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.

  • Winter 2020

    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 on your online application. 

    Orientation Dates

    Orientation will be held on Dec. 9 and 10. Check-in will begin at 8 a.m.

    Assessment Dates

    Assessments will be conducted Dec. 11-13. You are able to sign up for your assessment through your online application. 


    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.

Winter Registration Opens at 8 a.m. (Pacific Time) on Saturday, Nov. 16. 

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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