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New Admitted Student FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for New International Students Spring 2024
We understand that you may have many questions about starting your program this spring.
If you have questions about the mode of instruction for the courses you are interested in, the class schedule page provides tips for reading the class schedule format.
International Programs staff will hold virtual pre-departure orientations to prepare students admitted for Spring 2024.
California State University, East Bay COVID-19 Information
Updated September 27, 2024
New F-1 Initial I-20 Students and Travel to the United States
In order to enter the US in F-1 status, you must enroll primarily in in-person/hybrid classes.
Undergraduate students must enroll in at least 12 units and at least 9 units must be in-person/hybrid classes.
Graduate students must enroll in at least 8 units and at least 5 units must be in-person/hybrid classes.
For more information on enrollment requirements, please see our Enrollment Requirements page.
Option 1: Start your program in Spring 2024 taking online classes remotely from outside the U.S.
This means you can start your program online while you are in your home country. You should check the class schedule to determine the times and dates of classes. Some classes may be offered asynchronously, meaning that there are no certain times or dates that you must meet, this is noted in the schedule. There is no minimum unit requirement so you can decide how many classes you want to take. If you decide to begin your program online, please email email@example.com regarding your I-20 options.
Option 2: Reapply for a future term
You may submit another application via CalStateApply for a future term. If you are unable to attend in Spring 2024, you can apply for Fall 2024 or Spring 2025. Please be reminded not all programs accept applications for Spring terms.
See the International Admissions website for International Application periods.
Your submitted documents for Fall 2023 or Spring 2024 may be used for your Fall 2024 or Spring 2025 application. After submitting your new application, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request that your previously submitted documents be used for evaluation for the new term you have applied for.
You do not need to do anything with your F-1 visa. You can enter the U.S. with that F-1 visa when you are ready, and the situation allows you to come to the U.S.
If you begin your program from your home country for Spring 2024, please be sure to contact csueb.I20@csueastbay.edu to request an updated I-20 for your Fall 2024 arrival.
If you reapply for Fall 2024 or another future term, your new I-20 will be processed upon admission.
We recommend that you print out an enrollment verification letter through MyCSUEB, and also print out a copy of your class schedule (which shows when & where the classes are meeting).
Current U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance no longer requires COVID testing before departure and travelers seeking to enter the United States by air are no longer required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States from a foreign country
The Student Health and Counseling Services webpage lists currently required immunizations here.
While no longer required for students, COVID vaccines/boosters are readily available throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. If you would like to get a COVID vaccine, go to myturn.ca.gov to make a COVID-19 vaccine appointment or find a walk-in site near you.
Deferral of Admission
Transferring to Cal State East Bay from an institution in the United States
Prepare for class registration
Submit official documents to the International Admissions Office as follows:
- By Mail: Send to the International Admissions Office, Cal State East Bay, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., SF102, Hayward, CA 94542.
- Electronic Transcripts/Mark Sheets and Degree Certificates: Please email the documents to IAOoffdocuments@csueastbay.edu. The documents must be sent directly from the institution’s registrar’s office or office of examinations. The International Admissions Office reserves the right to verify the sender of these documents before accepting them as official.
- In Person Drop Off: Hand-delivered in a sealed envelope from the institution to Cal State East Bay’s International Admissions Office located in the Student and Faculty Support building on the Hayward Campus in SF102.
Students who will be taking classes from inside the U.S. must maintain adequate health insurance coverage during their period of enrollment in the California State University System. For international students who are enrolled online and are verifiably out of the country, this provision may be waived.
If you plan to pursue study in the U.S. you will need to purchase insurance. If you will be taking online classes from outside the U.S. in Spring 2024 you may request a waiver of the insurance requirement.
Please see our Health Insurance webpage to either enroll in insurance or request a waiver for Spring 2024.
A ‘hold’ for international student health insurance is automatically placed in MyCSUEB for all F-1 students. The international health insurance hold will prevent you from registering for classes in Spring 2024.
Please review the following page to access both the link to purchase, as well as the waiver request form:
After you have accepted your offer of admission and cleared all registration holds and to-do list items:
Undergraduate first-year (freshman) students seeking bachelor degrees can email Sam.Tran@csueastbay.edu for advising and class selection.
Transfer Students please contact your major department for major advising. For GE advising you can contact Sam.Tran@csueastbay.edu
Graduate students seeking master's degrees: Contact your graduate department coordinator for assistance selecting your classes if needed.
Cal State East Bay Tuition and Fees
Tuition and Fees for California State University, East Bay are set by the Board of Trustees of the California State University on an annual basis. Information about tuition and fees can be found https://www.csueastbay.edu/student-financial-services/index.html If you have any questions about tuition and fees, please address them to email@example.com