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

  • Pre-Arrival 

    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 here for the Pre-Arrival session.

  • Fall 2019

    Assessment Information

    The Assessment Center will be holding four video conferences to answer questions regarding assessment. We recommend you participate in one of these sessions. You can register here for an Assessment video session.

    Orientation Dates

    Orientation will be held from from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sept. 3-12 (excluding Saturday and Sunday). Lunch will be provided. The first week will cover assessments and the second week will include mandatory workshops. 

    Assessment Dates

    Assessments will be conducted on Sept. 3-6. On the first day of orientation, you will receive an assigned date and time for 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.

Fall Registration Opens at 8 a.m. (Pacific Time) on Friday, July 12 

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

Register for Orientation

Register here for orientation.

Remember to bring your I-20 and a copy of your visa to check in on the first day of orientation.

Locate your student ID number,  log in to MyPortal

Your De Anza Campuswide ID (CWID) is the eight-digit student identification number that you can find on your admission letter; it will also be handwritten in pencil on the first page of your I-20.  Please memorize this number as you will need it to log in to MyPortal to register for classes, take placement tests, obtain your student ID card, and more.  You should also include your CWID in all emails that you send to the ISP office.

Important: Even if you have received your acceptance packet and CWID number, you may not immediately be able to log in to MyPortal.  Your account activation may take several weeks from the date of your acceptance.  If your registration date arrives and you are still unable to log in, send an email to the ISP office at with your name, date of birth, and CWID to request assistance.

Begin registering for classes

Register through MyPortal as soon as possible when the date arrives, because classes fill up quickly and F-1 students MUST take a minimum of 12 units per quarter.  You may not be able to register for Math or English classes until after you complete the assessment process (during orientation), but all students will be able to register for other general education classes.

Important: You are responsible for dropping all classes if you decide not to attend De Anza. Failure to drop by the refund deadline will result in an outstanding balance that you will be expected to pay. Unpaid balances will be referred to a collection agency, which may affect your credit and future endeavors in the United States.

Attend orientation and complete assessment

New students must complete the assessment process for Math and English or English as a Second Language, in order register for these classes or other classes with a Math or English requirement.*  You will be assigned a time for assessment when you check in at orientation.  If you miss orientation, you must make your own appointment on the Assessment Center's appointment page.

Important: Click here for information and advice about the assessment process. Visit the Assessment Center website to learn more and view practice tests.

*If you have credit in college-level English or Math from another U.S. school, you can complete the prerequisite clearance process.  Clearance can take several weeks, so you should submit the paperwork as soon as possible to avoid registration delays.

Submit required documents to ISP

The Health Verification form included with your acceptance packet must be completed and returned to the ISP office with appropriate medical documentation attached during orientation.

Important: This form should be completed by a medical professional or have supporting documentation attached.  Forms that are filled in by students or that are lacking in documentation will not be accepted.

Students who do not have a valid Health Verification can receive the required testing and immunizations at the Student Health Services office on campus, after the start of their first quarter. More information about accessing these services will be given during orientation.

Additional documents that must be submitted to the ISP office are listed below. You will receive copies during Orientation if you are unable to print them in advance.

Failing to submit all documents by the second Friday of your first quarter will result in a "hold" being placed on your account, which will prevent you from registering for classes for the next quarter.

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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