International Student and Scholar Services

International Wildcat Welcome

Getting Started -  Pre-departure Information and Support 

Everything you need to get started will be found here: Getting Ready for Chico State

Virtual U.S. Visa Interview Preparation Workshop - Optional 

Next Workshop Coming in April 2024

This is a virtual advising session for students who have not yet had their visa interviews. 

Mandatory Orientation Seminars 

All new international students at Chico State are required to complete these seminars. 

Pre-Departure Virtual Seminar Series
This interactive seminar series on the International Wildcat Headquarters will help you get ready for Chico State. Complete before you arrive in Chico. This is recommended (not equired)

Wildcat Welcome In-Person Seminar
This 2-day in-person seminar will welcome you to campus and provide you with a starter kit for success. Complete after you arrive in Chico. 

Additional Workshops (Pre-Recorded)

Explore these pre-recorded workshops(opens in new window) from anywhere and at a time that is convenient for you.

The Importance and Value of Orientation at Chico State 

  • Why are some orientation seminar sessions mandatory?

    Orientation sessions are mandatory when they are required by the U.S. government and/or the University. You will gain valuable insights and tools that will help you feel happy, healthy, and safe in your new home and you will learn how to meet your immigration requirements and academic and personal goals at CSU, Chico.

    Optional sessions are also offered. These will provide you with additional information that will help you to maximize your success.

    Past participants tell us that the more sessions they attended during orientation, the better prepared they felt on their first day of classes.

  • What happens if I miss a mandatory session?

    If you miss a mandatory orientation session, you will have a hold placed on your account, which will prevent you from utilizing services at the University. The only way to lift the hold is to have an individual meeting with an international student advisor. It is important to understand that a short make-up session is not an equal substitute for orientation - every effort should be made to attend all mandatory sessions.

    Request an appointment to make up a mandatory session you missed by sending an email to:

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