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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


Effective as of Monday, December 07, 2020: While the State of California “Stay at Home Order” is in effect, all ISPO services are provided remotely through online  Zoom advising and email. No in-person appointments are available until further notice. Review your advising options outlined on this page below.


REVIEW ADDITIONAL COVID-19 INFORMATION HERE


CONTACT US

CONTACT FORM

ZOOM ADVISING - CURRENT AND FORMER STUDENTS

JOIN ISPO ZOOM ADVISING IN 3 EASY STEPS:

  1. Use the "SIGN IN HERE" buttons below to fill out and submit the sign-in form.
    Only sign-in during advising hours posted below.

  2. Then click on the Zoom link provided by the sign-in form to enter a virtual waiting room.
    Please note that waiting times may reach 30-60 minutes.

  3. An ISPO Advisor will admit you to a one-on-one session on a first-come first-serve basis.
    Complex cases taking more than 10 minutes may be referred for follow-up advising at another time.


ISPO ZOOM ADVISING HOURS

kst to est MORNING
(Pacific Time)

General & Employment Advising
AFTERNOON
(Pacific Time)

General & Employment Advising
LATE AFTERNOON
(Pacific Time)

General Advising Only
Monday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm No Advising
Tuesday No Advising 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 10:30 am 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Friday No Advising 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm No Advising
Saturday/Sunday/ Holidays No Advising

INQUIRIES FOR COMPLEX CASES AND FOLLOW-UP

  • 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 additional assistance that will be provided either through a Zoom appointment or email.
  • Please note that Zoom appointment availability is limited, with longer waiting times, so a faster way to talk to us may be through attending additional regularly scheduled virtual Zoom Advising sessions.
  • Submit our 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 either answer your questions through email, or schedule a Zoom appointment with you if one is available and/or needed for your case.

IN-PERSON APPOINTMENTS

Effective as of Monday, December 07, 2020:

  • While the State of California “Stay at Home Order” is in effect, all ISPO services are provided remotely through online Zoom advising and email.
  • No in-person appointments are available until further notice.
  • 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.

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

While the State of California “Stay at Home Order” is in effect, all ISPO services are provided remotely through online Zoom advising and email. No in-person appointments are available until further notice. 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

 

 



DRIVING & PARKING DIRECTIONS

Driving Directions

  • ISPO 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.
  • We are 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 other parking options, visit the UC San Diego 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: UC San Diego - 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.