New Student Orientation

Welcome to CI!  Please attend the orientation for the program you are admitted.  If you are not sure which program you are enrolled, please contact the International Programs at international@csuci.edu.  The orientation from 12:00 pm on Thursday, August 24 is for everyone. 

FALL 2018 *  (The schedule is tentative and may change. Please refer to your admission letter for more detail.)

August 22, 2018  (Wednesday)

  • 10:00 AM for Semester at CI students  (Smith Decision Center)
  • 1:00 PM for MHMK and PSB students  (Smith Decision Center)
  • 3:30 PM shopping trip in Camarillo for all incoming students

August 23, 2018  (Thursday)

  • 10:00 AM for incoming Exchange students  (Smith Decision Center)
  • 3:30 PM for incoming Graduate students  (Sage Hall 2030)

August 24, 2018  (Friday)

  • 10:00 AM for Undergraduate students  (Sage Hall 2030)
  • 12:00 PM Lunch and general campus session for all incoming students (Aliso 150)

SPRING 2019

January 17, 2019 (Thursday) and January 18, 2019 (Friday)

Time and location will be announced in December.

Documents to bring:

Passport
$15.00 cash to pay for student ID (Your account will be charged. Please make sure to submit thepayment before you leave the country.)
Health Insurance Receipt

Visa Information

Admitted students will receive an acceptance packet in the mail from the International Programs office. This will include your Immigration Form I-20/DS2019, which you must use to apply for your F-1/J-1 student visa at the U.S. Consulate/Embassy in the city or country where you are presently living. To locate the U.S. Consulate nearest you, visit the U.S. Department of State website for locations. If you have been accepted by several U.S. colleges or universities, do not apply for your F-1/J-1 student visa until you decide which institution you want to attend. Please only use the CI "I-20/DS-2019" form to apply for a visa and enter the U.S. if you are planning to attend CI.

Visa appointment wait times and processing times vary by country and Consulate. For detailed country by country information on visa wait times, please visit the U.S. Department of State Visa Wait Times website.  The Consulate office website should have the information about the SEVIS fee and visa application fee.  Please make sure to pay both for the appropriate amount and submit the necessary documents in order to obtain your visa. 

For more information on student visas, including application procedures, please visit the U.S. Department of State on Student Visas website. You may also read the pre-departure handbook that was sent to you in your acceptance packet for more information regarding your student visa.

Medical Insurance Agreement

All F-1*/J-1** students with a current I-20/DS-2019 from CSUCI must agree to obtain insurance coverage for health. After admission to CI, students must purchase medical health insurance through the CI designated health insurance company, JCB Insurance Solutions.

*F-1 status students must provide proof of insurance coverage through JCB Insurance Solutions on the day of orientation.
**J-1 status students must provide proof of insurance coverage through JCB Insurance Solutions at least one month prior to program start date.

This health insurance requirement also applies to students while participating in Optional Practical Training or OPT.

Immunizations

Measles and Rubella:

All new and readmitted students born after January 1, 1957 must provide proof of immunization against measles and rubella prior to enrollment. This is usually given in a combination shot called "MMR." Bring your medical documentation (immunization record, medical record, etc.) to the Student Health Center (SHC) and we will verify your immunization and clear any registration holds.

Hepatitis B:

All new students who are 18 years of age or younger at the start of their first term at a CSU campus must provide proof of full immunization against Hepatitis B before enrolling. Full immunization against Hepatitis B consists of three timed doses of vaccine over a minimum 4-6 months. Bring your immunization record to the Student Health Center and we will verify your immunization and clear any registration holds. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in a registration hold.

For more information regarding immunizations, please visit CSU Channel Islands Student Health Center.

Traveling to CI

Home country to California

The nearest international airport to CI is Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). If you are flying in from overseas, you should plan to arrive at LAX. If you are flying to California from inside the United States, you may use either Bob Hope Airport in Burbank (BUR) or LAX.

What to expect at the airport

Upon your arrival, you will go through Immigration and Customs. After disembarking, you will first pass through passport control (Immigration). Have your passport and I-20 ready for inspection. Then, collect your luggage and go through baggage inspection (Customs). This process may take an hour or more depending on how busy the airport is with other flights.

Airport to CI (Camarillo)

CSU Channel Islands cannot provide transportation from the airport. The most efficient and cost-effective way to get to CI from BUR or LAX is an airport shuttle van. Taxi service is also available but is much more expensive and you must have plenty of U.S. cash (minimum $150 US) as they do not all accept credit cards. There is no bus service from LAX to Camarillo. It takes about one hour to reach CI from LAX.

Shuttle Information

The most popular shuttle options are Roadrunner, Super Shuttle and Prime Time Shuttle. To use one of the shuttle companies listed, you should make a reservation ahead of time. You may fax, call them directly or make a reservation online (see phone numbers and online addresses below).

The current fare for one person in a shared shuttle van is approximately $60 - 70 (one way).* The current fare for an exclusive van ride is approximately $125 - 135 (one way).* The fare includes two pieces of luggage per person. Additional baggage and odd size baggage (golf clubs, skis) will incur extra fees. These prices are approximate and not guaranteed. A $5 to $10 gratuity (tip) is very much appreciated by the driver. Please check the websites of each company to find out which credit cards they accept.

*Please note that the prices listed are estimates and are not guaranteed.

For Roadrunner Shuttle reservations:
Tel: +1805-389-8196
Toll free in the U.S.: +1(800) 247-7919
Fax: +1805-389-8198
Website: http://www.rrshuttle.com/index.html

For Super Shuttle reservations:
Tel: +1(800) 258-3826
Website: http://www.supershuttle.com/

For Prime Time Shuttle reservations:
Tel: +1(310) 536-7922
Toll free in the U.S.: +1(800) 733-8267
Fax: +1(310) 536-8870
Website: http://www.primetimeshuttle.com/

Maintaining Student Status

As an F-1 visa student, you must maintain your student status at all times while you are in the United States.  This is extremely important.  Please make sure to review the following information and contact the International Programs to make an appointmtmen wtih an advisor if you have any questions regarding your student visa status.  Maintaining Student Status:   https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/students 

Traveling Overseas and re-entering the United States

Please make sure to come to the International Programs Office to get your I-20 endorsed by your International Advisor.  You can make an appointment before you leave outside of the US if you need assistance regarding your visa, I-20 and passport.