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International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) centralizes immigration advising resources and co-curricular support programming for international students and scholars on campus. Our goal is to serve the needs of our international students and scholars and to enhance their experience in the United States and to integrate them into our community, while also contributing to their success during their tenure at SJSU and beyond.


Immigration Guidelines for the 2021-2022 academic year

On April 26, 2021, the Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) confirmed that the March 2020 guidance will continue for the 2021-2022 academic year. ISSS will email you and update our website if there are any changes. At this time, travel abroad remains risky and we ask that you take extra precautions and review the CDC guidelines regularly before you travel. We strongly encourage you to remain in the United States and to not travel abroad. 

New Vaccination Update from SJSU: In accordance with the CSU policy, make sure you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before the start of the semester. 1) Report your vaccination status using the COVID-19 Vaccine Self-Certification form. 2) Submit verification on the Student Health Center Patient Portal.

You will need to submit proof of your COVID-19 vaccination record and/or request for a medical exemption. For the latest vaccination updates, SJSU has launched the vaccination page on the Health Advisories website. International students should seek out vaccines approved by their country's FDA-equivalent agency and by the World Health Organization Emergency Use listed vaccines.

We will continue to update our FAQ page for current and new students as we learn more. Please know that we remain committed to all of our Global Spartans, current and new. We appreciate your patience as we continue to work diligently to interpret and put into practice this new development to provide you with the best advice we can.

News & Updates  

  • Limited In-Person Advising Appointments Beginning the Week of July 19th!-- Please go HERE to schedule an in-person or virtual advising appointment with an International Student Advisor.
  • Front Desk Q/A Zoom -- Have a quick question? If so, instead of booking an advising appointment, join us for Front Desk Q/A Zoom. Mondays through Fridays. Please go here to review exact dates and times. 
  • F-1 FAQ for Covid-19-- We have compiled a FAQ list based on your queries from our virtual Town Hall Meetings. This FAQ addresses travel, employment, online courses, Credit/No-Credit courses, etc. during the Covid-19 pandemic. Prior to scheduling an appointment with us, please review this FAQ.
  • Please go here for updates on SJSU's response to the COVID-19 virus. You may also visit the Santa Clara County Public Health Center's website for the latest updates of coronavirus in Santa Clara County.