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Fall 2020 New International Student Orientation

The International Students & Programs Office (ISPO) is so excited to welcome you to UC San Diego and launch New International Student Orientation! International Orientation will be completely virtual this year so that you can participate from wherever you are. Click the link below to explore your virtual Welcome Packet and register today! 


WHEN IS ORIENTATION? IS THIS REQUIRED?

As a newly admitted international student, you are required to attend New International Student Orientation 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! Attending ISPO’s orientation is required in addition to any of your college or department orientations (NOTE: UCEAP students are not required to attend their college orientation). 


 

Pre-Orientation Starts August 10!

You don't need to wait until September to attend helpful sessions! Get a taste of what's to come by checking out some of these sessions:
    • Understanding your Immigration Documents
    • Starting your Program: Remote Enrollment or Planning for Arrival - Grad
    • Starting your Program: Remote Enrollment or Planning for Arrival - Undergrad
    • Employment Eligibility for the 2020-2021 Academic Year
    • Student Accounts Webinar: How to Pay your Fees

International Parent & Family Orientation

When parents and families are informed, students benefit. Parents and families may have questions or concerns that are more amplified than usual. We encourage parents and families to register for International Parent & Family Orientation from September 21-25. This year's International Parent & family Orientation will consist of webinar sessions that will inform you about the campus, student’s transition to college, and how families are supported by the university’s resources and services. We recommend that students watch the webinars with their family, even though the program will focus on the needs of parents and families.

iTriton Online Training (Mandatory)

Newly admitted international students are required to complete the iTriton Online Training during their first quarter at UC San Diego.

For more information on the iTriton Online Training please visit iTriton.ucsd.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How has ISPO designed New International Student Orientation to fit into my schedule?

ISPO’s New International Student Orientation was designed with different time zones and student interests in mind! Orientation follows a workshop or line-up format, in which different sessions are held at every hour of the day during September 8th - September 18th. To help prepare students who have travel plans to arrive in the U.S. this fall, ISPO will also provide a series of workshops as a part of pre-orientation beginning Monday, August 10th. Sessions range from regulatory workshops such as learning about your immigration documents and regulations to networking with other international students starting their program virtually (who might even be in their same city) to learning how to acclimate to university life. Additionally, you will notice that some of the sessions are repeating - please note that these are the same sessions but offered at different times in order to accommodate time zones and schedule conflicts. ISPO has designed a virtual Welcome Packet to help engage our new admits and help them prepare for the journey ahead!

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. In order to register for New International Student Orientation, you are required to sign up for two sessions in September: one required "Know the Rules" session and one session of your choice! You are also welcome to register for as many sessions as you would like, but two minimum are required.

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

YES! ISPO’s New International Student Orientation was designed with different time zones and student interests in mind! Whether you begin your program on site or remotely from your home country this fall, the sessions are designed with you in mind. Sessions range from regulatory workshops such as learning about your immigration documents and regulations to networking with other international students starting their program virtually (who might even be in their same city) to learning how to acclimate to university life. Additionally, you will notice that some of the sessions are repeating - please note that these are the same sessions but offered at different times in order to accommodate time zones and schedule conflicts.

How many sessions am I required to register for? Which should I choose?

In order to register for New International Student Orientation, you are required to sign up for two sessions in September: one required "Know the Rules" session and one session of your choice! You are also welcome to register for as many sessions as you would like, but two minimum are required. Additionally, you will notice that some of the sessions are repeating - please note that these are the same sessions but offered at different times in order to accommodate time zones and schedule conflicts. Choose a 'Know the Rules' Session (register for the correct one depending on if you are starting your program in-person or from outside the U.S. this fall) + any other sessions you are interested in!

What's the difference between August sessions and September sessions?

You don't need to wait until September to attend helpful sessions! Get a taste of what's to come by checking out some of our August sessions.In order to register for New International Student Orientation, you are required to sign up for two sessions in September. August sessions do not count towards the two session minimum requirement.

What about my family? They have questions too, can they attend and register for ISPO's Orientation?

Actually, ISPO encourages parents and families to register for International Parent & Family Orientation from September 21-25.When parents and families are informed, students benefit. Parents and families may have questions or concerns that are more amplified than usual.  This year's International Parent & family Orientation will consist of webinar sessions that will inform you about the campus, student’s transition to college, and how families are supported by the university’s resources and services. We recommend that students watch the webinars with their family, even though the program will focus on the needs of parents and families. International Orientation will be completely virtual this year so that you can participate from wherever you are and have your parents attend alongside you if they'd like.

Will I meet OTHER newly-admitted international students during ISPO's Orientation?

YES! ISPO offers a variety of intercultural sessions and programs designed to help you connect with other students in similar programs and also studying across similar time zones! Make sure you look out for smiley face or star icons when registering for orientation sessions which indicate a more interactive experience!

Aside from registering for ISPO's Orientation, my College/Graduate Division and department orientations, what else can I do to acclimate to campus life?

We're glad you asked! Browse ISPO's New International Student Orientation site and browse the various tabs! Start at the HOME page and experience your Virtual Admission Packet. Click PLAY for some music to get you in the right mood to explore campus, San Diego, and begin your journey! Scroll to the bottom of the Registration Page for guides on starting your program remotely or in person this fall.

When will I receive instructions or a link to access my session when the time comes?

Within two days of the event, you will receive a message from ISPO reminding you of the date/time of your session along with instructions on how to access your session! We are excited to see each of you at our sessions, remember to check your email for orientation updates and message from ISPO!

If I have questions about registration, who should I contact?

Please email iNewStudent@ucsd.edu for more information.

If I want to cancel my registration for a certain session, how should I do that?

All registrations are done through Eventbrite. You can locate the registration confirmation email you received which will provide you instructions on how to 'cancel your order'.