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 about registering for orientation, what to expect, and how to prepare below.

Upcoming Orientation Dates

  • Winter 2023

    Winter Orientation Dec. 5-8, 2022 – Online Event

    Register Here 

    • Virtual Orientation (via Zoom)
    • No in-person activities are scheduled during the orientation week
    • Students do not need to be in the US for the orientation
    • We will cover topics including 
      • Assessment
      • Academic counseling
      • International student health insurance
      • Tuition
      • Health requirements and required forms
      • Student support services

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  • Spring 2023

    Spring Orientation March 20-23, 2023 – Online Event

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Class Schedule

The first day of classes is Monday, Jan 9 2023. The class schedule for winter 2023 quarter will be available on Oct 25, 2022. We strongly recommend that you check course descriptions carefully to see if the class is entirely online, hybrid, or in person.

International Student Orientation

The Winter 2023 Virtual Orientation (online only) is scheduled for the week of Dec. 5 through Dec. 8, Monday through Thursday. The orientation program will be offered via Zoom which means NOT on campus. Log in meeting time will be emailed to you at a later date.

Workshops topics:

  • Health Insurance & Health Requirements,
  • Immigration Advising,
  • Tuition Payments,
  • Academic Counseling, and much more.


ISP New Student Registration Module

This is a very useful tool to learn how to register for classes and what classes new, first time students should be choosing for their first quarter at De Anza.

Log in to the course on the Canvas learning platform

Be sure to click “Enroll in Course” and then click on: “Go to the Course.” 

Academic Counseling

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Assessment Video

Please review the Assessment explainer video for information on Math and English Assessment. You can also watch the slideshow.


De Anza uses a program called Canvas for online classroom. Depending on your instructor, it can be used for lectures, assignments, quizzes, discussions with your classmates, and more. As a new student, we ask that you review the ISP modules on Canvas.

Course Registration and MyPortal

Your assigned course registration date is: Nov 18 starting at 8 a.m. (California Time Zone). You will register for your classes using our online system called MyPortal. To register you will need your CWID.

If you are logging in for the first time, you will also need to create a password. For more information, please review the ISP New Student Registration Module for a demonstration.

Full-time (12 units) requirement

International F-1 visa students who will be studying from inside the U.S. MUST enroll and complete a minimum of 12 units each quarter in order to maintain their immigration status in the U.S. Plan accordingly!

Hybrid/On Campus Course

F-1 visa students who are planning to enter the U.S. for the winter 2023 quarter are required to enroll in at least 1 hybrid or on-campus course. A hybrid course is a combination of an online and in-person instruction. By enrolling in this course, you would meet immigration regulations.

The ISP office will offer a 1-unit hybrid course called Counseling 5: Introduction to College that will allow you to meet this requirement. We will send you instructions on how to enroll in this course at a later date.

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Health Requirements  and COVID vaccination/Booster

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During orientation week we will offer a workshop on tuition fees and payments. You can also review a power point presentation on the CANVAS module and are welcome to navigate through the De Anza website for additional details on the Student fees webpage.

International students have time to pay their fees until the second Friday of the quarter (except for summer where tuition payment is due immediately upon registration) and are exempt from the Drop for-non Payment policy.

The Winter 2023 deadline to pay tuition is: Jan 20, 2023.


if your admission was very recently processed, you may not be able to log in to your MyPortal/CANVAS/Health Portal/enroll for Assessment right away etc. Please wait a few days before contacting us with log-in issues, thank you.

Mandatory Check-In

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If you decide you will not attend De Anza college, you must drop all of your classes by the due date as set by the college.

You’ll find the deadline for your class in MyPortal under “View Your Class Schedule.”  This is solely the student's responsibility.

Failing to drop a class before the DUE date means you MUST pay for the tuition. There is no exception to this rule. The ISP office cannot drop classes for you.

Health Insurance

Health Insurance is mandatory for all F-1 visa students who will be studying from inside the U.S.  At time of class registration, all students will be charged a fee of $576 for health coverage.

If you will be studying from OUTSIDE the US, we will send you instructions on how to waive your health insurance fee at a later date.

Health Insurance Fee Waiver Request

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How to request a future quarter I-20

  • If you CANNOT arrive to the U.S. before first day of classes, you have to request a future quarter I-20.   To do so, log onto the admission portal and complete this request on the top, right hand corner of the page.
    we receive a HIGH volume of requests. Expect to wait a minimum of 2-3 weeks to receive your new I-20 after you submit your request for next available term. Timeline is longer for more future terms.
  • ALERT:  students may NOT enter the U.S. after a quarter has started. Be sure to request a new I-20 for the quarter you plan on entering the U.S. for.

Steps to Prepare for Your First Quarter

Follow the steps listed on the top of the Important For New F-1 Visa Students Page to get ready for your first quarter at De Anza.

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