COVID-19 Response

OISS is committed to supporting our international community during this outbreak of COVID-19. In line with UCSB’s remote status, OISS staff are available to you remotely. 

Add California COVID Notify Today

UC Santa Barbara students, staff, and faculty are invited to participate in the State of California’s pilot of California COVID Notify, a new program that uses the exposure notification system from Google and Apple. California COVID Notify can quickly alert you if you’ve likely been exposed to COVID-19, allowing you to seek medical attention and reduce risk for your friends, family, and the Gaucho community. The more people participate in the program, the more effective it will be at identifying potential exposures and reducing the spread of COVID-19. 

Add California COVID Notify to your phone today. Together, we CAN help slow the spread of COVID-19.  

Immigration Advising During COVID-19

The impacts of COVID-19, and thus immigration guidance and campus policy, have been fluid in nature. We at OISS understand that this can get very confusing, and we thank you for asking very pertinent questions.

OISS has advised international Gauchos by closely following the temporary COVID-19 guidance that was issued on March 9, 2020 by the Department of Homeland Security. We also reference the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) document that was issued on August 7, 2020. 

We also closely follow updates from Chancellor Henry T. Yang regarding COVID-19 updates and planning for the UCSB campus.

We urge you to open all emails sent to you by our office, as we frequently provide important immigration updates. Should you have any questions, please contact our office, or schedule an appointment with your assigned OISS advisor. 

Please note: OISS has not yet received any guidance regarding the Fall 2021 quarter. Until we receive any new guidance, we assume that the current guidance provided remains in place. We will update you via your UCSB email as soon as we receive any new information or guidance. Your patience is appreciated. 

COVID-19 Resources for International Gauchos

Verified Sources of Information

Steer clear of misinformation spread by unreliable resources by using only verified and trustworthy resources. Below you can find links to reliable sources of information and updates about COVID-19.


Campus Resources & Support

If you are experiencing any impact caused by COVID-19, please contact OISS. We are here to support you.

Campus Resources:

  • Student Health Service (SHS) provides comprehensive and integrated healthcare services that treat illnesses efficiently, promote physical and psychological well-being, and enable students to have a healthy and successful University experience.
  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) promotes the emotional well-being of students through individual and group psychotherapy, crisis intervention, and stress management services. They are currently offering "Let's Talk," a program that provides mental health conversations over the phone in English, Korean, Malay & Mandarin. 
  • Mental Health Peers are current students trained to help other students develop tools to better manage stressors related to school as well as relationships to family, friends, romantic partners, and roommates. Peers can also help you get connected to other appropriate resources around campus.
  • Campus Emergency Funds / Financial Crisis Response Team: UCSB offers emergency loans and grants to students facing unexpected financial burdens.
  • Additional resources:

Unable to Return Home due to COVID-19?

  • UCSB Food Security Taskforce: Basic Needs Resources Guides
  • Laptop Loan Program and other programs
    UCSB is offering a Chromebook loan program this spring. To check out a Chromebook, visit the FNBS (Food, Nutrition, Basic Skills) office in the UCen. Chromebooks will be loaned out on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last. 

Unable to Return to the U.S. due to COVID-19?

OISS is working with campus departments to provide reasonable accommodations for individuals who have been impacted by COVID-19. We encourage you to contact OISS immediately at so that we may provide you with advising and support.


International Travel Guidance

The Office of International Students and Scholars is currently discouraging international travel in light of COVID-19, especially travel to and from high-risk countries, and travel via cruise ship. If you must travel, below are reliable travel advisories and restrictions published by various U.S. agencies.