F-1 Visa Applicants: How to Apply

  1. Apply via CalStateApply to begin your application.

  2. Submit your online application, $150 non-refundable application fee, and all required documents.

    We recommend applying at least 8 weeks prior to the program start date.
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3. 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.

You will receive an email notification with the send date and express mail tracking number once your I-20 package is ready to be mailed out.

4. Pay Tuition

Pay tuition by the deadline listed on your account portal. Please review our refund policy prior to paying tuition.

We recommend that you pay tuition only after you receive an F-1 visa. If you have not received your F-1 visa by the tuition payment deadline, please email us at igateways-admission@sjsu.edu for a tuition payment extension.


5. 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.

6. Purchase Health Insurance

Purchase the mandatory health insurance plan offered through International Gateways.

7. Check in at International Gateways Office

Report to the International Gateways Office to complete your new student paperwork, receive your orientation week calendar, and attend the first day of orientation.

Please bring the following required documents when you report to our office:

  • Passport (with F-1 visa)
  • Original I-20
  • Proof of Health Insurance payment

Please visit our Orientation Week Overview page for more information about the activities that will be covered throughout the week.

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