Congratulations on your admission to CSU!

We are thrilled to have you join the Ram Family, and wish to offer any assistance we can before you arrive. Below are some resources to help get you started. Information can also be found in the Pre-Arrival Guide, which you should receive in the mail with your I-20.


Required Documents to be Issued an I-20 or DS-2019

Immigration Information

You will complete the immigration information as part of your application to CSU. Here you will specify:

  • Your sources of financial support and an affidavit of support from a family member or friend
  • The address of where you want your immigration document shipped
  • Your current US visa status, if applicable
  • Information about your dependents

If you are a returning student or applying to the Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine program, you will submit the Immigration Document Request Form to ISSS instead.

Financial Support Documents

Immigration documents (I-20 or DS-2019) can only be sent to admitted students whose financial support information has been received, verified, and approved.

I-20 Immigration Document for F-1 Students:

In order to be issued an I-20 immigration document, a student’s financial documentation must demonstrate the ability to pay the full cost of attendance for one full academic year. Please see the Estimated Expense Form for more information on cost of attendance. 

DS-2019 Immigration Document for J-1 Students:

In order to be issued a DS-2019 immigration documents, a student’s documentation must show enough funding to cover the duration of the document. For example: If financial documentation is only demonstrated for 1 year, than the DS-2019 can only be issued for 1 year.

Acceptable financial documents:

Bank statement or loan document:

  • Your document should be in English.
  • The name and address of the bank must be listed.
  • Your name or your sponsor’s name(s) must be on the letter or bank statement and must match the name(s) listed on your affidavit of support.
  • Financial documentation must be dated within 12 months of the start of your program of study.
  • Example bank statement

Financial guarantee from sponsoring government or organization:

  • The letter must match the student’s intended major and term of admission.
  • Financial documentation must be dated within 12 months of the start of your program of study.

Scholarship or assistantship letter:

  • Must include the dates valid, specific amount of financial support and/or what benefits are included
  • Must be written on official letterhead
  • Example assistantship letter

Copy of Passport

A copy of the ID page of your passport will be needed before the Office of International Programs can issue your immigration documents.

If you are bringing dependents (a spouse or children), copies of their passports will also be needed.

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the start of your program.

After Submission

All communication from CSU will be via the email address used when your application to CSU was submitted. You will receive regular email communication from our office. If you are not receiving emails from our office, please check the email address you have listed on your RAMweb account.

When your documents (I-20 or DS-2019) are ready, you will receive an email from our office to confirm your shipping address.

If you have further questions, please contact us at with your name and CSU ID number.

Create your eID and login to RamWeb

Your first step to become part of the CSU community is to create an electronic ID (eID). Make sure to have your CSUID number, which is available in your Applicant Status.

Your eID allows you to access RamWeb, the CSU student portal. Among other things, you may use RamWeb to:

  • register for classes
  • check grades
  • pay account balances
  • find student job listings
  • find your unofficial transcript

It’s important to log in to RamWeb now to see if you have any steps to complete before you are Registration Ready (allowed to enroll in classes).

Creating an eID will also create your email address. Be sure to check this account regularly (or forward it to your preferred email), as all important student notifications will be sent to this address.

Sign up for Ram Orientation

Fully-admitted students are required to attend Ram Orientation, an exciting week of learning about CSU and building your new community on campus. Learn more about your specific orientation program and sign up at the links below:

International Graduate Orientation

Undergraduate Ram Orientation for International Students

INTO CSU Orientation

Complete your Health Tasks

Students are required to provide a medical history and proof of immunization. If this isn’t completed before February, a “hold” will be placed on your student account, barring your from registering for classes. We recommend admitted students mail clean, readable copies of their immunization records to Hartshorn Health Service before departing for the US, then complete the Health History form online. Learn about the immunizations requirements at the CSU Health Network website. If you have CSU Health Insurance, you can receive any immunizations you still need here on campus–insurance would cover the cost.

New Student Requirements & Recommendations

To keep our campus healthy and safe, there are several tasks all new students must complete. The following is a broad overview of the requirements and recommendations for new students. Follow the links for more detailed information about each.

Complete the Haven: Understanding Sexual Assault Program
Due by the 1st day of class
Required for all admitted students (Except INTO students)
* Transfer students of any age who have taken Haven at another institution will need to repeat this course at CSU.

Complete the AlcoholEdu Program
Due by the 1st day of class
Required for students under age 23 (Except INTO students)
* Transfer students under age 23 who have taken AlcoholEdu at another institution will need to repeat thois course at CSU.

Fulfill the Immunizations Requirements
Due by the 1st day of class
MMR required for all students
Meningococcal required for students living in student housing

Complete Important Health Forms
Due by the 1st day of class
Recommended for all students

Fulfill the Health Insurance Requirement
Before the 10th day of class
Required for international students enrolled in any credit level

Consider RamCare
Enroll by the 10th day of class
Recommended for students with private health insurance

For more information about CSU Health Network services or requirements for new students, log on to


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