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Virtually for Fall 2020


Welcome to UC San Diego! As you start your program from home, UC San Diego is committed in supporting international students acclimate to their virtual classrooms and also transition to on-campus instruction once conditions allow. The following checklist will help you embark on this new and exciting journey ahead.


Arriving Virtually to UC San Diego:

Step 1: Attend Orientation

ISPO’s New International Student Orientation has gone online! Attend from the comfort and safety of your home.  All international students are required to register for a total of two sessions: one regulatory and one support session. However, you are welcome to register for as many sessions as you'd like! 


Important notes:

  • Undergraduate degree-seeking students must attend their mandatory College 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.
  • These orientations are different from the International Student Orientation. 


Getting Started Virtually

Step 1: Set Up your UC San Diego Email

Every UC San Diego student is assigned a UC San Diego email account.  To activate your account, you may:

  • Visit the ACS website and follow the directions. A Personal Identification Number (PID) is necessary to receive an e-mail account. 
  • A PID is not the same as an application ID. 
  • A PID is usually the letter A followed by 8 digits. Use your application ID to login through TritonLink to receive a PID. 

Step 2: Register for 12 Units No Later than October 16, 2020

Undergraduate Students:


Graduate Students:

  • To access Web Registration (WebReg) and a variety of other TritonLink online tools you will need a User ID and password. You should have already received your User ID which is the Personal Identification (PID) number stated on the application status page of the online application. With your User ID you can now create your password. Create your password here.


EAP Reciprocity Students:

  • Enroll in classes via WebReg on TritonLink. Students must have their PID (Personal Identification) number to enroll in courses. To obtain a PID, go to MyApplication and click on "First Time User” to complete the required personal information for your student account.
  • Your UC application ID number is assigned to you by UCEAP. You can obtain it from your home university international office.  For detailed information on the enrollment process for EAP students, see the UCEAP website. Campus fees are automatically waived. If you receive a bill, contact ISPO at

Step 3: Stay Informed through ISPO's iStudent Newsletter

ISPO’s iStudents Newsletter is a listserv-based newsletter that provides important information to UC San Diego international students dependents temporarily residing in the U.S. The iStudents newsletter also announces critical deadlines, changes in regulations, and offers concrete advice.

International students’ UC San Diego email addresses are automatically subscribed to the ISPO listserv and all students are responsible for checking their UC San Diego email account. Please note that all important campus messaging is communicated mainly through UC San Diego email.

Step 4: Stay Connected through ISPO's Social Media

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for a chance to win free give-always, stay updated on the latest announcement and connect to our international community at UC San Diego!

Step 5: Meet Health Insurance Requirements

  • International students at UC San Diego are required to buy health insurance coverage.  
  • This is required regardless of whether you are taking classes outside the U.S. or not. You will be billed for the UC San Diego health insurance policy each quarter (3-month period). Your UC San Diego insurance policy will begin on the first day of the quarter. 
  • If you have existing coverage that you feel meets the minimum requirements that UC Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) covers, you can apply for a waiver. Be sure to do so by the stated deadline on the Student Health website.
  • Learn more about UC San Diego's Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)

Step 6: Complete you Tuberculosis (TB) Screening and Immunization Reporting Requirements

  • All incoming students are required to complete a Tuberculosis Screening Questionnaire and immunization screening by the deadlines stated on the Student Health Services (SHS) website.  
  • This is required regardless of whether you are taking classes outside the U.S. or not. 
  • If not completed and submitted prior to the deadline, a hold will be placed in your TritonLink record, preventing you from adding or dropping classes.
  • For more information about these requirements, visit the main SHS website.

Step 7: Take a Virtual Campus Tour

Explore UC San Diego through a virtual campus tour!


Get Involved and Check Out the Global Hub


There are so many ways for you to get involved virtually at UC San Diego! The Global Hub ( and our Globally Engaged Tritons Calendar ( feature all virtual events focusing on global engagement and our global community here at UC San Diego.

Want to learn more about campus wide events? Visit the Virtual Student Union ( for a calendar featuring virtual events hosted by all different parts of campus.  

The Center for Student Involvement

  • The Center encourages and facilitates student involvement in student organizations, campus-wide events, leadership and service opportunities.
  • The Center is committed to providing developmental opportunities for all UC San Diego students and challenges them to become empowered, motivated and experienced leaders and citizens through a comprehensive co-curricular experience.
  • Explore the Center for Student Involvement website ( to learn more about student organizations and see how you can get involved.