Completing Your Program of Study at UC San Diego

Students completing their program of study at UC San Diego have several options following their final term. Please review the information below when contemplating what you should do after you graduate.

 

PLEASE NOTE:

The program end date on your I-20 will be adjusted to the last day of your final quarter of study. Graduate students that have filed in lieu of registration for their final term will have a program end date of their date of defense. If your most recent I-20 shows a program end date beyond your final quarter of study, note that ISPO will automatically adjust the I-20 to the accurate final term.

File for Graduation

File for graduation:

  • If you are an undergraduate student finishing your bachelor degree requirements, then you should follow the directions here to file for your degree.
  • If you are a graduate student finishing your master or doctorate degree requirement, then you should follow the directions here to file for you degree.

 


Get your diploma:

You will automatically receive a UC San Diego diploma upon successful completion of your university and degree requirements. Diplomas are mailed to the student's permanent address 3 to 6 months after the end of the quarter of graduation.

Please note that our office does not issue diplomas, the Registrar's Office does. If you have any questions about your diploma, please refer to the Registrar's Office page: https://students.ucsd.edu/academics/advising/degrees-diplomas/about-diplomas.html and contact the Registrar's Office directly.

NOTE: If you do not want your diploma sent to the permanent address listed in TritonLink, you must notify the Registrar's Office directly when you apply to graduate:

Send an email to Registrar-AcademicRecords@ad.ucsd.edu. The subject line should read "Diplomas: Diploma Division"

The email should include the following information:

Dear Academic Records,

My name is __________________. My PID is A_____________. I am an international student. Due to immigration regulations, my permanent address in TritonLink must be an address outside of the US; however, I would like my diploma sent to the following US address instead:

Name
Street Address
City, State, Zip Code

If you have any questions, I can be reached at (email address) or (phone number).

Sincerely,

(Your name)

Learn about your Grace Period Following Graduation

Grace Period:

  • F-1 students have a 60-day grace period following the last day of your final quarter of enrollment.
  • J-1 students have a 30-day grace period following the last day of your final quarter of enrollment.

 


Use your grace period to do one of the following:

  • Apply for post-completion employment authorization (Note: J-1 students must apply and be approved for Academic Training before the completion of their program)
  • Transfer your SEVIS record to another school in the USA (Note: J-1 students must apply and be approved for the SEVIS transfer before the completion of their program)
  • Change to another non-immigrant visa status
  • Prepare to return to your home country and depart the USA

 


International travel during your grace period:

  • If you depart the USA during your grace period, you may not re-enter the USA with your completed I-20 and F-1 or J-1 student visa.
  • Please discuss your travel options with an international student advisor if you have questions about international travel during your grace period.

Learn about Employment after Graduation

On-campus employment:

  • International students are no longer eligible for on-campus employment beyond the program end date listed on the I-20 or DS-2019.
  • The program end date is based on your final term of study and will be automatically adjusted to the last day of your graduating term.
  • PhD students that have paid the filing fee in lieu of graduation in their final term will have a program end date based on their date of defense.

 


Other employment:

  • F-1 students must apply for and be approved for post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) in order to continue or begin work following graduation.
  • J-1 students must apply for and be approved for post-completion Academic Training before their program end date in order to continue or begin work following graduation.

Learn about Student Health Insurance after Graduation

As an F-1 or J-1 student, you are strongly encouraged to have adequate health insurance during your stay in the USA.

 


Maintaining health insurance after graduation:

  • If you will be continuing with OPT (F-1 students) or Academic Training (J-1 students) beyond the end of your UC SHIP coverage, please contact your employer or a health insurance provider directly for information regarding their policies and rates.
  • Spring graduates only: If you are enrolled in the UC SHIP for spring quarter and complete your academic program in the spring quarter, you are eligible for continued coverage through the summer, up to the start of fall quarter.