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!
Orientation: August 19th, 2021
Location: To be announced
Time: 8:30am PST (Pacific Standard Time)
Documents to bring for check-in
- Copy of passport;
- Copy of I-20;
- Copy of Visa if available;
- 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: fresnostate.instructure.com/enroll/A9RHAD
Canvas Student Video Tutorial: https://community.canvaslms.com/videos/1124-canvas-overview-students
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.
International Dog Days (New Student Orientation)
Immigration Check-In: August 17th or 18th
Orientation: August 19th