.225.2995

It’s required by the US government that all the address change occurs in the US., and needs to be reported to the University within 10 days of change.  As soon as you have any address change throughout education at Fresno State, follow these steps to comply with the immigration requirements:

  • Go to my.csufresno.edu website and log in.
  • Once you log in, click on Student Self Service and then click on Student Center.
  • On your Student Center, under the heading labeled Personal Information, you can change either your Home Address or your Mailing Address by clicking directly on the address link.
  • Select the "Edit" button for the Address Type(s) you wish to change.
  • Enter your new address information and click "OK".
  • Verify the new address(es) and click SAVE.
  • A confirmation message will appear indicating "The Save was successful"

After you arrive on campus, if you would like to get a local phone number SIM card, you may visit the International Office (Joyal Administration, Room 256) to get a SIM card. The plan details are listed here. Choosing this SIM card is completely optional.