Admitted Students: Orientation
Orientation Schedule
Fall Quarter Late August/Early September
Winter Quarter Early December
Spring Quarter Early March
Information about specific dates for orientation will be included in your acceptance packet.
Orientation Details
All admitted students will receive detailed instructions about orientation dates, location and registration for placement tests. If you do not receive this information, please contact
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Please note that the general New Student Orientation offered by Foothill College a week before classes start is not a substitute to the mandatory orientation organized by the International Programs Office. All new F-1 international students must attend the special orientation (see the schedule above).
Placement tests, followed by private counseling appointments will determine the courses that you may take in your first quarter. Foothill Student ID numbers will be distributed during orientation that will allow you to register for classes.
Our mission is to ensure your success as an international student at Foothill College and in the United States. The orientation program provides a comprehensive introduction to the most important information topics and tools for your student success. Representatives of many key offices and centers on campus make special time to meet with new international students, such as Admissions & Records, Counseling Center, Health Services Office, Psychological Services, Honors Institute, Student Activities & Student Government, Library, and Transfer Center.
Finally, orientation is designed to give you an opportunity to become accustomed to American life and culture and build long-lasting friendships.
Orientation Program
The orientation program covers important topics:
  • Immigration regulations and maintaining F-1 visa status
  • How to register for classes
  • Student activities and campus life
  • Housing
  • Banking and finances
  • How to use the library
  • Student government and clubs
  • Health insurance
  • Campus health services and counseling
  • Study skills and time management
During orientation, students will also:
  • Take placement tests in English and Math
  • Receive an individual appointment with an academic counselor, which allows to register for classes
  • Participate in interactive cultural activities and fun games. Some complimentary lunches are provided.
  • Sign up for the new student field trip
Class Registration
All F-1 students who have never attended a college or university in the United States are required to attend orientation before being able to register for classes. Placement tests followed by private counseling appointments will determine the courses that you may take in your first quarter. Foothill Student ID numbers will be distributed during orientation, which will allow you to register for classes.
Students transferring from a U.S. college/university, or F-1 students who arrive late may follow suggested registration steps. Download How to Register for Foothill Classes.
For more information about orientation
Contact Sherri Mines, our International Admissions Coordinator at or at 1-650-949-7293.
See common questions about orientation in the Admissions FAQs section.
Statement about 120-day suspension of refugee programs and a 90-day ban on travel to the U.S. (PDF)
140 FHDA international students accepted to UCLA, 94 to UC Berkeley, 344 to UC San Diego, 385 to UC Davis for Fall 2015; 72 to USC for Fall 2014! Our students were also accepted to MIT, Stanford, Columbia, Yale, Purdue, NYU, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and more!

International student featured in International Educator magazine article on 2+2 transfer success

Received Export Achievement Award from the U.S. Dept. of Commerce in 2012

Find out more about our Transfer Agreements(pdf).

Foothill is now an
iTEP Test Center.
Instead of TOEFL/IELTS,
Take iTEP for admission.