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International Students

Welcome to UCSB!

If you will not be in the U.S. during summer, you do not need to register on the Orientation reservation system.


If you are an international student currently living in the United States, you are encouraged to attend Orientation. While not mandatory, Orientation gives you an important head start in preparing for your college career.


We understand, however, that visa and travel restrictions often prevent international students from being able to participate in a summer orientation session. If this is your situation, please continue reading below for information about fall course registration, the online module, and mandatory CALI Training.


International Freshmen

Online Orientation Module

Because important academic and campus information is covered at Orientation, we have created an online orientation module for incoming international freshmen who are unable to attend an in-person session. It is required that international freshmen who do not attend Orientation complete this online module.


Click here to begin the International Freshman Online Module!


Fall Course Registration

International freshman students who are not able to attend Orientation will be registered for their appropriate courses by a college advisor. This registration process is ongoing during summer and will be completed by the end of August. Please note that the schedule you receive has been approved by a college advisor and should not be changed or altered without first consulting the college.


Freshman Summer Start Program (FSSP)

If you are an international student participating in FSSP, we strongly encourage you to attend the Orientation session on August 1-2, which takes place directly prior to the beginning of the program. You can sign up for this Orientation session beginning in mid-May. See the Reserve Your Space section of this website to access the online reservation system. If you will not be in the U.S. during summer, you do not need to register on the Orientation reservation system.


Mandatory CALI Training (Cultural Awareness, Laws, and Immigration Training)

All incoming international students are required to complete the CALI online course and attend a mandatory CALI Training (Cultural Awareness, Laws, and Immigration Training) in September hosted by the Office of International Students & Scholars. Please visit the Office of International Students & Scholars website for CALI dates and more information.


International Transfer Students

To ensure that you are ready for your first quarter, UCSB offers a two-step transfer orientation process.


1.  Complete the UCSB Transfer Online Module. Completion of this online module will enable you to register early for your fall classes; your registration appointment time on GOLD will be moved up to a date in mid-August. The deadline to complete the online module and receive an earlier registration pass time is Friday, August 2. Learn more about how to complete the UCSB Transfer Online Module.


Click here to go to the Transfer Online Module!


2.  Attend an in-person Transfer Orientation session. If visa and travel plans allow, participating in a one-day, in-person transfer session is strongly recommended. Some major departments will expect you to attend in order to receive academic advising that is critical to a successful transition experience. Register for and learn more about the Transfer Orientation sessions.


Please note: Space in the in-person Transfer Orientation is limited and session dates will close when they are full. We strongly encourage you to submit your reservation promptly if you would like to attend.


There is an orientation fee for the online module and the in-person session. See orientation fees for information on fees, payment, and financial assistance.


Mandatory CALI Training (Cultural Awareness, Laws, and Immigration Training)

All incoming international students are required to complete the CALI online course and attend a mandatory CALI Training (Cultural Awareness, Laws, and Immigration Training) in September hosted by the Office of International Students & Scholars. Please visit the Office of International Students & Scholars website for CALI dates and more information.