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Location: SLDL Office
Address: 131 E 10th Street, Claremont CA 91711
Email: international@cgu.edu
Phone: +1 909-607-0434
Summer Office Hours: 

  • Monday - Thursday 8:30AM- 5:00PM
  • Fridays 8:30AM- 3:00PM

Welcome Welcome


Congratulations on your admission to CGU! On this page you will find information relevant to enroll as a new international student at CGU. Please take the time out to review the information provided in the Quick Links section in the navigation bar. Below, you will find four sections: next steps for admitted students; the I-20/ F-1 Visa process; information on the student orientations; as well check-in procedures. If you are interested in applying for a J-1 visa and need a DS-2019 Form, please refer to the J-1 Visa section in the menu bar.

If you plan to attend CGU but have a different immigration status or visa type (i.e. L-2 visa, H1-B visa, etc) other than a student (F-1) or exchange visitor (J-1) visa, please email a copy of your passport and visa page to the International Services staff. If you are applying (or have applied) for permanent residency and have a pending application, please notify the International Services staff of your application status. Please note: CGU does not base admission or enrollment on a student's citizenship or immigration status. However, it is important to know the federal regulations that apply for your situation.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your International Services staff at international@cgu.edu

Next Steps for Admitted Students

Students who plan to apply for an F-1 or J-1 visa should review the Department of Homeland Security's "How to Navigate the US Immigration System" at https://www.ice.gov/sevis/students. This website covers the steps necessary to receive your immigration documents from CGU, the visa application and fees, and travel into the United States. 

Additional resources that are helpful in the visa process include:

  • Study in the States: Your Guide to Studying in the States (link)
  • Visa Application and Fees (link)
  • Visa Wait Times (link)
  • List of US Embassies, Consulates and Diplomatic Missions (link)
  • SEVIS I-901 Fee (link)
  • CGU's International Admitted Student webinar (see below). Topics include the following: process for securing your seat at CGUand visa documents; obtaining your student visa; housing, insurance, etc. For more information on any of the topics discussed, please view the QUICKLINKS section under the navigation bar.


I-20 and Visa Requirements

If you are planning to apply for a student visa (F-1), you will need a Form I-20 document from CGU. CGU's International Services staff will assist you with processing the required I-20 after you have been admitted to a degree program at CGU. The requirements for obtaining an I-20 are listed below:

Tuition Deposit/Intent to Enroll

To begin the I-20 process, you must first submit your program tuition deposit (you should only submit one deposit):

I-20 Required Documents

The following documents should be emailed directly to international@cgu.edu

Affidavit of Financial Support
International students must submit a signed Affidavit of Financial Support form to verify they have the financial means to attend CGU. The Affidavit of Financial Support can be found in the Quick Links section under FORMS.

Financial Statement or Proof
International students must also submit financial proof (e.g. bank document or letter from sponsor) of the statements made on the Affidavit of Financial Support form. The Affidavit of Financial Support form will provide a list of approved types of financial statements.

Copy of Passport
A copy of your passport page is required. If you have dependents, a copy of their passport page is required as well.

SEVIS Transfer Requirements
If you currently have a SEVIS record, you will need your school or university to transfer your current SEVIS record. Please complete the SEVIS Record Transfer In Form and contact your current International Advisor on the steps and information needed. Typically, most schools will require a copy of your admission letter. The SEVIS Record Transfer In form can be found in the Quick Links section under FORMS.

UEMS Eship Global
CGU uses a convenient express mail services that will allow you to pay for and receive your documents through DHL, UPS or FedEx in 5-7 days. THIS IS REQUIRED for all students who want their I-20 shipped. To set up an account, please visit the UEMS Eship Global website. For more information, go to the FORMS section under Quick Links.

If you plan to pick-up your I-20, purchase of the shipment label is not required. Please notify the International Services staff on your shipping or pick-up preference. 

Change of Status
If you are seeking a change of status to an F-1 or J-1, please refer to the Change of Immigration Status form and email the International Students office at international@cgu.edu. The Change of Immigration Status form can be found in Quick Links section under FORMS.

VISA Application

After you receive your I-20 and pay the SEVIS I-901 fee, you may apply for your visa at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate in your home country. You should allow at least one to two months for this process. For more information about this process, visit the U.S. Department of State visa application page.


All-CGU New Student Orientation

All-CGU Orientation is designed to introduce international students to CGU's academic programs, policies, and services. Fall 2020 Orientation is scheduled for Tuesday, August 25, 2020. For more information, click here. If you are arriving for the summer semester, you will be contacted individually with orientation dates.

International Orientation

Upon arrival at CGU, all international students on an F-1 or J-1 visa are required to attend the Fall International Orientation on Thursday, August 27, 2020. You will be given specific information on maintaining your immigration status and advice for adapting to a new culture. Click here to RSVP. 

Specific Program/Department Orientation

Your school- or department orientation will focus more directly on the program you are starting and will also introduce you to department staff, faculty and peers. Typically, most schools will host their orientation during the All-CGU New Student Orientation. Contact your school directly for more information.


SEVIS Check-In

 SEVIS Check-in is mandatory once you arrive to Claremont. Students on an F-1 or J-1 visa are welcome to check-in during Orientation, or schedule a one-on-one appointment with an International Student advisor. To schedule an appointment, please contact international@cgu.edu

Requirements for Check-In

Passport and Visa

All newly attending international students must bring passport, and visa (F or J).


A form used by U.S. Customs and Border Protection intended to keep track of the arrival and departure to/from the United States. Bring a copy of your I-94 to the check-in session. To access your I-94, visit USCIS' website at https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home.

Graduate Medical History Report

This form is available in the FORMS section under Quick Links. 


Student Health Services requires that all new international students undergo screening or provide proof of tuberculosis testing prior to arrival in the United States. For more information on required and recommended immunizations, please visit SHS' website and complete CGU's Medical History Report.

Health Insurance

CGU requires that all international students are covered by an insurance policy. All registered F-1 and J-1 international students are automaticall enrolled in the International Accident and Sickness plan.


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