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The International Students & Programs Office (ISPO) is excited to welcome you to UC San Diego! As a newly admitted international student, you are required to attend New International Student Orientation, in addition to any of your college or department orientations (UCEAP students are not required to attend their college orientation).

ISPO’s orientation is designed to help orient you to the UC San Diego campus community, inform you of your F1/J1 rights & responsibilities, and give you an opportunity to connect with other new international students!

STEP ONE: Complete iTriton Online Orientation on Canvas
  • June 1-September 6  
  • This is a mandatory virtual orientation that needs to be completed on Canvas.   
  • Deadline: September 6, 2022  
STEP TWO: International Orientation Sessions
  • September 7-9 
  • These sessions are mandatory and will be conducted virtually. Example sessions include:  
    • “Meet ISPO & Understand Your Immigration Document”
    • “Know the Rules” 
    • “Working in the U.S.”  
  • Registration for these sessions is not open at this time. 
STEP THREE: International Welcome Programming
  • September 12-21 
  • Welcome programming will be take place in-person and virtually and is strongly recommended.  
  • Examples of previous events and programs:  
    • U See San Diego (Bus Tour of San Diego ) 
    • International Social Mixer 
    • Intercultural Communication Workshop  
    • Cultural Adjustment & Self Care 
    • Getting Involved  
    • And more! 
  • Registration for these events is not open at this time. 




Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Am I required to attend ISPO's Orientation?

  • In addition to attending your college or graduate division and department orientations, ISPO requires all newly admitted international students to register for ISPO's Orientation.

Is attendance required if I'm starting my program remotely?

  • YES! Sessions range from regulatory workshops to campus-wide resources will provide critical information even for students choose to start programs remotely.
  • ISPO’s New International Student Orientation is designed with different time zones in mind! Whether you begin your program on site or remotely from your home country, you could find the session that best fits your schedule.

Are there any Guides or Checklists I could refer to when preparing for my campus life?

Is there an Orientation for my Parent & Family as they may have questions?

  • When parents and families are informed, students benefit! We encourage parents and families to learn more about resources and support in place for them at the Parent & Family Programs.

What are topics covered in previous Orientations?


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