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Pre Arrival             Information

Orientation Workshops Handouts


Orientation Program

Orientation ProgramAll new F-1 students are REQUIRED to attend the Orientation Program. During the Orientation Program, students will take all necessary placement tests, meet with International Student Counselors, select and register for classes, and take the Counseling 50 (Orientation to College) course.

Summer Intensive ESL Course Orientation

Fall/Winter/Spring Orientation 


Visa Application & Arrival in the U.S.A.

Visa Application & Arrival International students can apply for an F-1 visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate in their country within 90 days counting from the reporting date typed on the Form I-20 and enter the U.S. within 30 days from the reporting date. For example: if the reporting date on the I-20 is September 20, then you can apply for the visa as early as June 20 and enter the U.S. as early as August 20. You will need to pay a SEVIS fee and visa application fee, prepare documents, and be interviewed. If your visa application is approved, the U.S. embassy will place a F-1 visa sticker in your passport. You are now ready to purchase your airline ticket and attend De Anza College.

Placement Tests

Be prepared to take your placement tests on the first day of the orientation at De Anza College. Placement tests in English, ESL (English as a Second Language), Intermediate Algebra, and Calculus.

For placement tests information and samples, go to the following website:

Arriving at a U.S. Port of Entry

To find out what a student can expect upon arrival into the U.S.A., please click on this link:

Prepare for your F-1 Visa Application and Interview

This information is for people who plan on entering the U.S.A for the first time as F-1 visa holders. Click here.

Health Verification

The Health Verification form must be completed by all students and returned to the ISP office with all of the appropriate medical documentation attached upon arrival to De Anza College. Failing to do this by the specific deadlines will result in 'HOLDS' on student accounts which prevents students from register for classes.


  • List of Hotels and local Apartments
  • ISP Homestay Program

    De Anza, like most community colleges, does not have any dormitories for its students. However, De Anza is conveniently located near many private housing choices; check out the list of hotels and local apartments for detailed information on housing.

    International Student Programs also works with an organization called International Student Placements,, that will find homestays with families for our international students. These homestays provide partial meals (breakfasts and dinners) and serve as excellent opportunities for students to learn more about the American culture and improve their English skills. If you prefer to live on your own or with another student, you can also contact the ISP Homestays for apartment living and shared housing.

                       Click HERE for the Homestay quick informational handout.


  • If you would like to find housing/apartments on your own, just type "apartment rentals near De Anza College"  on your search engine.
  • Students also find the De Anza ISP Facebook page useful to connect with other international students in order to find housing accommodations by posting advertisements here. Look us up on Facebook under De Anza ISP and request to become a friend!

Translators in the following languages are available for this service: English, Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Arabic, and Korean.

Contact the ISP office coordinator Angelica Strongone if you have more questions related to housing at

International Student Programs
De Anza College
21250 Stevens Creek BLVD
Cupertino, CA 95014
Tel. (408) 864-8826
Fax. (408) 864-5638

Last Updated: 5/26/16