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THE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS & PROGRAMS OFFICE (ISPO) IS HERE FOR YOU

Our mission is to enrich the academic, research, and intercultural experiences of international students, provide the highest levels of knowledge and expertise in advising and immigration services within a welcoming and supportive environment, and advance global education and engagement efforts, in partnership with campus departments and units.



covid-19 NOTICE: ADVISING SERVICES


While ISPO is closed to the public for in-person service due to the State of California “Stay at Home Order” (Executive Order N-33-20), we  continue to provide all advising services through virtual Zoom advising and email. Review your advising options outlined on this page below.

REVIEW ADDITIONAL COVID-19 INFO

COVID-19 NOTICE: DOCUMENT DELIVERY SERVICES


While the document pick-ups are temporarily suspended, you can receive any requested documents through U.S. Postal Service mail or Express Mail.



REVIEW YOUR DELIVERY OPTIONS


CONTACT US

CONTACT FORM

ZOOM ADVISING - CURRENT AND FORMER STUDENTS

  • Join our online Zoom Advising sessions to connect with our International Student Advisors. 
  • When you join our Zoom Advising, you will enter a virtual waiting room.
  • An ISPO advisor will admit one student at a time on a first-come first-serve basis.
  • If your case is too complex and will take more than 10 minutes to discuss, the advisor will refer you to schedule a follow-up Zoom appointment at another time.
  • Everyone who enters the waiting room within the time period posted below will be admitted for advising, but the waiting time may reach up to 30 minutes during busy advising sessions.
DAY MORNING HOURS
(Pacific Time)
AFTERNOON HOURS
(Pacific Time)
Monday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm kst to est
Tuesday No Advising 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


If you have general questions regarding travel, visas, enrollment, and iPortal Requests:



If you have employment questions regarding F-1 OPT, F-1 CPT and J-1 Academic Training:

ZOOM ADVISING - NEWLY ADMITTED STUDENTS

  • Join our online Zoom Advising sessions to connect with our Newly Admitted Students Advising Team
  • When you join our Zoom Advising, you will enter a virtual waiting room.
  • An ISPO advisor will admit one student at a time on a first-come first-serve basis.
  • If your case is too complex and will take more than 10 minutes to discuss, the advisor will refer you to schedule a follow-up Zoom appointment at another time.
  • Everyone who enters the waiting room within the time period posted below will be admitted for advising, but the waiting time may reach up to 30 minutes during busy advising sessions.
DAY MORNING HOURS
(Pacific Time)
AFTERNOON HOURS
(Pacific Time)
Monday 9:00 am – 10:30 am No Advising kst to est
Tuesday No Advising 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Wednesday No Advising 4:30 pm- 6:00 pm
Thursday No Advising 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am– 10:30 am No Advising

If you have questions regarding travel, visas, and iPortal requests in preparation for starting your studies at UC San Diego:

ZOOM ADVISING - F-1 OPT WORK AUTHORIZATION

  • Join our online OPT Group Advising sessions during the times posted below to ask general questions about the 3 stages of F-1 OPT work authorization.
  • If you have case specific OPT questions, attend our one-on-one Zoom Advising for Current and Former Students above instead.
  • Come to these sessions after reviewing our opt.ucsd.edu website or after viewing our OPT Stage 1, 2, and 3 videos first.
kst to est OPT STAGE 1 
(Pacific Time)
OPT STAGE 2
(Pacific Time)
OPT STAGE 3 
(Pacific Time)
Tuesday - September 22 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Thursday - September 24 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Tuesday - September 29 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Thursday - October 08 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Tuesday - October 13 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Tuesday - October 20 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Thursday - October 22 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Tuesday - October 27 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Tuesday - November 3 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Tuesday - November 10 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Tuesday - November 17 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Thursday - November 19 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Tuesday - November 24 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Thursday - December 03 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Tuesday - December 08 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Tuesday - December 15 12:00 – 1:00 pm

If you have general questions regarding F-1 OPT work authorization:

ADVISING APPOINTMENTS

  • If you have more complex questions or a situation that we may not have time to discuss during our regularly scheduled virtual Zoom Advising sessions, you may request a Zoom appointment.
  • Click on the link below and submit the Contact Form with a thorough description of the topic/situation you would like to discuss.
  • Within 3-5 businesss days (1 week), an ISPO advisor will answer your questions through email, or schedule a Zoom appointment with you if one is needed for your case.

EXPEDITE / URGENT REQUEST FORM

  • All submitted forms will be automatically routed to the appropriate advisor, and considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • We will do our best to complete your request as soon as possible, but completion of your request before its due date is subject to our advisors' current workload and it is not guaranteed.
  • A notification email will be sent to you when your document/service request has been completed.

