Pre-arrival Student Checklist
Paying your I-901 SEVIS Fee
Regulation requires all prospective "F" student or “J” visiting scholars to pay the I-901 Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee before the Department of State issues you a visa. Please go her to pay the fee: https://fmjfee.com/
Don’t forget to print your receipt.
Applying for a Visa to Travel to the United States
Follow the instructions at the website of the embassy or consulate where you will apply for a visa. After you receive your visa, check to see that you received the right type of visa and that your name and date of birth are correct and match the information in your passport. If anything is incorrect, you will have to ask the embassy or consulate to correct your visa before you travel.
Before you leave for the United States, make sure you have all the required documentation:
• Form I-20 or DS 2019
• I-901 receipt
It is always a good idea to carry your original documents with you at all times. Do not put them in your checked baggage. It is also a good idea to make at least two sets of copies of these documents: one digital copy and one copy to give to your school officials.
If you would like to live on-campus please contact the Housing and Residential Education: https://www.csusb.edu/housing
If you would like to live off-campus you will have to make arrangements on your own. Here are some websites that may help you make a decision:
You must have a U.S. Phone number while in the U.S. To get a free phone number that you can use on your cell phone go to Google Voice: https://support.google.com/voice/answer/115061?hl=en
The general fees and estimated living expenses can be found here:
Health insurance is paid through CSU San Bernardino International Student Health Insurance Plan. Please see the online brochure for the most up-to-date costs and payment methods: https://www.csusb.edu/international-education/student-services/new-students/health-insurance
Make sure you activate your MyCoyote https://my.csusb.edu There you can add classes, pay your fees and add WiFi.
Upon entering the United States, you will receive an automated Form I-94 record that will automatically be generated for you by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers. CBP will provide you with an admission stamp on your passport that is annotated with date of entry, class of admission and admitted-until date. The electronic arrival/departure record can be obtained at: www.cbp.gov/I94
If you will be driving, you need to purchase a parking permit to park on campus. You find more information here: https://www.csusb.edu/parking/parking-permits
If you will be taking public transportation, please go here for more information on how the campus can help you: https://www.csusb.edu/parking/transportation
Reporting to your school
You have 30 days to enter the country before your official program start date, which you can find on your I-20 or DS 2019. It is best to contact your school immediately after entering the country so that there is no question of your arrival. If you cannot enter the United States for the term listed on your I-20 or DS 2019 or if you will be late by a few days, immediately contact your designated school officials so that they can accurately enter this information in your SEVIS record.
Please look for emails concerning the mandatory orientation.
Bring your passport/visa, I-94 and I-20 or DS 2019
Academic advising and future/finalizing class selection will take place during orientation
Orientation Fee $70 USD
For J-1 Students only
The J-1 exchange program has two purposes: 1) it allows students to study at a US Institution; 2) It allows students to experience U.S. life and culture. Students can study at CSUSB under a J-1 visa, for a quarter, an academic year or a degree program. The circumstances which a student can stay are generally agreed upon by the student’s home University.
Please note that many programs have tuition waiver agreements. Consult your Study Abroad Coordinator to see any apply to you.