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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 or follow the prompts at

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 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.  

Although U.S. embassies have suspended routine visa interviews globally due to Covid-19, some individual embassies have resumed regular visa appointments. You may find out the most up-to-date information through this link.

Complete the Online Pre-Orientation

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

ALEKS Exam (Undergraduate Students Only)

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 QE4RT-PULPF.
  • 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.

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.

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 any English course that you completed, please contact Roseann Rodriguez at

New students arriving in the U.S. for the Spring 2022 or Fall 2022 semesters must enroll in full-time (12 credit hours for undergraduate or 9 credit hours for graduate) per semester 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 class enrollment, please contact:

Belle Limlengco at (last name alpha A to G)

Jasmine Cao at (last name alpha H to Z) or Chinese students (China, Hong Kong or Taiwan)

New Vaccine Requirement for International Travelers to the United States


To access your student portal and enroll for classes, please create your personal Fresno State email at 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 and navigate to your Student Center (within your student portal) and 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. 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.

Pay for Classes

  • Visit the Accounting Services website for all your Money Matters

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.

Our Planning Task Force has been meeting to work through the details that must be considered to ensure that we are able to bring students, faculty, staff and guests safely back to campus safely. For more details on COVID-19 vaccinations, safety protocols and helpful campus information please visit the Repopulation website.  
As you prepare to arrive physically in Fresno, please review CDC guidelines prior to travel for the latest on health and safety requirements. Remember to also review any protocols your airline requires prior to travel.    

COVID vaccinations are required for all student this Fall 2021-Spring 2022 academic school year. As announced by the White House on September 20, beginning in early November, all adult foreign nationals will be required to be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 prior to boarding a U.S.-bound international flight, in addition to a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of departure. Please plan accordingly and carry the necessary documentation for entry into the US. 

Banking for International Students

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

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.  


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: 

Bank Address Cross streets Phone Number
Citibank 20 W. Shaw Avenue
Clovis, CA 93612
Shaw & Minnewawa 559.549.9679
Wells Fargo Bank 75 W. Shaw Avenue
Clovis, CA 93612
Shaw & Minnewawa 559.442.6266
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

If you would like to change your address or phone number, please follow the steps below:

  • Go to 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"

There are many cell phone providers in the USA such as T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon and many more. These companies provide different plans with prepaid or postpaid options. Keep in mind, getting a family plan with friends can save you money on your monthly payments. For more information please visit their websites or shops located in Fresno.