Center for International Services & Programs

New Student FAQ

What is the International Student population at CSU?

Over 900 international students from over 80 different countries are currently enrolled at Cleveland State University. The countries with the largest enrollment are India, China, Taiwan and Korea.

How do I contact other students of my nationality at Cleveland State University?

There are a number of international student organization representing countries like India, China, and Indonesia. Visit this link for more information

Do you have an ESL Program?

CSU offers an intensive ESL Program that serves both undergraduate and graduate students for who English is not their first language. It consists of placement evaluation and courses. The program aims to improve student English skills and prepare them for academia. For further information visit ESL program website.

Does CSU offer temporary housing for newly arriving students?

CSU offers temporary housing for up to 5 days for free of charge; however a form must be filled out and returned to CISP at least 2 business days prior your arrival. The form (International Student Arrival Form) is available on the following link:

How do I apply for on-campus housing?

To apply for on-campus housing visit the following link:

How do I find off-campus housing?

For information on off-campus housing click here.

How do I find a roommate?

In the case of on-campus housing, if you do not request a specific roommate, you will be assigned a roommate(s) based upon the information you provide on your housing application. Visit the following link for more information:

How do I get a student visa?

After CSU issues you an I-20 or a DS 2019, you need to present it at the US Consulate or Embassy You must also present the original financial documents and your letter of admission. Before going to the US Embassy or Consulate you must pay the SEVIS fee by going to

Is there an orientation for International Students?

The International Student Orientation is mandatory. It is scheduled about 2 weeks before the first day of classes.

How do I get to Cleveland State University?

Find your way to Cleveland State University click here.

When do I register for classes?

You can register for classes after you check-in with the International Center (Main Classroom, Room 106) at Cleveland State University after your arrival.

How do I pay for tution?

You can pay your tution online through your CampusNet account or at Treasury Services located on the 1st floor of the Main Classroom Building (MC 115). More Information about fee payment will be given during orientation and Check-in.

How do I open a bank account?

There are many banks located in the downtown area which are very close to Cleveland State. Click here to access the list. You do not need a Social Security Number to open a bank account.

What is the weather like in Cleveland, Ohio?

During the summer, June through September, the weather is often hot and humid and requires lightweight clothing. The temperature ranges from 70°F (21°C) to above 90°F (above 32°C).

The winter season, late November through March is marked by sudden and extreme weather changes; several days of cold weather may be followed by days of moderate temperatures. The range in winter is between 20°F (-7°C) to 45°F (7°C), and ocassionally the temperature drops to 0°F (-18°C).