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: Your date of completion is the last day of your final quarter of study (undergraduate students) or the day that your submit your defense or thesis (graduate students). This is the case even if your I-20 or DS-2019 expires after that date.

Filing for Graduation

Undergraduate students finishing their bachelor degree requirements should follow the directions here to file for your degree.

Graduate students finishing their master or doctorate degree requirement should follow the directions here to file for you degree.

You will automatically receive a UCSD 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.

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)

Grace Periods following Graduation

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. You may use this grace period to:

  • 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

Please note: travel outside of the USA is not advisable during your grace period.

Employment After Graduation

International students are no longer eligible for on-campus employment following their graduation date.

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.

Contact Us

International Students & Programs Office (ISPO)
Phone: (858) 534-3730
Email: Visit our Contact Us page

Monday through Friday
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.