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Academic Workshops

STEPS TO SUCCESS: Learn at Lunch!

Join us for the Steps to Success discussion each Friday from 12-1:00pm. Identify issues that may contribute to academic difficulties. Meet with other international students, UCSD advisors and counselors and eat a free lunch at the International Center Friday Café! 

Discussion topics will include:

  • Learn how to succeed at UCSD
  • Improve your time management & study skills
  • Learn to deal with stress
  • Understand how social norms may affect your academic effectiveness 

For a weekly Friday Café menu list, please visit http://icafe.ucsd.edu/cafe/. Discussions will take place over a delicious meal, free to workshop participants.

 We look forward to seeing you at the Steps to Success: Learn at Lunch!


Steps to Success: Learn to Succeed at UCSD

Friday, February 3, 2012
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. (meet at line for food at 11:50 a.m.)
International Center - Oceanids Pavilion

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Steps to Success: Time Management and Study Skills

Friday, February 10, 2012
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. (meet at line for food at 11:50 a.m.)
International Center - Oceanids Pavilion

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Steps to Success: Dealing with Stress

Friday, February 17, 2012
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. (meet at line for food at 11:50 a.m.)
International Center - Oceanids Pavilion

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Steps to Success: Social Norms and Academic Effectiveness

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. (meet at line for food at 11:50 a.m.)
International Center - Oceanids Pavilion

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Employment Workshops

F-1 Employment Before Graduation

Monday, March 12, 2012
3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
International Center Lounge

Register for this workshop

Are you an F-1 student interested in  working off-campus while enrolled in classes? Learn how to gain employment authorization for off-campus  employment related to your field of study while you are still a student  at UC San Diego. The workshop  will cover the application process and forms for Curricular Practical Training  (CPT) and pre-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT). NOTE: For F-1 students only.


J-1 Off-Campus Employment

Tuesday, March 14
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
International Center Lounge

Register for this workshop

Are you a J-1 student interested in working off-campus? Learn how to gain employment authorization for  off-campus employment related to your field of study either while you are still  a student at UCSD or when you complete your program at UCSD. The workshop will  cover the application process and forms for Academic Training. NOTE:  For J-1 students only.


F-1 Employment After Graduation

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Career Services Center - Round Room

Register for this workshop

Are you an F-1 student interested in  working after you graduate? Learn how to gain employment authorization for on-campus or off-campus  employment related to your field of study when you complete your program at UC San Diego. The workshop  will cover the application process and forms for post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT). NOTE: For F-1 students only.

  • Information Sheet
  • Workshop Presentation
  • OPT Tutorial: PDF
  • OPT Tutorial: PowerPoint (After you click on the attachment and open the program, press F5 button on your keyboard to activiate the "slideshow" if it doesn't open automatically. You must use the slideshow feature to enable the interactive functions You can quit the program anytime by pressing the "Esc" button in the upper left corner of your keyboard.)




J-1 Off-Campus Employment

Thursday, April 12, 2012
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
International Center

Register for this workshop

Are you a J-1 student interested in working off-campus? Learn how to gain employment authorization for  off-campus employment related to your field of study either while you are still  a student at UCSD or when you complete your program at UCSD. The workshop will  cover the application process and forms for Academic Training. NOTE:  For J-1 students only.




F-1 Employment Before Graduation (for UNDERGRADUATE Students)

Friday, April 13, 2012
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Career Services Center - Round Room

Register for this workshop

Are you an F-1 student interested in  working off-campus while enrolled in classes? Learn how to gain employment authorization for off-campus  employment related to your field of study while you are still a student  at UC San Diego. The workshop  will cover the application process and forms for Curricular Practical Training  (CPT) and pre-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT). NOTE: For F-1 students only.





F-1 Employment Before Graduation

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Jacobs Hall - EBU1, Room 2512 (Henry Booker Conference Suite)

Register for this workshop

Are you an F-1 student interested in  working off-campus while enrolled in classes? Learn how to gain employment authorization for off-campus  employment related to your field of study while you are still a student  at UC San Diego. The workshop  will cover the application process and forms for Curricular Practical Training  (CPT) and pre-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT). NOTE: For F-1 students only.



F-1 Employment After Graduation

Thursday, April 19, 2012
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Career Services Center - West Conference Room

Register for this workshop

Are you an F-1 student interested in  working after you graduate? Learn how to gain employment authorization for on-campus or off-campus  employment related to your field of study when you complete your program at UC San Diego. The workshop  will cover the application process and forms for post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT). NOTE: For F-1 students only.

  • Information Sheet
  • Workshop Presentation
  • OPT Tutorial: PDF
  • OPT Tutorial: PowerPoint (After you click on the attachment and open the program, press F5 button on your keyboard to activiate the "slideshow" if it doesn't open automatically. You must use the slideshow feature to enable the interactive functions You can quit the program anytime by pressing the "Esc" button in the upper left corner of your keyboard.)





F-1 Employment Before Graduation (for GRADUATE Students)


Wednesday, May 2, 2012
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
International Center

Register for this workshop

Are you an F-1 student interested in  working off-campus while enrolled in classes? Learn how to gain employment authorization for off-campus  employment related to your field of study while you are still a student  at UC San Diego. The workshop  will cover the application process and forms for Curricular Practical Training  (CPT) and pre-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT). NOTE: For F-1 students only.






