International Student and Scholar Services

Getting Ready for Chico State

Your International Wildcat journey starts here.   

Important Dates 
Mark your calendar for these important events and deadlines.

Submit your Intent to Enroll
This signals to the University that you plan to attend Chico State.

U.S. Visa Application Process
Apply for your visa, schedule your interview, and pay SEVIS activation fee. 

Virtual Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar
Access via the Virtual International Wildcat Headquarters.  

In-Person Orientation Seminar
Attendance is required as mandated by U.S. government immigration regulations. 

Immunizations and Screenings
Upload documents from your home country using a secure server. 

Fee Payments
Plan to pay all fees before the deadline. 

Housing Options
It is preferable to have your housing arranged prior to arriving in Chico. 

Course Enrollment
All new students receive specialized support with course enrollment their first semester. 

Health Insurance Plan
Fall 2023 - Students must enroll and pay before Sept 1 (auto-enroll begins Spring 2024)

Travel Arrangements 
Plan to arrive a few days before your mandatory in-person orientation seminar.

Free University Airport Shuttle
Register for free transportation from the Sacramento airport 

Submit Final Arrival Form
This information helps the IEGE staff prepare for your arrival.  

Prepare to Enter the U.S.
This step is especially important for first-time travelers to the U.S. 

Additional Resources for New Students 
Frequently Asked Questions
Helpful Instructional Videos
Virtual Meetings With International Student Advisors
Arriving Early in Chico (PDF) (PDF) - Suggested Things to Do

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