Welcome New Students
Congratulations on your acceptance and welcome to California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo!
Obtaining a Student Visa Document
Form I-20 (F-1 Students)
After you have been admitted to Cal Poly for a degree program through Admissions or accepted to the VISIT Program, please refer to our I-20 Request page for information on how to request your I-20. The I-20 is used to apply for an F-1 visa to attend school in the USA.
Form DS-2019 (J-1 Exchange Students)
After you are accepted to an exchange program, you will receive an email directing you to complete the Exchange Student DS-2019 Request. The DS-2019 is used to apply for a J-1 exchange student visa. See information on International Exchange Programs for application instructions and what to do after acceptance.
Preparing for Arrival - F-1 and J-1 Visa Students
- Reserve housing early
- U.S. Visa Information
- Mandatory Fall Orientation Program
- International Welcome Ambassador Program
- Travel and Temporary Accommodations
- Mandatory U.S. Health Insurance
- Health Care in the USA
- Campus Health and Wellbeing
- Life in San Luis Obispo
- What to Bring
- Banking in the USA