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Summer 2015 Post Acceptance Checklist for Initial Students (First time U.S. attendance)
  • Select a shipping method:  a.) If you want to receive your I-20 and acceptance letter by an Express mail shipping service with a tracking number, please create an account and pay at E-Ship Global. With this service you will receive your documents within 3-5 business days. b.) If you want us to send your documents by regular postal mail delivery with no tracking please email us at occinternational@cccd.edu with regular shipping in the subject line.

  • Register for classes as soon as registration begins (a minimum of 12 units for fall and spring semesters.  Six units for summer semester) using the included MyOCC login information you have received by email.  Refer to the MyOCC reference guide and the first semester Course Selection Guide.  As an international student, you should not pay for your classes until you arrive in the U.S.  Please note you will not be able to register for any math or English/ESL courses until you arrive and complete the placement test.  Upon arrival you will meet with an Academic Counselor to discuss your educational goals and can make changes to your schedule if necessary and if the classes are available. If you wait to enroll you may find your desired classes are not available. All F-1 Students must enroll in, and complete 12 units in fall and spring semesters to maintain their immigration status.

     

  • Check your I-20 to verify that your name, date of birth, and start and end dates etc… are correct.  Please contact us at occinternational@cccd.edu if you find errors.

     

  • Sign your I-20.  If you are under 18 your parent or guardian should also sign the I-20.

     

  • Pay the SEVIS Fee and print the I-901 fee receipt at www.fmjfee.com. (You will need it for your visa appointment and to travel to the U.S.)

     

  • Apply for a visa at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy that has jurisdiction over where you live, you can find out more information and instructions on what to bring at www.usembassy.gov.

     

  • Once you receive your visa, please check that you have received an F-1 visa and that your name, date of birth, district and school etc… are correct.  If you find errors, contact the embassy or consulate.

     

  • After you have received your visa, buy health insurance from http://www.renstudent.com/Students.  Use the pull down menu to choose Orange Coast College and the year.  This insurance is mandatory except for certain sponsored students who can provide a financial guarantee from the cultural mission of his or her country.  

  • Arrange to travel to the U.S. and arrive no later than the report date listed in item 5 of your I-20.  You may not arrive more than 30 days before that date.

     

  • Reserve your hotel (if needed) and obtain housing.  Housing information is on our housing and homestay webpage.

     

  • On the day of travel to the U.S. you should carry, with you, on your person (not in your luggage) your I-20, I-901 fee receipt, Valid F-1 Visa, Valid Passport with at least 6 months left until expiration, and your Financial Support Documents.

     

  • Report to the OCC International Center the next business day after you arrive (Map). We are located on the fourth floor of Watson Hall near parking Lot A.  Bring your passport, I-20 & I-94 printed from https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/ (if needed you may use our computer).  Be prepared to pay your tuition fees when you report to our office.  We will schedule you for the placement test, counseling, and orientation appointments.

     

  • Print your Student Class Program (Web Schedule Bill) from MyOCC.  Take this to the Photo ID desk on the first floor of Watson Hall to apply for your OCC ID card.

     

  • Arrive early on your scheduled test day.  Please make sure to bring your passport and your appointment slip to the test.  Please note no calculators are allowed.  Once you have completed the test please pick up your test results from the International Center on the fourth floor of Watson Hall.

     

  • Do not miss or be late to your counseling appointment on the third floor (bring your test results with you).  If you miss your appointment, you may not be able to schedule another until after classes begin.

     

  • You must attend the mandatory orientation at OCC June 9, 2015- 8:30am to satisfy the requirements of your visa.  Lunch will be provided. It is recommended that you locate all of your classrooms before the first day of classes (Map).

     

  • If you need to park on campus, you may purchase a parking permit using your MyOCC account (See the MyOCC reference guide).  You will be sent a permanent permit in the mail but you must print out a temporary permit from MyOCC and place it on the dashboard of your car to avoid a parking citation.  You may park in student lots for the first two weeks of the semester without a permit.

     

  • Arrive at least one hour before your first class meeting because the campus and parking lots will be very crowded and it will take extra time to find parking and get to class.

     

  • If you are taking an online or hybrid class, make sure you email the professor the first week of class and participate in the class’s online Blackboard system.  For more information. You will be dropped if you do not participate.  Beware of deadlines!

     

  • If you are enrolled in an exercise class in the fitness center, make sure you attend the mandatory fitness center orientation. The schedule is posted on the fitness center door. You will be dropped if you do not attend.

     

  • Go to the Computing Center to obtain a login and Wi-Fi password so that you can use the computer labs and Wi-Fi on campus.