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INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CENTER

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CENTER

Forms for International Students

Complete the online request form or if PDF version, email completed form to iscreception@sdsu.edu. Processing time is 7 business days. Please account for an additional 7 business days after processing for express shipping and 14 business days for standard shipping for documents that will be mailed to you.

  • Application for Reduced Course Load (ARCL)
    For information on ARCL, please review this webpage. All international students must maintain a full course load each semester, with some exceptions. Use this form to apply for a reduced course load by Friday of the second week of classes.
    • For Exchange Students 
      International exchange students must present evidence of sufficient funds available to meet financial obligations at SDSU. Your DS-2019 form for obtaining a student visa will be issued after this form is received and approved by SDSU Office of Admissions. (Note: if family members will accompany you, additional financial support is required.)
    • For Graduate Students on Thesis/Comprehensive Exam 
      Use this form if you are an international graduate student applying for an I-20 extension and will only be enrolled in thesis/comprehensive exams along with supporting financial documents to provide evidence of funding for one semester.
    • For International Students Commuting from Mexico 
      All admitted international students commuting from Mexico and requiring an F-3 student visa must submit this form and supporting financial documents to provide evidence of funding for one academic year. An I-20 will be issued AFTER financial documents are approved by the SDSU Office of Admissions.
  • I-20 Document Request Form - Other
    Use this form to request one of the I-20 documents listed below. Required supporting documents are listed beneath each I-20 request: 
    • Add Dependent:
      • Passport Copy of Dependent(s)
      • Copy of Financial Documentation
    • Change of Status:
      • Copy of Current Visa
      • Copy of Financial Documentation
    • Change of Level:
      • Copy of Acceptance Letter or Email
      • Copy of Financial Documentation
    • Change of Country of Citizenship:
      • Copy of New Passport
  • I-20 Extension Request Form
    Use this form if your I-20 is expiring and you need to request an extension. This form is not for students applying for the 24-Month OPT STEM Extension.
  • J-1 Academic Training Record Form
    For information on J-1 Academic Training, please review this webpage. Use this form to apply for Academic Training as a J-1 student, along with your department's recommendation, to the ISC advisor with whom you are working with.
  • Letter Request Form
    Use this form to request an:
    • Authorization to Take Additional Courses Outside of SDSU: This letter is often required by the school outside of SDSU that you are requesting to take classes in. The letter certifies that the ISC authorizes you to take classes at another school. During the academic year, your registration at SDSU and the school will equal 12 or more units. In addition, at least 9 units at SDSU must be lecture and/or hybrid courses. PLEASE NOTE: If you are sponsored by the Kuwait Cultural Office, please complete the Kuwait Cultural Office: Off-Campus Course Request.
    • Authorization to Take Additional Courses Outside of SDSU during OPT Period.
    • International Student Status Verification Letter: This letter certifies that you are an F-1 or J-1 student attending SDSU. Your date of birth, citizenship, major, and the number of units currently enrolled will be included. Note: No alterations will be made to the standard format of this letter.
    • F-1 Student On-Campus Employment Verification Letter: This letter certifies that you are an F-1 or J-1 student attending SDSU and that you may work up to 20 hours per week on campus. This form is only required if a campus employer asks for verification that you are allowed to work on campus.
    • Other letter: Describe, in detail, the nature of your letter. It will be reviewed and evaluated to determine if the office can assist you with your request.
  • Letter to Sponsor Request Form
    Complete this form if you are a sponsored student from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, or UAE and need a letter for your scholarship.
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT) Note for I-765 Application
    Include this note with your I-765 application to USCIS for Pre-Completion OPT, Post-Completion OPT, and the OPT STEM 24-Month Extension. You can print this form and complete with a black pen, or find a website or app to convert the PDF to a fillable form.
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT) Update Form
    All students on OPT and the OPT STEM Extension should use this form to report a change in email address, physical address, or phone number to the ISC. In addition, students on the OPT STEM Extension should use this form to report their 6-month participation, submit annual evaluations, submit change of employer information, and submit an updated I-983 with material changes. This form should be completed within 10 days of the change. 
  • Release of Information to Sponsor
    Use this form if you are an international sponsored student authorizing the ISC to provide academic and other information to your sponsoring agency, parent, or other sponsor.
  • Social Security Verification Form
    This form certifies that you are an F-1 or J-1 student attending San Diego State University and that you have been offered on-campus employment. This form must be signed by the ISC before you apply for a Social Security Number.
  • Transfer Out Request Form 
    Use this form to transfer your SEVIS record to another U.S. school. You will need to submit an acceptance letter from the new school. Students who have not graduated from SDSU must also make an appointment with an ISC advisor. To make an appointment, please contact us.
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