F-1 Employment After Graduation

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
International Center

Register for this workshop

Are you an F-1 student interested in  working after you graduate? Learn how to gain employment authorization for on-campus or off-campus  employment related to your field of study when you complete your program at UC San Diego. The workshop  will cover the application process and forms for post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT). NOTE: For F-1 students only.

  • Information Sheet
  • Workshop Presentation
  • OPT Tutorial: PDF
  • OPT Tutorial: PowerPoint (After you click on the attachment and open the program, press F5 button on your keyboard to activiate the "slideshow" if it doesn't open automatically. You must use the slideshow feature to enable the interactive functions You can quit the program anytime by pressing the "Esc" button in the upper left corner of your keyboard.)




May 11, 2012: CPT PARTY FOR F-1 STUDENTS

Friday, May 11, 2012
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
International Center Lounge

Do you have a summer internship/employment opportunity and need to apply for CPT?  Come to the International Center on Friday, May 11 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm and have your CPT documents reviewed by an advisor.  By coming to the CPT party instead of submitting the documents to the front desk, you have the advantage of having your paperwork reviewed immediately and any questions addressed directly.

Please review all the necessary information and come to the CPT Review Session prepared:

CPT approvals take 10 business days for completion.

If you are unable to come to the CPT party, you can submit your documents to the front desk Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.



J-1 Off Campus Employment

Monday, May 14, 2012
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Career Services Center - Round Room

Register for this workshop

Are you a J-1 student interested in working off-campus? Learn how to gain employment authorization for  off-campus employment related to your field of study either while you are still  a student at UCSD or when you complete your program at UCSD. The workshop will  cover the application process and forms for Academic Training. NOTE:  For J-1 students only.






F-1 Employment After Graduation

Monday, May 21, 2012
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Career Services Center - West Conference Room

Register for this workshop

Are you an F-1 student interested in  working after you graduate? Learn how to gain employment authorization for on-campus or off-campus  employment related to your field of study when you complete your program at UC San Diego. The workshop  will cover the application process and forms for post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT). NOTE: For F-1 students only.

  • Information Sheet
  • Workshop Presentation
  • OPT Tutorial: PDF
  • OPT Tutorial: PowerPoint (After you click on the attachment and open the program, press F5 button on your keyboard to activiate the "slideshow" if it doesn't open automatically. You must use the slideshow feature to enable the interactive functions You can quit the program anytime by pressing the "Esc" button in the upper left corner of your keyboard.)





J-1 Off-Campus Employment

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Career Services Center - West Conference Room

Register for this workshop

Are you a J-1 student interested in working off-campus? Learn how to gain employment authorization for  off-campus employment related to your field of study either while you are still  a student at UCSD or when you complete your program at UCSD. The workshop will  cover the application process and forms for Academic Training.

NOTE:  For J-1 students only. You should be identified as a student in #4 of your SEVIS form DS-2019.


  

Post-Completion OPT Webinar

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
11 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
This is a webinar, so you will participate using your own computer.

Are you an F-1 student interested in working after you graduate? Learn how to gain employment authorization for on-campus or off-campus employment related to your field of study when you complete your program at UC San Diego. The webinar will cover the application process and forms for post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT).

NOTE: For F-1 students only.

Register here: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/330859222

For more information about Practical Training, please visit http://icenter.ucsd.edu/ispo/current/f-1/index.html



Wellness Workshops

International Summit

Date: Every Friday during the quarter
Time: 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
Location: International Center Oceanids Pavilion
Cost: FREE including lunch from the International Cafe

"International Summit" provides a safe and inviting space for international graduate students to talk openly about some of the specific challenges they might be facing in their graduate school career.

The topics for discussions are open-ended, and guided by the participants' needs. Bring your ideas and come to meet other grad students, network, share survival tips, and relax in a friendly
atmosphere.

There is no obligation or sign-up to join the group — any international grad student is welcome to join whenever they want.

Group participants also have an added bonus — a free International Café lunch!

Tax Workshops

No RSVP is necessary. Please print and bring any forms and/or publications you need and would like to discuss. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis, so early arrival is recommended.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to an IRS scheduling conflict, the workshops have been postponed from their original dates; new dates have been posted below.


Federal Tax Workshop

Presented by: Internal Revenue Service (IRS) representatives and San Diego State University faculty member explaining GLACIER Tax Prep (formerly CINTAX)

Date: Thursday, March 15
Time: 12:00-2:00 pm
Location: International Center Lounge

2011 Workshop Presentation


State Tax Workshop

Presented by representatives from the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB)

Date: Monday, March 19, 2012
Time: 12:30 - 2:30pm
Location: International Center Dining Room

2011 Workshop Presentation


Please note that International Center advisors are not authorized to offer tax advice. For support in completing your tax filings, please use the resources on our website.

Contact Us

International Students & Programs Office (ISPO)
Phone: (858) 534-3730
Email: Visit our Contact Us page

Monday through Friday
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Advising Hours for International Students

Appointments are offered at 30-minute increments:
Mondays, Wednesdays - Fridays: 10 a.m. – 12 Noon; 1 p.m. – 3 p.m

To schedule an appointment, call (858) 534-3730

Walk-In Advising (no appointment needed) at 15-minute increments:
Mondays, Wednesdays - Fridays: 10 a.m. – 12 Noon; 1 p.m. – 3 p.m

Wait times may vary for walk-in advising