The UC San Diego International Center is excited to meet you in person! The International Student Orientation is your first chance to experience all that UC San Diego has to offer you. Orientation provides valuable information to ease your transition to campus and life in the USA.
All new international students in F-1/J-1 status (including transfer students from other U.S. schools) are required to attend a mandatory international student orientation session.
Important note, all undergraduate degree seeking students must attend their College Orientation, in addition to the International Student Orientation. Graduate students are encouraged to attend the Office of Graduate Studies and department orientations. Parents and family members of newly admitted international students are also encouraged and welcome to attend International Parent & Family Orientation
Please visit our Welcome Week Events page to sign up for Winter activities and events.
Note: Check back regularly for updated information as information and locations are subject to change. Students are expected to attend the full orientation. Latecomers will be asked to attend another session. Failure to attend an orientation session may prevent you from registering for courses at UC San Diego.
Meet the International Center staff
The International Student Orientation is mandatory and an additional requirement different from the undergraduate college or graduate department sessions.
F-1 and J-1 students are required to “Check-in” within 15 days of arrival at UC San Diego. By attending Orientation, you will complete the check-in process. We will review the below documents during orientation.
Move-In Information (expand the section, “Make housing arrangements before your arrival”)
Directions: See a map and directions to the International Center
Parking: Parking is strictly enforced. The small parking lot adjacent to the International Center is not intended for visitors' use. The Gilman Parking Structure has metered parking and is located just south of the International Center on Gilman Drive or visit a UC San Diego Visitor Center to purchase an all-day parking permit. For more information, visit the UCSD Transportation and Parking Services website.