International Students: Workshops & Webinars

Academic Workshops

Employment Workshops

OPT Stage 1 Information Session

This information session is an online webinar offered twice each month. This webinar explains what OPT is, the timeline of applying for OPT, and how to request an OPT I-20 from ISPO.

Please register for the Spring 2019 OPT  Stage 1 Information Sessions here:
  • OPT Stage 1 Information Session Webinar -  Register Here for a date below
    • Tuesday, September 10th
    • Tuesday, September 24th
    • Tuesday, October 8th
    • Tuesday, October 22nd
    • Tuesday, November 5th
    • Tuesday, November 19th
    • Tuesday, December 3rd
ISPO will not be hosting live OPT Stage 1 Webinars during the summer. Please review this OPT Stage 1 webinar recording from SP19.

 

OPT Stage 2 Information Session

This information session is in-person and offered twice each month. You must attend the OPT Stage 1 Session first and have already requested the OPT I-20 from ISPO in order to attend this session. Attendees must bring their OPT Application materials to the session.

Please register for the Spring 2019 OPT Information Sessions here:
  • OPT Stage 2 In-Person Presentation - Register Here for a date below
    • Tuesday, September 17th 
    • Tuesday, October 1st
    • Tuesday, October 15th
    • Tuesday, October 29th
    • Tuesday, November 12th
    • Tuesday, November 26th
    • Tuesday, December 10th

ISPO will not be hosting OPT Stage 2 Information Sessions during the summer. Please review this OPT Stage 2 Zoom Recording. The video begins at 1:20.

 

OPT Stage 3 Information Session

This information session is an online webinar offered once each month. This webinar explains how to maintain your F-1 student status while your OPT is pending and explains how to report your employment once your OPT Application is approved by USCIS.

Please register for the Spring 2019 OPT Stage 3 Information Sessions here:
  • OPT Stage 3 Webinar - Register Here for a date below
    • Tuesday, September 17th
    • Tuesday, October 15th
    • Tuesday, November 12th
    • Tuesday,December 10th
ISPO will not be hosting live OPT Stage 3 Webinars during the summer. Please review this OPT Stage 3 webinar recording from SP19. Live webinars will resume for FA19.

Pre-Arrival Webinars

International Weekly Webinar Series

The iStudents Weekly Webinars is a series of webinars to update and inform F-1 and J-1 students on topics that may impact their visa status while they are in the U.S. Each week during the academic year, ISPO advisors will be available online to present on the topics below. Students will have the opportunity to submit general questions through the webinar platform for response from the advisor. This is not meant to replace walk-in or appointment advising for complex issues.

Webinars will start promptly at the times indicated.

Fall 2019

Please carefully review the topics and dates below:


F-1 Employment Overview

  • Date: Tuesday, October 1, 12:00 – 12:30pm
  • Learn about work authorization for F-1 students. This webinar is intended for graduate and undergraduate students in F-1 status.
  • Register here

J -1 Employment Overview

  • Date: Tuesday, October 1, 12:30 – 1pm
  • Learn about on and off campus work authorization for J-1 students. This webinar is intended for graduate and undergraduate students in J-1 status.
  • Register here 

OPT Stage 1 for F-1 Students: Requesting OPT I-20 from ISPO

  • Date
    • Tuesday, September 10th, 12:00 – 12:30pm
    • Tuesday, September 24th, 12:00 – 12:30pm
    • Tuesday, October 8th, 12:00 – 12:30pm
    • Tuesday, October 22nd, 12:00 – 12:30pm
    • Tuesday, November 5th, 12:00 – 12:30pm
    • Tuesday, November 19th, 12:00 – 12:30pm
    • Tuesday, December 3rd, 12:00 – 12:30pm
  • F-1 students will learn about what OPT is, the timeline of applying for OPT, and how to request an OPT I-20 from ISPO.
  • Register here

OPT Stage 3 for F-1 Students: Maintaining F-1 Status While OPT Application is Pending or Approved with USCIS

  • Date
    • Tuesday, September 17, 12:00 – 12:30pm
    • Tuesday, October 15, 12:00 – 12:30pm
    • Tuesday, November 12, 12:00 – 12:30pm
    • Tuesday, December 10, 12:00 – 12:30pm
  • This webinar explains how to maintain your F-1 OPT status while your OPT is pending with USCIS and how to report your employment once your OPT Application is approved by USCIS.
  • Register here

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for F-1 Students

  • Date: Tuesday, October 29, 12:00 -12:30pm
  • CPT is a type of work authorization for F-1 students while they are in the academic program of study at UC San Diego and will participate in a paid position off-campus. Learn about eligibility and requirements.
  • Register here

Travel and Re-Entry

  • Date: Tuesday, November 26, 12:00 – 12:30pm
  • This webinar is for students who are planning to travel outside the US and will reenter in F-1 or J-1 status to resume their studies. Learn about the documents you will need to reenter the US and steps you should take once you have reentered.
  • Register here