New Admitted Student FAQ

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for New International Students Spring 2023

We understand that you may have many questions about starting your program this spring.  We are carefully monitoring the situation due to the nature of COVID-19, so this information is subject to change.  As more information becomes available, we will update this page.

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 2023. 

Please also see our orientation page and mandatory immigration check-in information for those who will be in the U.S. in the Spring.

California State University, East Bay COVID Updates


Updated January 17, 2023

New F-1 Initial I-20 Students and Travel to the United States

No. Currently, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) does NOT allow international students to enter the U.S. to pursue fully remote programs. You are permitted to begin your program online overseas.

Yes, if you have the following, you are eligible to enter the USA

  1. A valid passport
  2. A valid F-1 visa
  3. An Initial I-20 from CSUEB for Spring 2023
  4. Are enrolled full time (12 units for undergraduate and 8 units for graduate) and at least 1 class is in-person or hybrid. The in-person/hybrid class must count towards your degree requirements and you must remain enrolled in the class for the duration of Spring 2023 semester.  

If you have any questions regarding classes, please contact your major (department) advisor.

Option 1: Start your program in Spring 2023 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 Fall 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 regarding your I-20 options.

Option 2: Reapply for a future term

You may submit another application via CalStateApply for Fall 2023. 

See the International Admissions website for International Application periods.

Your submitted documents for Fall 2022 or Spring 2023 may be used for your Spring or Fall 2023 application. After submitting your new application, please email 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 2023, please be sure to contact to request an updated I-20 for the Fall 2023 arrival.

If you will reapply for Fall 2023, 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).

We understand that there continues to be many hurdles for students in obtaining F-1 student visas due to challenges beyond anyone’s control.  Students are expected to arrive in the United States prior to January 17, 2023.  Arrival beyond that date is at the discretion of the U.S. Custom and Border Protection. Students are strongly discouraged from trying to enter the US after January 30th, 2023.  If you are planning to arrive in the US after Jan 17th, we recommend that you contact your professors for permission and that you print and carry this letter with you.
No, the date listed on your I-20 is the date that CSUEB has reported as the official start date of our semester.  You are expected to officially be enrolled on this date and actively participating in online components of your classes.

Air Travel to the US

Entry restrictions for air travel are changing as effective 12:01am (EST) November 8, 2021.

Vaccination Requirement for Air Travel Entry to the US Entry November 8th or Later
The Presidential Proclamation Advancing Safe Resumption of Global Travel ends previous geographic travel restrictions effective November 8, 2021 and adds a global vaccination requirement for all adult foreign national travelers. Full details about the announcement can be found on the CDC and Department of State websites. Starting on November 8, non-citizen, non-immigrant air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to fly to the U.S.

Proof of Vaccination:
Proof of vaccination will be required for nonimmigrants– with very limited exceptions. Passengers will need to show their vaccination status, and the airlines will need to:

  • Match the name and date of birth to confirm the passenger is the same person reflected on the proof of vaccination;

  • Determine that the record was issued by an official source (e.g., public health agency, government agency) in the country where the vaccine was given;

  • Review the essential information for determining if the passenger meets CDC’s definition for fully vaccinated such as vaccine product, number of vaccine doses received, date(s) of administration, site (e.g., vaccination clinic, health care facility) of vaccination.

Accepted Vaccines:

  • The CDC has determined that for purposes of travel to the United States, vaccines accepted will include FDA approved or authorized and World Health Organization (WHO) emergency use listed (EUL) vaccines.

  • You can find the list of acceptable vaccines on the CDC Travel Vaccination requirements page and additional travel and vaccine information on the CDC Air Travel page

Limited Exceptions from the Vaccination Requirement:

  • There are a very limited set of exceptions from the vaccination requirement for foreign nationals. These include exceptions for children under 18, those who are traveling on non-tourist visas from countries with low-vaccine availability (as determined by the CDC), certain COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial participants, those with medical contraindications to the vaccines, those who need to travel for emergency or humanitarian reasons (with a US government-issued letter affirming the urgent need to travel), and other very narrow categories.

