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Admitted International Students


The international student orientation is now fully virtual to accommodate students studying inside the U.S. on the F-1 visa as well as students who will begin their studies online from abroad. 

Several weeks before registration opens for your first quarter, you will be added to an online orientation course (Foothill ISP Orientation) which you can complete at your own pace in order to prepare for the live orientation events.  Admitted students: check your email for the invitation to this course as well as the Zoom links and details to join the live orientation events outlined below.

Fall 2021 Orientation Events

Note: All events are in Pacific Daylight Time (California time). 

Registration Workshop* Wednesday, July 14 7am and 7pm PDT (choose one time to attend)
Registration Workshop* Wednesday, August 11 7am and 7pm PDT (choose one time to attend)
Admitted Student Welcome Tuesday, August 24 7pm PDT
Late Registration Workshop* Wednesday, September 8 7pm PDT
F-1 Student Check-In Wednesday, September 15 10am-12pm PDT

  *All Registration Workshops contain the same information.  Students should choose one date and time to attend this event.

Event Descriptions

Registration Workshop

This is a crucial workshop for all new students to prepare for registration. It includes a tutorial on how to navigate MyPortal, find your registration date, search the schedule of classes, and register.  

Academic counselors will provide valuable tips on the following topics:

  • understanding the waitlist process
  • transfer credit and general education (GE) requirements
  • prerequisites/corequisites/and advisories
  • and more!

We strongly advise that admitted students complete the placement process and review the online orientation course prior to attending this workshop.


Admitted Student Welcome

This is an optional event for all admitted international students to celebrate their admission and get familiar with the campus culture and student life at Foothill.  The presentation includes a virtual campus tour, testimonials from current international students, and useful tips about housing, transportation, and student activities. Even if you're styuding online and won't be joining us in California, we invite you to learn about your new campus community!

F-1 Student Check-In (for F-1 students INSIDE the U.S. only) 

This is a mandatory event for all new F-1 students who have entered the U.S. and all new transfer students inside the U.S.  The meeting will include vital information on immigration, activating and maintaining your F-1 status, and mandatory student health insurance for students in the U.S.

A tutorial on how to submit the following mandatory F-1 Arrival Documents will also be inlcuded: 

  • A copy of the page in your passport where the United States immigration official placed a "stamp" to enter the country
  •  A copy of your F-1 visa 
  • A copy of your I-94 record (download from
  •  Student Agreement Form
  • Personal Data Information Form 
  • Health Statement Form*

 *as of Spring 2020, this form may be waived as access to the required tests/immunizations may be impacted by COVID-19.

The deadline to upload these documents is the second Friday of the quarter and failure to submit may result in cancellation of your I-20.






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International Student Programs Office


Administration Building 1900 Room 1933