Claremont Graduate University

Preparing for arrival to Claremont

The below is the fifth in a series of articles for incoming students to the fall 2017 semester at our U.S. partner institutions. This series is intended to help answer any questions students or our recruitment partners may have about what international students need to do to prepare for a smooth transition into their studies in America. We have previously published articles on UNLNJITUMBC and Brandeis IBS.

International students commencing in the fall 2017 semester at Claremont Graduate University (CGU) can expect to be part of a small enrolment and to find themselves in small classes devoted entirely to graduate study, taught by a faculty renowned globally in their field. As students get ready to commence their studies, here are the next steps they need to take to ensure their enrolment and that they are prepared for arrival.

Student visa

International students must enter the U.S, with a valid student visa. To gain this, if they haven’t already, they need to:

  1. Submit the tuition deposit: US$750 for Drucker programs or US$200 for all other programs
  2. Submit the required documents for their I-20 via the MyCGU new students page. These documents are an affidavit of support form, financial documents, a copy of passport, SEVIS transfer request (only applicable to those already studying in the United States), and UEMS eShip Global shipment label.
  3. Schedule their F-1 visa interview at the closest U.S. embassy.
  4. Pay SEVIS I-901 fee.
  5. Hold their visa appointment.


International students at CGU have two housing options:

  1. On campus: On campus housing is very competitive and can fill up quickly. It’s important that students follow the steps and submit their documents as soon as possible to secure their room to [email protected].
  2. Off campus: There are many off-campus accommodation options available and The Claremont Consortium of Colleges, of which CGU is a member, offers a referral service to help students find housing according to their preferences and budget. For more information click here.


CGU holds three mandatory orientation sessions for international students.

  1. New International Student and Scholar Orientation (NISSO): This orientation session provides information specifically tailored for international students commencing at CGU. For Drucker School students, this is on Sunday 20 August. For all other programs, the session runs for three days from Sunday 20 August until Tuesday 22 August. RSVP here.
  2. All-CGU Orientation: This session is designed to introduce international students to CGU’s academic programs, policies and services. It is being held on Thursday 24 August. RSVP here.
  3. Department Orientation: Each department also hosts their own orientation session, typically in conjunction with the All-CGU Orientation. Students need to contact their department directly to receive details about this orientation.

Submission of health documentation

Each international student must complete and submit their graduate medical history form and tuberculosis exam prior to arriving in the United States. They can then scan and email the completed form to [email protected].

Course registration

International students need to contact their department directly to begin their course registration.

Provisional registration hold

If students have a provisional hold on their registration, they need to confirm the official submission of the below-listed documents prior to their arrival. If the documents are not received by the add/drop deadline, the hold will prevent students from registering for the semester’s courses.

  1. Transcripts: If students have a hold for a transcript, they need to review this page to ensure they can provide an official final transcript.
  2. Test Scores: If students need to submit test scores for the TOEFL and GRE, please use the code 4053. CGU’s GMAT school code is DZK-QS-08.
  3. Other: Please email these to [email protected] or send directly to the EduCo School Coordinator [email protected].


CGU encourages all incoming students to confirm the visa process no later than 15 July, and the enrolment process by 31 July. For more information, please contact the CGU School Coordinator at [email protected] or on Skype at ariel.carpenter.cgu.