International & Exchange Students

To properly welcome you to California College of the Arts and to ensure you have a successful start, all new international students take part in the international student orientation.

View Orientation Schedule »

This is a chance to meet key faculty and staff who are here to support you. More importantly you will have an opportunity to connect with other students.

International orientation provides specific information about:

  • F-1 and J-1 regulations (including on- and off-campus employment regulations)
  • health insurance
  • counseling
  • academic advising
  • learning resources
  • campus technology
  • and additional resources for how to best adjust to life in the United States -- at CCA and the larger Bay Area

7 Steps to Prepare for Orientation

Step 1. Save New Student Orientation Dates

Residence Halls Move-In Day 
Saturday, August 25
Oakland & San Francisco
Specific check-in times will be sent out to students with their housing confirmation. 

Further information can be found on the housing page.

International Student Orientation (undergraduate students)
Monday, August 27
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Timken Hall, San Francisco campus
Check-In @ 8:15 a.m.

International Student Orientation (graduate students)
Tuesday, August 28
8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Nave Alcove, San Francisco campus
Check-In @ 8 a.m.


(Note: US federal regulations require all F-1 or J-1 visa students attend.) Be sure to bring your passport with visa and I-20 or DS-2019.

CCA New Student Orientation
First year undergraduates: Tuesday-Friday, August 28 - 31 
Transfer and second degree undergraduates: Tuesday-Wednesday, August 28-29
Graduate students: Tuesday, August 27

Times and Location can be found at New Student Orientation.

(This orientation is required of all new CCA students.)

Step 2. Activate CCA E-mail Account

Once you have your CCA ID number, set up your CCA e-mail address. Contact Educational Technology Services to assist you, if needed.

Once your account is activated, you need to wait 24 hours before your new username and password will work in WebAdvisor.

E-mail Account Activation

Step 3. Access WebAdvisor for Course Schedule & Registration Details

With your CCA e-mail activated, you will now have full access to WebAdvisor, a web-based tool that allows you to review your academic and financial information, search for classes, and update your address.

Step 4. Complete the Airport Information Form

Use the Airport information Form to inform us of your arrival, so we can meet you at the airport or best assist you in getting around the Bay Area!

Step 5. Sign up for our Mentorship Program!

Are you interested in connecting with current students at CCA? Would you like to know more about CCA culture and your Major before you even arrive?  Sign up to be paired with a CCA Mentor! Fill in our CCA Meet a Mentor Form to become a Mentee!

Step 6. Prepare to Participate in Student Exhibitions

In Fall 2018, the ISAP office will host an exhibition to showcase the work of all international students to the CCA community. You will be invited to participate, so plan ahead and bring work with you!

Step 7. Research Immunization & Vaccine Information

CCA does not currently require students to present proof of immunizations. However, the college encourages students to consult with their medical professional about which vaccines are best for them. Further information about immunizations are discussed on the access & wellness section of the CCA website.

Additional information:

International student orientation:
CCA new student orientation:
CCA Residential Life & Housing: