Information for Newly Admitted International Transfer Students
Welcome! This page provides a comprehensive guide for newly admitted international transfer students (undergraduate juniors only).
Now that you have been admitted to UC San Diego, please carefully review all the information on this page to learn the next steps that will help you start your unforgettable student experience at UC San Diego.
NOTE: This guide does NOT apply to you if you are:
- Freshman (first-year Bachelor's/Undergraduate student) transferring your SEVIS record (I-20 or DS-2019) to UC San Diego from a U.S. high school
- Graduate (Master's or PhD) or EAP Reciprocity student transferring your SEVIS record to UC San Diego from another U.S. institution.
Please refer to the other guides listed on our New Students page.
Wondering where to start? Complete the steps below.
Step 1 - Right Away:
Complete the online admission checklist (MyApplication). This includes submitting your:
- Statement of Intent to Register (SIR)
- Statement of Legal Residence (SLR) (if required)
- Transcripts from all institutions attended
International students requiring a non-immigrant F-1 or J-1 visa to study in the USA must request and receive a form I-20 (F-1 Student) or DS-2019 (J-1 Exchange Visitor). The I-20 or DS-2019 is required to apply for the F-1 or J-1 visa.
IMPORTANT: Transfer students generally have TWO options for obtaining their I-20/DS-2019 document. Please read through these options carefully to determine which steps you need to take.
How to request the I-20 or DS-2019:
- Option 1: Request a SEVIS TRANSFER of your I-20 or DS-2019 document
- Option 2: Request an INITIAL (brand new ) I-20 or DS-2019 document
Allow the full processing time listed above before emailing any inquiries regarding your I-20/DS-2019 or documents you have sent. If any items you sent are incomplete or invalid, you will be contacted via email directly after an advisor has thoroughly reviewed your request.
You can check the status of your request by logging in to the iPortal at any time.
- Submit a request to iPortal Inquiries with the subject line "TRANSFER I-20: URGENT REQUEST"
- The body of the email must include the following:
- Full name as listed in your passport
- Date you submitted all required documents
- Date of your visa appointment with scanned copy of your appointment confirmation
- The body of the email must include the following:
If you are a Transfer Student transferring your SEVIS record to UCSD from another institution within the U.S., and you would like to participate in Programs happening during Summer, please note that incidental study between programs is allowed according to USCIS Regulations.
Studying in the Summer while staying in the U.S.
All transfer I-20s for students transferring from a U.S. school to UC San Diego for the Fall 2017 term are marked with a Program Start Date of 9/25/2017. If you have appropriately transferred your SEVIS record to UCSD within the 60-day period from your last school's program end date, then USCIS Regulations permit incidental study (either part-time or full-time) in the interim period before the 9/25/2017 program start date. In other words, you will NOT need a new I-20 to participate in the Summer Session (or any Early-Start/Bridge Program).
Studying in the Summer and traveling out of U.S.
If you will be traveling and re-entering the U.S. prior to the start date of your Summer program, you may do so using a printout of your UCSD transfer I-20. You will need to inform the office that you will need your new I-20 (listing the 9/25/2017 start date) for travel, with the appropriate Travel Signature authorization from the International Center. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to alert our office of your need, as well as if you have any further questions about the process. Please identify your name, PID and your affiliation with the specific name of the Summer Program so help facilitate our response. As a transfer student you may enter the USA earlier than 30 days before the start date identified in #5 of the form I-20. You may attend summer session if you wish.
On-campus employment while transferring schools
Students may be eligible for on-campus work authorization only at the school that controls their SEVIS record. With DSO permission, students may work on campus at the transfer-out school until the transfer release date (students will need to confirm this with the DSO at their previous institution). Work may begin at the transfer-in school after the transfer release date.
Step 2 - Before Arrival on Campus:
Off-Campus Housing Information
On-Campus Housing Information
Pre-Arrival Webinars will be presented by the UC San Diego International Students & Programs Office (ISPO) and will cover the following topics for newly admitted international students: International Center programs and services, review of immigration documentation,arriving in the U.S., housing and health insurance, campus resources, and frequently asked questions.
Please see our Webinars page for information on our pre-arrival webinars.
Tuberculosis screening is a mandatory University admission requirement for ALL newly admitted students. Screening must be performed PRIOR to arrival to University of California, San Diego.
See the Student Health Services website for submission deadlines.
The University of California is committed to protecting the health and well-being of our students. Therefore, all of the UC campuses are implementing procedures to ensure that students are educated about and receive vaccinations to prevent potentially serious and contagious diseases.
All incoming students are REQUIRED to obtain certain vaccines and undergo Tuberculosis testing. Failure to meet these requirements by the states deadlines are subject to registration holds.
Information on these requirements as well as important deadlines for meeting them can be found on the Student Health Services website.
“We Are Tritons” is an online program that introduces incoming you to our student community and your role in maintaining a welcoming campus environment. You will not be able to complete registration for courses until this requirement is met.
For more information, including the deadline for completion, see the Office for the Prevention of Harassment & Discrimination (OPHD) website.
All new international students (including transfer students from other U.S. schools) are strongly encouraged to attend the international student orientation.
Important note, all undergraduate degree-seeking students must attend their mandatory College Orientation, in addition to the International Student Orientation. Parents and family members of newly admitted international students are also encouraged and welcome to attend International Parent & Family Orientation
All UCSD degree-seeking students must attend their undergraduate college’s mandatory orientation program. Register for the orientation program online at http://newstudent.ucsd.edu. For questions about orientation programs and registration deadlines, visit your college’s orientation website.
All new international students are required to complete ISPO’s iTriton Online Training Program prior to starting classes at UC San Diego.
To access the training program, please click on the banner image above. You will be taken to a Single-Sign On (SSO) page where you will enter your PID credentials.
Since this is not a live webcast/webinar, you may proceed through the Online Training at your own pace. You will be taken to the page where you last left off should you exit the module.
Completion of the 55-minute digital orientation will be required by September 15, 2017 for Fall 2017 admits.
If you have any questions of concerns regarding this training program, please contact email@example.com .
ONLY if you are traveling abroad before returning to start your program at UC San Diego and you have an expired visa, must you renew your F-1 or J-1 visa. Make sure to thoroughly review our Applying for a Visa page for detailed instructions and tips on how to obtain a visa.For SEVIS transfer students: as long as you have followed the proper transfer procedures, you will be able to use your current, unexpired F-1 or J-1 visa to reenter the U.S. even though it has your previous school name printed on it.
Step 3 - When on Campus:
Finished with everything above? The link below will redirect you to a comprehensive list of things that will help you get started at UC San Diego. Find detailed information on email set-up, course registration, campus ID cards, housing, cell phones, health insurance, and more.
Application Cycle: Transfer Students
Application cycle begins
Mid-March to April
Transfer admission decisions are posted
Transfer Triton Day
Deadline to accept UC San Diego's offer of admission by submitting the Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) and Statement of Legal Residence (SLR) through MyApplication.
iTriton International Online Orientation Access Opens
Deadline to FINAL transcripts
Deadline to register for New International Student Orientation
Deadline to complete iTriton International Online Orientation
International Student Orientation
Fall quarter begins
First Day of Classes
The link below will redirect you to the page where you can find answers to common questions from new international students.
|I have a question about:||I should contact:||Their email address is:|
|Admission letter||Office of Admissions & Relations with Schoolsfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Immunization/health requirements||Office of Admissions & Relations with Schoolsemail@example.com|
|Student Health Servicefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Enrolling in classes||Undergraduate College||Virtual Advising Center (use to contact an advisor at your specific college) or the New Student Site|
|Health insurance||UCSD Student Health Insurance (SHIP)||email@example.com|
|Orientation||International Students & Programs Officefirstname.lastname@example.org|
See links below
|Summer school||Summer Session Administrationemail@example.com|
|Transcripts||Office of Admissions & Relations with Schoolsfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Transcripts status: refer to MyApplicationemail@example.com|