International Student Orientation

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, De Anza is still accepting F1 applications for Fall 2020 and beyond. Click here for additional special information for fall 2020 applicants.

ISP runs a new student orientation program specifically for new F-1 visa students.  The International Student Orientation is mandatory; you must attend to receive priority enrollment for future quarters.  Admitted F-1 visa students can find out information about registering for orientation, what to expect, and how to prepare below.

The Fall 2020 Orientation will be a virtual orientation scheduled for the week of August 24 – 27: Monday through Thursday. Details on the workshops/live meetings schedule will be posted 2-3 weeks before August 24. Workshops topics: Health Insurance, Immigration Advising, Tuition Payments, Academic Counseling, and much more.

Upcoming Orientation Dates

  • Before You Arrive

  • Spring 2020

    Assessment Information

    You can find information about the assessment in the pre-arrival module or by visiting the Assessment Center website.

    Orientation Dates

    Spring Orientation will be held Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 20. Check-in will be at 9 a.m. on Monday, March 16 in Conference Room B, located in the Campus Center. Below are the schedules for Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17.

    Monday March 16, 2020:
    Time: Activity Location 
    9:00 A.M. Check-In Conference Room B
    9:30 A.M. Message from the ISP Supervisor Conference Room B
    9:45 A.M. ISP Staff introduction Conference Room B
    10:00 A.M. Tuition/ Payment presentation Conference Room B
    10:30 A.M. Campus Tour Meet at Conference Room B
    11:00 A.M. Brunch/ Resource Fair Conference Room B
    12:15-1:30 P.M. Workshop 1 Room location will be given on individual schedule
    1:45 P.M.- 3:00 P.M. Workshop 2 Room location will be given on individual schedule
    3:15 P.M.- 4:30 P.M. Workshop 3 Room location will be given on individual schedule
    Tuesday March 17, 2020:
    Time: Activity: Location:
    9:00 A.M.  Welcome, updates and answer any questions Conference Room B
    9:45 A.M.-11:00 A.M. Workshop 4 Room location will be given on individual schedule
     11:15- A.M.- 12:30  Workshop 5 Room location will be given on individual schedule
     1:15 P.M- 2:30 P.M  Workshop 6 Room location will be given on individual schedule
     2:45 P.M.- 4:00 P.M.  Workshop 7 Room location will be given on individual schedule

    * On Tuesday March 17, lunch will not be provided. You can bring your own lunch or purchase food in the Campus Center.

    *Times and locations are subject to change. Please check back periodically for any changes

    Assessment Dates

    English and Math assessments will be conducted during orientation week from March 17-20. You can sign up for your assessment by logging on to your student status page here. If you are unable to make the assessment during the reserved times for ISP Spring Orientation, please visit the Assessment Center page here to schedule a time to take the assessment. 


    Workshops will cover such topics as immigration rules, campus health services, health insurance, registering for classes, using MyPortal and equity programs on campus. On the first day of orientation, you will receive assignments for days, times and locations of workshops. 

  • Fall 2020

    Orientation & Assessment will be conducted online. Please visit this page in the near future for updates

    Language Arts and Math Assessments

    Completion of the Language Arts and Math assessments are a new student priority enrollment requirement. The completion of assessments is also required if you’re planning to register for any Language Arts (English or ESL) or math courses, or any course that has an English, ESL or math prerequisite. IMPORTANT! Plan to complete the assessment process as soon as possible or you will not be able to register for English, ESL or math courses. Admitted Students have been sent steps to follow to get assessed.

    ISP New registration Module

    This is a very useful tool to learn how to register for classes and what classes new, first time students should be choosing for their first quarter at De Anza. Admitted students have received log in information.

    Academic Counseling

    Our international student’s counselors will help you with any questions specific to course registration and academic advising in general for your first quarter at De Anza College. Students who have already taken their Assessment and completed the ISP New Student Registration Module should attend the counseling sessions via Zoom (program used to hold online meetings and video calls). Admitted students have received Zoom counseling sessions info.

    Course Registration and MyPortal

    You will register for your classes using our online system called MyPortal. All Admitted students will receive a specific date and time to register in an email during first week of July.

Steps to Prepare for Your First Quarter

Follow the steps below and be sure to read the FAQs for Admitted Students.

Fall Registration:  

Friday, July 17 at 8:00AM PST (Pacific Standard Time/California Time Zone)

Click HERE to find out the correct time zone where you live!

Register for classes as soon as possible when your registration date arrives. Classes fill up quickly!  Review the steps below for more information.

  • Step 1: Register for orientation

  • Step 2: Locate your student ID number,  log in to MyPortal

  • Step 3: Begin registering for classes

  • Step 4: Attend orientation and complete assessment

  • Step 5: Submit required documents

Student Handbook

Refer to the International Student Handbook for valuable information on the following topics:

  • Education in the U.S. and at De Anza College
  • Tuition
  • Campus Life and Services
  • Health Insurance
  • Safety on and off campus
  • Employment
  • U.S. Culture
  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Shopping and Dining

Download the Handbook

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