  • Those who receive an exception will generally be required to attest they will comply with applicable public health requirements, including testing and quarantine, and with very limited exceptions, a requirement that they be vaccinated in the U.S. if they intend to stay here for more than 60 days.


CDC recommends a COVID vaccine before travel to the USA. 

The Student Health and Counseling Services webpage lists currently required immunizations here.  

The California State University system has also announced that it will require faculty, staff and students who are accessing campus facilities at any university location to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Anyone who plans to be at the Hayward, Concord or Oakland Center campuses must be vaccinated or have a valid exemption. To allow time to become fully vaccinated or to request an exemption, the effective date of this requirement at Cal State East Bay will be September 15, 2021. Please see the Return to campus/COVID-19 information website for more information and, if you are fully vaccinated, please attest your vaccine as soon as possible as new students for Fall 2022 will have a registration hold placed on their account until you complete the attestation of your vaccine status.

The COVID-19 vaccination requirement will allow for students to seek an exemption based on medical or religious grounds. 

Vaccines are now readily available throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and are free to all.  Our COVID-19 Vaccine webpage has information on how to get vaccines.  


Deferral of Admission

While we do not normally permit deferrals, we have been authorized to make an exception this year.  New international students who have been admitted to CSUEB this Spring 2023 may request to defer their admissions to Fall 2023.  Approval for deferral will be based on department permissions and also you meeting our firm deadline of January 16, 2023 at 17:00 California time.  If you fail to meet this deadline you will be required to reapply for consideration for future terms and there is no guarantee that your admission will be assured. 
The only way you can be considered for deferral is through this form (which is now closed).  

If you miss the January 16 deadline (or your department does not allow admission deferrals) and you wish to attend a future term, you will need to reapply to CSUEB.  If you reapply, there is no guarantee that you will be readmitted.  If you are a graduate student, permission to defer to a later term requires additional permission from your graduate department. Once you submit the deferral request, the International Admissions Office will consult with your graduate department to determine your eligibility. 

The Fall 2023 application is open now in CalStateApply.  See the International Admissions website for International Application periods.  Your submitted documents for Spring 2023 may be used for your Fall 2023 application. After submitting your new application, please email to to notify us after you have submitted a new application and request that your previously submitted documents be used for evaluation for the new term.

New international students who have been admitted to CSUEB this Spring may request to defer their admission to to Fall 2023.  Please note that some graduate departments may not be able to permit the automatic deferral, but our International Admissions team will guide you through the options if that is the case. 
In January, a representative from the Center for International Education (CIE) will reach out to you to explain the process.  If you received an F-1 student visa using your current I-20, you will not need to obtain another visa.  

Transferring to Cal State East Bay from an institution in the United States.

Yes. If you plan to pursue study in the U.S., you must receive a transfer pending I-20 from Cal State East Bay and enroll in at least 12 units for undergraduates or 8 units for graduate students at Cal State East Bay.

Please note the Important Dates page for information regarding payment deadlines.

Before you transfer your SEVIS record to CSUEB, please confirm you are able to enroll in at least 1 in-person or hybrid class. Please contact for any questions relating to your transfer I-20.

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 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. 
Your provisional admission will not be cleared until you meet all university requirements.  

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 during the COVID 19 pandemic and are verifiably out of the country, this provision may be waived.

Please see our Health Insurance webpage to either enroll in insurance or request a waiver for Spring 2023.

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 2023.    

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 2023 you may request a waiver of the insurance requirement.

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 for advising and class selection.

Transfer Students please contact your major department for major advising. For GE advising you can contact

Graduate students seeking master's degrees: Contact your graduate department coordinator for assistance selecting your classes.

First Time Freshman have a minimum unit requirement. Please contact for more information. There is no required minimum number of units for graduate students or upper division transfers. Cal State East Bay Registrar’s Office allows both undergraduate and graduate students to register up to 18 units. Special permission is required, if you want to register for more than 18 units.Some graduate departments have limits during the open enrollment period, please contact your graduate department for more information.

Employment Eligibility


You have to complete 2 consecutive semesters as a full time student in F-1 status (inside the USA) to be eligible for any off campus employment opportunities such as CPT or OPT.

CPT Information

OPT Information 

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  If you have any questions about tuition and fees, please address them to