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Orientation BannerWinter 2015 New International Student Orientation

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 complete an online Digital Orientation course (more information below) and attend a mandatory international student orientation session. 

Graduate students are encouraged to attend any required Graduate Division and department orientations. 

2015 International Student Orientation Dates, Times, and Locations:

 GROUP Date Time Location

MONDAY, January 5, 2015


Dolores Huerta/Vera Cruz Room

(Student Center A, Rm. 289)

Check back regularly for updated information as scheduling information and locations are subject to change.  Students are expected to attend the international orientation. Failure to attend orientation may prevent you from registering for courses at UC San Diego.

During orientation, you will:

Meet the International Center staff 

  • Review your immigration documents and how to maintain status
  • Receive information about UC San Diego and local community resources
  • Learn about and sign up for welcome events
  • Meet other new international students

The International Student Orientation is mandatory and an additional requirement different from the undergraduate college or graduate department sessions.


There is a separate Online Orientation that is also required. Please see below for more information.

Please note that the material covered during International Student Orientation is mandatory by U.S. immigration law. Therefore, failure to attend International Student Orientation may result in a hold being placed on your UC San Diego registration.

Document Check: What should I bring?

F-1 and J-1 students are required to complete a Document Check within 15 days of arrival at UC San Diego. You may complete this process at Orientation. We will review the below documents:

  • Original passport, with F-1 or J-1 visa stamp
  • UC San Diego I-20 (F-1 students) or DS-2019 (J-1 students)
  • I-94 record - print AFTER arrival into the U.S.
  • If your dependents (children/and or spouse) traveled with you on F-2/J-2 status, bring their documents to orientation

For detailed information, click here.

International Student Digital Orientation:

Beginning fall 2014, all new international students will be required to take the 55-minute International Student Digital Orientation online. The course can be accessed by clicking the banner below. You will be taken to a Single-Sign On (SSO) page where you will enter your PID credentials:

Link to Sign On to International Student Digital Orientation

Since this is not a live webcast/webinar, you may proceed through the Digital Orientation at your own pace. You will be taken to the page where you last left off should you exit the module.

We encourage all students to have this online course completed BEFORE attending the on-campus orientation (January 5). Your progress will be monitored. The final deadline to complete this course is by January 16, 2015. The Digital Orientation does not replace the mandatory on-campus orientation. 

More information:

See a map and directions to the International Center

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.