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.

  • 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 in Conference Room B, located in the Campus Center. Below are the schedules for Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17.

    Monday March 16, 2020:
    Time: Activity Location 
    9:00 A.M. Check-In Conference Room B
    9:30 A.M. Message from the ISP Supervisor Conference Room B
    9:45 A.M. ISP Staff introduction Conference Room B
    10:00 A.M. Tuition/ Payment presentation Conference Room B
    10:30 A.M. Campus Tour Meet at Conference Room B
    11:00 A.M. Brunch/ Resource Fair Conference Room B
    12:15-1:30 P.M. Workshop 1 Room location will be given on individual schedule
    1:45 P.M.- 3:00 P.M. Workshop 2 Room location will be given on individual schedule
    3:15 P.M.- 4:30 P.M. Workshop 3 Room location will be given on individual schedule
    Tuesday March 17, 2020:
    Time: Activity: Location:
    9:00 A.M.  Welcome, updates and answer any questions Conference Room B
    9:45 A.M.-11:00 A.M. Workshop 4 Room location will be given on individual schedule
     11:15- A.M.- 12:30  Workshop 5 Room location will be given on individual schedule
     1:15 P.M- 2:30 P.M  Workshop 6 Room location will be given on individual schedule
     2:45 P.M.- 4:00 P.M.  Workshop 7 Room location will be given on individual schedule

    * On Tuesday March 17, lunch will not be provided. You can bring your own lunch or purchase food in the Campus Center.

    *Times and locations are subject to change. Please check back periodically for any changes

    Assessment Dates

    English and Math assessments will be conducted during orientation week from March 17-20. You can sign up for your assessment by logging on to your student status page here. If you are unable to make the assessment during the reserved times for ISP Spring Orientation, please visit the Assessment Center page here to schedule a time to take the assessment. 


    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

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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