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Admitted International Students


The international student orientation is now fully virtual to accomodate 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.

Spring 2021 Orientation Events

The Placement Process & Your ESL/English Level Tuesday, February 2 7-8am PST
Registration Workshop Wednesday, February 24 7am and 7pm PST (choose one time to attend)
Late Registration Workshop Wednesday, March 17 7am PST
F-1 Student Check-In Wednesday, March 31 10am-12pm PST


Event Descriptions
The Placement Process & Your ESL/English Level

The placement process is REQUIRED before registering for any Math/English class and classes with a Math/English pre-requisite*.  Admitted students will receive detailed instructions  by email on how to complete the self-guided assessments from home.

In order to further help you understand the placement process and your options, please join the webinar  titled The Placement Process & Your ESL/English Level. During the event:

  • The Testing and Assessment Office will provide an overview of the placement process and Guided Self-Placement
  • English and ESLL faculty will provide you with an overview of our English 1A and ESLL courses 
  • You will be able to ask questions after the presentations


*If you have attended another school in the U.S. and want to use your course credit for placement, you must follow the instructions for pre-requisite clearance and/or make an appointment with an academic counselor.


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.

The Late Registration Workshop is a repeat workshop offered at a later date for students who are admitted after the priority application deadline.

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