International New Student Check-in and Orientation 

International Dog Days (New Student Orientation) will be going to a virtual format this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our team is currently in the process of developing the online orientation materials and we will update this website periodically with more information on a regular basis.

International Dog Days (New Student Orientation) will be held on August 19th at 8:30 am PST (Pacific Standard Time).

Students will receive instructions one week prior to the scheduled International Dog Days, in their Fresno State email. This email will provide directions on how to access the Online Pre-Orientation, the CANVAS International Orientation Modules, and the link for the Zoom meetings.

With so many students dealing with financial uncertainty due to COVID-19 pandemic, President Jimenez-Sandoval has made the decision to waive the Dog Days fee for the Fall 2021 semester. This means students will NOT have to pay the $70 Orientation fee.

We're very excited to engage with you and provide all new students a meaningful experience while they successfully transition to Fresno State!



Fall 2021

Orientation: August 19th, 2021

Location:  To be announced  

Time: 8:30am PST (Pacific Standard Time)   

Documents to bring for check-in

  1. Copy of passport;
  2. Copy of I-20;
  3. Copy of Visa if available;
  4. Copy of your immunization records, including TB test, MMR, Hepatitis B (if you are 18 or younger). Your immunization record in English or your immunization with an English translation will be accepted.

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).

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be able to offer Fresno State Airport Pickup Service for the Fall 2021 semester.

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 arrangements 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 Dog Days Schedule

International Dog Days Overview: August 19th at 8:30am PST

You will meet us via Zoom to be Welcomed by our campus administration, discuss expectations, introduce resources, and answer any questions about Fall 2021 at Fresno State.

CANVAS International Orientation Modules Part A & B: Available starting August 7th  (Completion of online orientation required prior to the first day of classes)

Learn how to use Canvas by self-enrolling in the Canvas Student Orientation:

Canvas Student Video Tutorial:


You will meet us via Zoom along with special guests to review essential university resources and to discuss any questions about the CANVAS Modules A & B.

Looking Forward

International Dog Days (New Student Orientation) 

Fall 2021

Immigration Check-In: August 17th or 18th 

Orientation: August 19th