We at the International Center welcome your interest in the University of California, San Diego.
The International Center will provide all newly admitted international students with orientation information and assistance in order to help them prepare for the beginning of the academic program. In the meantime, we hope the following pre-arrival information will be helpful.
The following websites provide information for undergraduate and graduate students on admissions procedures and deadlines.
Prospective graduate students may obtain specific program information and application forms from the department at which they wish to study.
For information about the English language program at UCSD, please contact the English Language Institute at UCSD Extension.
It is important to understand the financial realities of living and studying in San Diego in order to avoid difficulties after arrival.
Please review the budget estimates for undergraduate and graduate students, listing all education costs: registration fees, non-resident tuition, room and board, books and supplies, transportation, personal expenses, and health care insurance fee (or health care allowance).
Depending on individual desires, more funds may be needed. Please note that La Jolla is one of the most expensive areas in the United States to live.
The American consulate or embassy will not grant a student visa unless the student can provide substantial proof of adequate funding for studying in the USA.
International Students & Programs Office (ISPO)
Phone: (858) 534-3730
Fax: (858) 534-0909
Email: Visit our Contact Us page
On Library Walk, next to Gilman Drive (map and directions)
9500 Gilman Drive #0018
La Jolla, California 92093-0018
Monday through Friday
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Appointments are offered at half-hour increments:
Mondays & Fridays: 9 a.m. – 12 Noon
Wednesdays & Thursdays: 9 a.m. – 12 Noon; 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Walk-In Advising (no appointment needed):
9 a.m. – 12 Noon
Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays: 9 a.m. – 12 Noon; 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
To schedule an appointment, call (858) 534-3730
Café Conversations (Weeks 1–10):
Fridays: Noon – 1 p.m. at the Friday International Café