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News & Reminders for Current Students 

Important!!! Are you receiving regular email reminders from the ISP office?  If not, we may not have your current email address. Contact us to update your email today!


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Dates to Remember

Deadlines for Fall Quarter 2016


F-1 visa students are required by U.S. immigration regulations to maintain full-time status while studying in the   United States. At De Anza, full-time attendance means the student must ENROLL AND COMPLETE a minimum of 12 units of coursework each Fall, Winter and Spring Quarter(You are not required to take any classes during summer vacation or winter and spring breaks)


Exceptions to the Full-Time Enrollment Requirement:

Taking less than 12 units each quarter is only permissible for the following reasons upon approval by the International Student Programs:

  • English language difficulties.
  • Unfamiliarity with American teaching methods or reading requirements.
  • Improper course level placement.
  • Valid health/medical reasons.

Come to the ISP office to speak to an immigration advisor if you have questions.



International students can include online courses as part of a full course load. A maximum of 3 units will be counted towards the full course load. For example, if you register for a 5-unit online course, only 3 of the 5 units will be counted towards the required 12-unit load. If you register for a minimum of 12 regular course load, then you can add as many online units as you want above the 12 units.


See Fall 2016 deadlines for add/drop dates.  Keep in mind:

  • No Late Adds or Drops will be accepted. All adds and no show drops must be completed the first two weeks of the 12-week term (or by deadlines in MyPortal for late starting/nonconforming classes).
  • "W" (Withdraw) is now assigned instead of “Grade of no Record” as in past terms.*

*Note: a 'W' is not a grade. Therefore, it doe not count toward your full course load (12 units). Please come to the ISP office to meet with an immigration advisor before dropping any class.


Students who wish to take more than 21.5 units, must petition through the ISP office during the first week of the quarter.  Obtain an add code from the professor and then come to the ISP office.  Petitions will not be considered  before the first day of classes.


If you wish to take a class at another school like Foothill College while you are a full time student at De Anza College, you can do it through Concurrent Enrollment . You must complete the form and have it approved/signed by a counselor in the ISP office before you are allowed to take classes at another institution.


IMPORTANT: You must follow policies/regulations for adding/dropping, paying fees, etc. of the school where you will be taking a class.


The Fall 2016 deadline for international students to pay is October 7th!

  • You can pay online through MyPortal, by mailing a check, or in person at the Cashier (Registration & Student Services Building).  De Anza does not accept wire transfers for payment!

We now have international student academic counselors in the ISP office! Read these guidelines on when to drop in or schedule an appointment. Keep in mind:

  • Drop-in counseling ONLY during the first 2 weeks of Fall Quarter! (No appointments until week 3).
  • You must come into the ISP office to schedule an appointment; no appointments will be made by phone or email).

Health Insurance cards are sent to students quarterly within the first 2 weeks of a new quarter. If you do not receive yours, please send an email to Angelica Strongone with your full name and De Anza ID# to request a copy.


Important note about the health insurance fees: The health insurance fee is NOT automatically refunded if a student drops all classes from De Anza.  It is the students' responsibility to contact the ISP office before the end of your last quarter at De Anza College. Failing to notify the ISP office will mean that you are responsible for health insurance fees charges.


Going outside the US?  Traveling home for break?
You need to submit your I-20 to the ISP office.  Remember there are hundreds of requests for winter & summer break so submit yours early to make sure it's ready in time for your departure date.
1.Complete the F-1 Document Request Form:
2.Submit it with your I-20 to the ISP front desk at least 2 weeks before your trip
3. Bring a PHOTO ID to pick up your I-20



If you decide to leave De Anza College, you must notify the International Student Programs and complete the EXIT Form. ISP staff must transfer or terminate your SEVIS record properly. 


Also, please check MyPortal to make sure you don't have outstanding fees on your account. If you do, be sure to pay your financial responsibility. Accounts left with HOLDS, tuition and/or health insurance outstanding fees will become a problem if you decide to return in the future, request transcripts and/or degrees and it will also affect your personal credit (financial) score in the USA. If you have any questions, be sure to check in with the ISP office staff BEFORE you leave the country.


Upcoming Workshops


See the Workshops & Events page for upcoming workshops



Upcoming University Visits


Representatives from universities come to De Anza College to meet with international students on a one-on-one basis.


Check back for schedule updates as new visits are regularly added to the calendar!


Notre Dame de Namur University

  • Dec 1, 2016 from 10am-12pm in the Dining Hall


San Francisco State University

  • Nov 29, 2016 from 10am to 2pm at the ISP office

Always check the Transfer Center website for additional university visits and transfer fair information!


ISP Office Hours

Monday: 8:30am - 5pm

Tuesday: 8:30am - 5pm

Wednesday: 8:30am - 3pm

Thursday: 8:30am - 5pm

Friday: 8:30am - 1pm

Closed Saturdays & Sundays


Scholarships Opportunity

Go to the Financial Aid Website to search and apply for scholarships!



Address/E-mail/Phone #

Update "MyPortal" as well as complete the ISP Address Form and return to the ISP Office in person: Registration & Student Services Bldg, 2nd Floor.



Social Security Number

You can only get a Social Security Number (SS#) if you find a job on campus first.  Read more HERE.



Did you lose your I-20?

Read procedures here on how to get a replacement.



Tip when Contacting ISP

 If you email ISP staff please be sure to include your full name & De Anza ID# so that we can best help you with your inquiries. You can email any employee @ De Anza/Foothill if you know their last name/first name as:




When you register for classes, you pay $5 for the ECO PASS which allows you to ride VTA buses free for the entire quarter.



Emergency Phone Numbers


From a campus phone: Dial 9-1-1
Dialing “9” before 9-1-1 from campus phones is NOT required


From a cell phone: 408.924.8000


For non-emergencies, call 650.949.7313 or dial extension 7-3-1-3 from campus phones when requiring police assistance


Campus Police Website


Study in the States

Study in the States is an official website of the Department of Homeland Security with lots of information for international students studying in the USA. Check it out!



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

Last Updated: 11/23/16