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Pre-arrival Student Checklist

OBTAIN YOUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

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.

PREPARING FOR YOUR TRIP TO THE UNITED STATES

Before you leave for the United States, make sure you have all the required documentation:

• Passport

• Visa

• 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.

ARRANGE HOUSING AND PHONE

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:

https://www.csusb.edu/international-education/student-services/new-students/housing-information

http://blog.extraspace.com/2017/02/24/living-in-san-bernardino-ca/

https://www.apartments.com/san-bernardino-ca/

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

PAY TUITION AND FEES

The general fees and estimated living expenses can be found here:

https://www.csusb.edu/financial-aid/prospective-students/eligibility-requirements/cost-attendance

https://www.csusb.edu/student-financial-services/tuition-and-fees

PAY HEALTH INSURANCE

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

MY COYOTE

Make sure you activate your MyCoyote https://my.csusb.edu  There you can add classes, pay your fees and add WiFi.

PRINT YOUR I-94

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

ARRANGE PARKING ON CAMPUS

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

ATTEND THE MANDATORY ORIENTATION AND CHECK IN

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

REVIEW CAMPUS MAP

https://map.csusb.edu/?id=1850#!ct/51385,48449,53905,53906

For J-1 Students only

THE PURPOSE OF THE EXCHANGE VISITOR PROGRAM

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.

 

Tuition and Fees

Please note that many programs have tuition waiver agreements.  Consult your Study Abroad Coordinator to see any apply to you.