 


EMERGENCY CONTACT

BUSINESS HOURS EMERGENCY PHONE LINE:

  • WHEN TO USE:
    • Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
  • WHEN NOT TO USE:
    • In a true health or safety-related emergency. Instead, call 911, or UC San Diego Campus Police 858-534-4357.
    • For regular questions related to your visa status. Instead, join our Zoom Advising or submit a Contact Form above.
  • WHAT SITUATIONS:
    • Only in urgent, but non health or safety-related emergency situations during ISPO's business hours, such as if you are having travel issues, and you or a government official or law enforcement officer need to contact an ISPO Advisor. 
  • ADDITIONAL INFO:
    • In an emergency related to your I-20/DS-2019 travel signature, first review information regarding the I-515A on our travel page.
  • PHONE NUMBER:
    • 858-534-3730

 


AFTER HOURS EMERGENCY PHONE LINE:

  • WHEN TO USE:
    • After hours and on weekends, university holidays and during other announced closures.
  • WHEN NOT TO USE:
    • In a true health or safety-related emergency. Instead, call 911.
    • During ISPO's business hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
    • For regular questions related to your visa status. Instead, join our Zoom Advising or submit a Contact Form above.
  • WHAT SITUATIONS:
    • Only in urgent, but non health or safety-related emergency after-hours situations.
  • ADDITIONAL INFO:
    • In an emergency related to your I-20/DS-2019 travel signature, first review information regarding the I-515A on our travel page.
  • PHONE NUMBER:
    • 858-534-4357 (UC San Diego Campus Police).

 


PRINTABLE ISPO EMERGENCY CONTACT CARD

 

You can download and print this card, or save it as a digital copy.

The ISPO Emergency Contact Card can be printed for your wallet and/or kept with your immigration documents. This card has important phone numbers as well as tips on what to do if you are detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or are arrested by police.

 


FIND US ON CAMPUS

PHYSICAL LOCATION & ADDRESS

Effective Friday, March 20, 2020, the International Students & Programs Office (ISPO) is closed to the public for in-person service due to the State of California “Stay at Home Order” (Executive Order N-33-20).

Due to COVID-19 guidelines limiting social gatherings and interactions, ISPO will continue to provide all advising services through virtual Zoom Advising and email. These measures not only serve to protect both you and our staff through recommended social distancing, but they are designed to better serve you with more accessible advising and information online.


Our Address:

International Students & Programs Office
Student Center B
9500 Gilman Drive #0018
La Jolla, California 92093-0018

On a Map:



DRIVING & PARKING DIRECTIONS

Driving Directions

  • The UC San Diego International Students & Programs Office is located off of La Jolla Village Drive on Interstate 5.
  • From Interstate 5, EXIT on La Jolla Village Drive WEST.
  • Proceed to the first light at the bottom of the hill and TURN RIGHT onto VILLA LA JOLLA DRIVE.
  • TURN LEFT onto GILMAN DRIVE.
  • At the third stop sign, TURN RIGHT onto MANDEVILLE LANE.
  • The International Students & Programs Office is located in Student Center B, on the corner of Gilman Drive and Mandeville Lane (see the photo below)

Student Center  B


Parking Information

The Gilman Parking Structure has visitor spaces (marked "V") available for parking by the hour, and is located 3 blocks east of our office at the Student Center B on Gilman Drive and Russell Lane. Use the pay stations located on each floor to purchase your permit. For more information on parking visit the  Transportation Services website .

BUSES

Campus Shuttle

Students, faculty, and staff can ride free shuttles that serve campus, medical centers and key points off campus. For more information, please visit the campus shuttles webpage on the Transportation Services website.


San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS)

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) buses stop at the Gilman Transit Center, which is located on Gilman Drive just west of the Gilman Parking Structure, which is about two blocks from our office in Student Center B.

Gilman Transit Center MTS Bus Routes:

    • 30: UTC, La Jolla, Pacific Beach, Old Town, downtown San Diego
    • 41: VA Hospital, UTC, Clairemont, Fashion Valley
    • 101: UTC, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside NCTD
    • 150: UTC, VA Hospital, Old Town, downtown San Diego
    • 201/ 202 SuperLoop: UTC area
    • 204 SuperLoop: UTC area, Executive Drive, Judicial Drive, Nobel Drive
    • 237: UCSD - Rancho Bernardo Transit Station
    • 921: UTC, Mira Mesa

To plan your trip and get bus schedules please take a visit the San Diego MTS schedules page.

For more information regarding public transit at UC San Diego, please visit the Transportation Services website.