F-1 Visa Applicants: How to Apply

  1. Submit an online application, application fee, and all required documents

Submit an online application and pay the $150 non-refundable application fee. We recommend applying at least 8 weeks prior to the program start date.

You will receive a confirmation email from our admissions office with your User ID and PIN number to the Admissions Tracking Site. The ATS is the fastest and most efficient way to check your application status.

Submit all required documents to igateways-admission@sjsu.edu. Required documents must be submitted at least 6 weeks prior to the program start date.

Academic and Test Preparation (ATP)

Semester at SJSU (SAS)

  • Passport Page
  • Bank Statement in English of at least $34,700 USD




  1. Receive I-20 and Apply for F-1 visa

Our admissions office will prepare your I-20 package after we receive your application, application fee and all required documents. It generally takes 5-7 working days for our admissions office to prepare your I-20. We will also update the Admission Tracking Site with the package send date and express mail tracking number.

  1. Pay Tuition

Pay tuition by the deadline listed on your tuition invoice. Review our refund policy prior to paying full tuition.

  1. Arrange Housing

International Gateways students are responsible for arranging their own housing. Visit our Housing page for more information.

For general housing questions, contact the Housing Liaison at igateways-housing@sjsu.edu

  1. Purchase Health Insurance

Purchase the health insurance plan available at International Gateways. Visit our Health Insurance page for more information.

  1. Check in at International Gateways Office

All new students are required to report to the International Gateways office as soon as they arrive in the United States but no later than the Friday (one working day) before the start of the session. You can find the last date to report to our office on your International Gateways acceptance letter.

You must bring your passport, I-20, and proof of health insurance when you report to our office.


If you have any questions, please email us at igateways-admission@sjsu.edu.