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Getting Started

International Student Services

» Getting Started

Congratulations on your decision to attend Chapman! This section provides information on what you need to know before you arrive at Chapman. We look forward to meeting you at International Student Orientation!


Visa StepsVisa

Your first step in preparing to study in the United States is to get your visa. On this page, you will get step-by-step instructions on either:

  • Applying for your F-1 visa
  • Transferring your SEVIS to Chapman

Visit Visa Steps >>

Arriving in the United States

Learn what you need to do to plan for arriving in the U.S., including securing airport transportation to Chapman.

Arrival in the United States

Cars driving from the airport

Airport Transportation

International Student and Family Orientation
At this event, you will learn about Chapman's programs and services, and our policies and procedures regarding immigration regulations, employment opportunities, and more.

Living in Orange County

The following resource pages will help you get settled in your new home.

Housing Resources

The following resource pages will help apply for on-campus housing or find off-campus accommodation.

Welcome from President Daniele C. Struppa
“When you arrive at Chapman, I want you to know that you will find a community open to your arrival, eager to know you, to learn from you, and to teach you.”

Connect with a Current Chapman Student

Feel free to reach out and ask anything about studying at Chapman or living in Southern California. Selected students are below, but you can also visit our Ask a Student page you can search students by major or country.

International Student Services provides general guidance. Any advice provided to you by the ISS should not be construed as legal advice.

Additionally, due to the fluid nature of governmental interpretation, government agencies such as USCIS/ICE/CBP may change their interpretation of immigration laws/regulations and eligibility requirements for benefits at any time. We will do our best to provide the most current guidance.

Each case is fact-specific and it is advised that you contact an experienced immigration attorney if you have questions regarding your situation.


Contact ISS

Visit our contact page to email us, call us or make an appointment with a team member.

Study in the States Guide

Check out this Study in the States Guide from the U.S. government regarding visas, arrival, and laws.