Newly Admitted Students

Welcome to new international students who have been admitted to, and are planning to attend San Diego State University to complete a degree program in F1 status. This page is a guide to: 

  • Explain the steps required to obtain an I-20 document
  • Other steps you need to complete specifically as an international student
  • Links to other resources and requirements for all new students intending to enroll at San Diego State University.

Obtaining an I-20

In order to study at San Diego State University in F1 status, you will need a valid I-20 document for the program for which you have been admitted. 

If you:

  • have already received official confirmation that you have been admitted to San Diego State University to begin your degree AND
  • have already submitted your Intent to Enroll

Please take the following steps in order to obtain your I-20 documents:

  1. Log in to my.SDSU
  2. Go to the Tasks tile
  3. Upload the following documents:
    • Current Valid Passport (clear copy of full biographic page)
    • Completed Financial Statement Form - ensure all relevant sections are completed and signed. See example.
    • Supporting financial documents - These must show the minimum amount required as shown on the table in Section B. Click here for guidance on acceptable supporting documentation.

Please allow 7 business days following a complete submission to receive your I-20 via email.  Incomplete documents will need to be resubmitted and this will delay the processing time. Please do not email documents.

Guidance for SEVIS Transfer Students

If you are requesting to transfer your SEVIS record (I-20) from another institution, you will still need to complete the above document submission process. However, you will also need to complete additional steps
  • Complete other Steps to Enroll as indicated by International Admissions
  • Check your SDSU email for updates and important information including details of the International Student Welcome Check In which you will be required to attend.
  • You must purchase the required JCB Health Insurance Policy before the Program Start Date indicated on your I-20.
  • Sign up for the New Student and Parent Programs (NSPP) All Student Orientations
Useful SDSU Resources for New Admitted International Students:
Non-SDSU Resources - visa-related information

If you have further questions about your I-20 document, arrival in the US, SEVIS transfer or international student welcome check in, please email [email protected]

Valuable information for new international students: