International New Student Check-in and Orientation 

International Dog Days New Student Orientation program is designed to help new students transition into the University. Orientation is a mandatory event for all new students to prepare them for success.

International Dog Days New Student Orientation is included in our Welcome Week schedule. During Welcome Week students Check-In, attend social activities, provide immigration documentation, review immunization records for health clearance, meet with academic counselors, take placement exams, register for classes and familiarize themselves with the campus and local community. In addition to learning about academic and immigration requirements, students will hear from a variety of campus programs, as well as, participate in a resource fair to help familiarize them with campus resources. Welcome Week is designed to assist new students with their adjustment and transition to Fresno State.


Spring 2020


                 Date:  January 7 or 8

                 Location:  University Business Center (UBC), Room 192 at Craig School of Business

                 Time:  9am to 4:30pm (Students can walk-in anytime during the hours)


                  Date:  January 9

                  Location:  Satellite Student Union (SSU)

                  Time:  8am to 5pm (Students need to arrive on time at 8am)                  

Fall 2020

Check-In: August 11 or 12

Orientation: August 13

Spring 2021

Check-In: January 12 or 13 

Orientation: January 14


Documents to bring for the Check-in

  • Passport with VISA and U.S. entry stamp marked valid for duration of status by “D/S”
  • I-20 or DS-2019
  • Immunization records
  • Final official transcripts and certificates of completion if they have not yet been submitted

NOTE: You will not be able to complete check-in & registration without the above documents

** If you are arriving after the check-in dates, please make arrangement to come by the International Office once you get to campus.  


Getting to Fresno State

If your final destination is the Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT), the readily available transportation from the airport to your destination (dormitory/apartment/friend’s house) is taking a taxi (cab) outside the airport, or using a rideshare service such as Uber or Lyft (about $15-$25).

If you are arriving within two weeks of the start of the semester, please take advantage of our Airport Pickup Service! 

Make sure you have cash (about $30) if you are taking a cab and the address to your destination on you.  If you are staying at an apartment, make prior arrangement with the apartment manager to meet you within one or two hours of your arrival at FAT to check you into the apartment.  If you arrive after office hours, you may need to check into a hotel to spend the night. See these links for hotel choices that are close to Fresno State:

University Square Hotel  (5 - minute walk to campus) 
University Inn                  (5 - minute walk to campus)          
Holiday Inn Express        (30 - minute walk to campus)


International Student Ambassadors

 If you have questions about Fresno State, International Students Ambassadors are here to help! 

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