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Orientation BannerFall 2014 Orientation for New International Students

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. 

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

2014 International Student Orientation Dates, Times, and Locations:

 GROUP Date Time Location

MONDAY, September 22nd

8am - 1pm

Mandeville Auditorium

Graduate Students

MONDAY, September 22nd

1pm - 6pm

Mandeville Auditorium

Transfer Students

TUESDAY, September 23rd

8am - 1pm

Mandeville Auditorium

EAP/ Reciprocity
Exchange Students

TUESDAY, September 23rd

8am - 1pm

Mandeville Auditorium


TUESDAY, September 23rd

1pm - 8pm Sun God Lawn

*Those with mandatory college orientations that conflict with the Tuesday afternoon schedule may be excused from this event.

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

How to sign up for orientation:

Sign on to Register for the In-Person Orientation below. There will be a separate Online Orientation that will also be required. More information and details will be sent soon.

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.

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.

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 the Welcome Lounge. 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.

Welcome Lounge

The International Center will host a Welcome Lounge for all new students. Resources and information will be available for UC San Diego, the city of San Diego, Banking, Driver's License, and local tourist destinations. You will also be able to complete the document check at this time. We highly encourage attendance to one of the dates listed below:

September 15-19, 2014 - Appointments not necessary.

Held from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the International Center Lounge

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 (September 22 and/or 23). Your progress will be monitored. The final deadline to complete this course is by September 30, 2014. The Digital Orientation does not replace the mandatory on-campus orientation. 

More information:

Move-In Information or General Housing 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.