THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU ARRIVE IN THE U.S.:
Receive & sign your Form I-20
The I-20 is required to obtain your visa and enter the US. Currently, the I-20 forms are emailed to the students’ personal email.
If you are a transfer student, contact your previous school to release your SEVIS record to Saddleback College.
Pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee (Initial Students Only)
Pay at https://www.fmjfee.com/ print the receipt (Form I-901). Form I-901 is required to obtain your visa.
Apply for an F-1 visa
Schedule a visa appointment at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy. Come prepared and check your new F-1 visa for any errors once you receive it.
Purchase Health Insurance
All students are required to purchase health insurance prior to class registration. To purchase your health insurance plan online, click on the following link: https://www.saddleback.edu/iso/Health-Insurance-Information.
Housing & Transportation
Saddleback College does not offer housing or transportation.
Book your Travel to the U.S.
Arrive in the U.S. no more than 30 days before the program stat date on your I-20! Carry your I-20, passport, F-1 visa, & I-901 receipt in your carry-on bags.
THINGS TO DO AS SOON AS YOU ARRIVE:
Update your U.S. address, phone number & emergency contacts on your MySite student account.
Sign-Up & Attend Orientation
All Incoming international students are required to attend orientation. Please sign up for orientation and arrive on time. If you miss orientation, you must sign-up for a make-up session scheduled later in the semester.
Meet with an Academic Counselor
An academic counselor will help you plan your academic goals and choose classes. Call or visit the ISO to request a counseling appointment.
Register for Classes – 12 units
Choose classes as soon as possible and register on MySite. You must complete at least 12 units each fall and spring semester and no more than 1 online class. This includes enrollment in the Counseling 1 course (designed for International Students). To choose courses, view the Class Schedule.
Pay registration fees
Online through MySite or in the Student Payment Office located on the 2nd floor of Student Services Center, SSC 208.
24 hours after you register for classes, you may have your Student ID Card printed at the Admissions and Records Office. You should know and memorize your ID number. Note: When visiting the campus for any in-person services, please bring a Picture ID for verification.
TB (Tuberculosis) Test
Schedule an appointment for a Tuberculosis (TB) test as soon as you arrive in the US by calling the Student Health Center at (949) 582-4606. The test will be given after the semester begins and you must provide the International Student Office with your results within the first 10 days of the start of the semester.