International Student Orientation

ISP runs a new student orientation program specifically for new F-1 visa students.  The International Student Orientation is mandatory; you must attend to receive priority enrollment for future quarters.  Admitted F-1 visa students can find out information about registering for orientation, what to expect, and how to prepare below.

Upcoming Orientation Dates

  • Before You Arrive

    The Pre-Arrival online session was developed to provide you with preliminary information and answers to your questions. We encourage you to complete this short online session before attending orientation. You can
    register online for the Pre-Arrival session.

  • Late Winter 2020

    Assessment Information

    The assessment is needed to be placed in English, ESL and math classes. If you are unsure if you need to take the assessment please see a counselor or visit the Assessment Center in the lower level of the RSS building. 

    Orientation Dates

    Winter make-up orientation will be held on Jan. 10, 2020 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in Conference Room A, located in the Campus Center. 

    Assessment Dates

    If you need to register for your assessment, please visit the Assessment Center appointments webpage or visit their office in the lower level of the RSS building.

    What to Expect During Your Make-Up Orientation

    During the make-up orientation, you will hear from a counselor and immigration adviser about policies and procedures for an F-1 visa student. 

  • Spring 2020

    Assessment Information

    You can find information about the assessment in the pre-arrival module or by visiting the Assessment Center website.

    Orientation Dates

    Spring Orientation will be held Monday, March 16, through Friday March 20. Check-in will be at 9 a.m. on Monday, March 16.

    Assessment Dates

    Assessments will be conducted during orientation week. Please check back the last week of January 2020 for more details about registration and dates. 


    Workshops will cover such topics as immigration rules, campus health services, health insurance, registering for classes, using MyPortal and equity programs on campus. On the first day of orientation, you will receive assignments for days, times and locations of workshops. 

Steps to Prepare for Your First Quarter

Follow the steps below and be sure to read the FAQs for Admitted Students.

Spring Registration Opens at 8 A.M. Pacific Time on Friday, February 28. 

Register for classes as soon as possible when your registration date arrives. Classes fill up quickly!  Review the steps below for more information.

  • Step 1: Register for Orientation

  • Step 2: Locate your student ID number,  log in to MyPortal

  • Step 3: Begin registering for classes

  • Step 4: Attend orientation and complete assessment

  • Step 5: Submit required documents to ISP

Student Handbook

Refer to the International Student Handbook for valuable information on the following topics:

  • Education in the U.S. and at De Anza College
  • Tuition
  • Campus Life and Services
  • Health Insurance
  • Safety on and off campus
  • Employment
  • U.S. Culture
  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Shopping and Dining

Download the Handbook

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