International Student and Scholar Services

Mandatory Orientation for International Wildcats Spring 2022

CSU, Chico's orientation for International Wildcats is mandatory for all new first year, transfer, and graduate level students.  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.  

Dates: January 18-22, 2022

Registration Information for All Events Listed Below

Spring 2022 Orientation - Schedule

Spring 2022 Orientation - Calendar - select the "week" view option for best results

Spring 2022 Orientation - Checklist

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  • Why are some orientation sessions mandatory?

    Orientation sessions are mandatory when they are required by the U.S. government and/or the University.

    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 orientation 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

  • 18 - 21 January (by appointment) - F-1 Undergrad Individual Advising - mandatory for 1st years and transfers

    Mandatory session for all new F-1 first year and transfer students 

    30-minute appointments available January 19 - 21  - Sign up for your virtual appointment here

    Topics: Completing your admissions file, removing holds, and finalizing your course schedule.

  • 18 January (morning) - Part II-a: Welcome to Chico State! - mandatory for all students

    Mandatory session for all new international students 

    Tuesday, January 18 - Register Here

    10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Pacific Time) -virtual

    Topics: Resources for student success, important dates, University regulations, special requirements for International Wildcats, scholarships and fee waivers, Wildcat Welcome events, getting involved in student activities, and cultural insights.

  • 18 January (afternoon) - Part II-b: Immunization Check-In - mandatory for students inside U.S.

    January 18 - In-person individual appointments (see schedule to find your assigned time)

    Mandatory meeting at the WellCat Health Center for all new international students living inside of the U.S.

    A health professional will review your International Student Health Certificate and/or proof of immunization for Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) and negative TB test.

    Follow these steps to meet this requirement

    1. Find your assigned appointment time to review your immunization records;
    2. Go to the WellCat Health Center Patient Portal (Click on the red box to log in);
    3. Fill out all three forms: Privacy Practice Notice, Consent for Treatment, Health History Form; be sure to click submit when prompted; and
    4. Bring to your appointment: Photo ID (passport or Wildcat ID), face mask, and completed International Student Health Certificate (PDF) with proof of immunization for MMR and TB.

    Not immunized? Need a TB test? 

    The Wellcat Health Center will offer these services to you during your appointment. List of fees for immunizations and tests

  • 19 January (morning) - Part III - Immigration Check-In - mandatory for students inside U.S.

    Mandatory meeting for all new international students living inside of the U.S.

    Wednesday, January 19 - Register Here

    10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Pacific Time) -virtual

    Topics: Immigration compliance, health insurance requirements, safety in the Chico community, and University regulations during the pandemic.

  • 20 January (morning) - Part IV - Academic Integrity and Success - mandatory for all students

    Mandatory meeting for all new international students

    Thursday, January 20 - Register Here

    10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Pacific Time) -virtual

    Topics: Tips for academic success at the U.S. four-year university, including: what’s in a unit, how much you are expected to study outside of the classroom, the importance of attendance, classroom etiquette, definitions of academic misconduct, and the student conduct process.


    F-1 undergrads - meet with Tasha to learn about their graduation requirements

    F-1 grads - meet with Snow to learn about program requirements and finalize course schedule

    J-1 - meet with Ximena and Kenya to finalize their course schedule

  • 21 January - Tour of Chico State and Downtown (free lunch included) - optional activity

    Optional activity offered by the Global Student Society and International Wildcat Program. All new International Wildcats are welcome!

    Friday, January 21 from 10 am - 3 pm (Pacific Time) - in-person event

    Sign up Here no later than January 18

    Explore the University campus and downtown Chico with experienced International Wildcats, and learn about the best places to visit in the North State. This is an excellent opportunity to meet new friends and get all of your questions answered. Free pizza lunch is included!


    Campus tour from 10 - 12

    Lunch - Get to know your International Ambassadors and Global Allies from 12:30-2:00

    Downtown tour from 2 - 3 pm

    Note - Social distancing (six feet apart) will be required for students not wearing a mask (except when eating).  Lunch will be outdoors. Be prepared for cool temperatures!

    Meeting location to be announced soon.

  • 22 January - Shopping excursion with International Ambassadors - optional activity

    Optional activity offered by the International Wildcat Program. All new International Wildcats are welcome!

    Saturday, January 22 - meet at 10:30 am at the B-Line Transit Center in downtown Chico(Pacific Time) - in-person event

    Sign up Here no later than January 21 at 11:59 pm (Pacific Time)

    Ride the bus to a local shopping center to purchase needed items for your new home. Shops available include: Target, Best Buy, Walmart, and more.

  • Submit your proof of health insurance

    Did you know? The cost of a visit to the hospital in California for an uninsured individual is $2500 per day (at a minimum)!

    Health insurance is not universal in the U.S. Therefore, International Wildcats are required to purchase an approved health insurance plan that covers the entire academic year, beginning with the first day of classes each semester. It is also highly recommended that students be insured at all times while they are inside of the U.S. (even when school is not in session).

    Click here to learn more about how to select an acceptable health insurance plan and to submit your proof of insurance to the international office.

  • Get your Wildcat ID Card - mandatory for students inside U.S.

    Your Wildcat ID card will be required to access many services on campus, including the library and computer labs. Students living in University Housing will also use this card to access their building and eat in the dining halls. Also your card can be used to ride the local Chico bus system ( B-Line) for free!

    All students may load currency on their Wildcat ID Card and use this to pay for services on campus, including campus dining facilities and printing services.

    Obtain your card by visiting the Wildcat ID Card Center in-person.

    Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday from 8 am - 5 pm
  • Optional Sessions and Activities to Help You Start Strong

    There are many things to learn as a new International Wildcat and we've got you covered!

    Additional Workshops for International Wildcats (pre-recorded) - optional

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

    Wildcat Welcome - for all Chico State students

    CSU, Chico's Wildcat Welcome series offers informative and helpful optional sessions and activities to all new students. Activities include: meetings with your academic department to learn more about your major, job fairs, social events, athletic activities, and much more.

    Wildcat Welcome Schedule

    Virtual and in-person sessions and activities are offered.