Remote Operations

Welcome to OISS! Due to the impacts of COVID-19 on campus policy, the OISS team is currently working remotely. However, we pride ourselves in providing our full support and services to you virtually during these times. We are here for you!

Our team is currently available by email, phone, or virtual appointment. Our main office phone lines are unfortunately currently unavailable as we are not working on campus.

Please find the section below that best applies to you to find out how to best contact a team member. Additionally, visit our People Directory to find individual OISS staff contact information.

People Directory

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I'm an international student:

How do I submit a request?

Visit our forms page to download the appropriate form and submit the completed version to oiss@sa.ucsb.edu. We are currently accepting everything electronically; you are welcome to fill it out electronically and use a digital signature. DocuSign format is also accepted.

How do I request an advising appointment?

New! Starting in Fall 2020, OISS student advisors are offering expanded advising hours to accommodate more students in international timezones. Monday - Friday, between the hours of 6:00 AM - 7:00 PM U.S. Pacific Time, based on individual advisor availability. If you would like to meet with an advisor, you have two options: 

1. Visit our virtual front desk drop-ins for quick, general questions.

2. Schedule an individual appointment with an advisor for more personal, in-depth questions.

Visit the Student Advising Page

I'm a new international student. How do I get started?

New student? Welcome! Information on planning your first quarter at UCSB. Start preparing today with CALI Training, a virtual orientation for international students which includes information on your visa and immigration, as well as important tips about academic expectations in the United States. We also encourage you to attend or watch recordings of our pre-arrival video chats, where OISS advisors deliver pertinent information and answer questions from students.

If you have general questions about becoming a UCSB student, including qualifying, transfer credit, or the admissions process, please visit this page for help.

I'm an international scholar:

How do I submit a request?

Visit our forms page to download the appropriate form and submit the completed version to j1scholar@sa.ucsb.edu. We are currently accepting everything electronically; you are welcome to fill it out electronically and use a digital signature. DocuSign format is also accepted.

How do I schedule an appointment?

All international scholar requests, including appointment requests, can be directed to the J-1 Scholar advising team at j1scholar@sa.ucsb.edu.

I'm an employment-based international Gaucho:

For individuals and UCSB departments requesting support for long-term, employment-based visas, please contact LongTermVisa@sa.ucsb.edu.

Events, Marketing & Outreach

I have a question about programming, events, or CALI training:

Contact our international programs coordinator at oissprograms@sa.oiss.ucsb.edu.

I have a question about OISS Marketing + Communications:

Contact Maya James at mayajames@ucsb.edu.

I want to sign up for OISS newsletters and important updates:

Sign up using this link: bit.ly/signupOISS

I want to get more involved on campus and connect with other international Gauchos:

We highly recommend that you visit Shoreline, UCSB's engagement platform where you can view campus organizations and sign up to attend events. We also encourage you to log on to Nectir, UCSB's official online chat platform. Be sure to join the #international-students channel! You can log into both Shoreline and Nectir using your UCSB netID credentials (single sign-on.)

I want to follow OISS on social media so I never miss an update again!

OISS manages several social media accounts. Click on the respective links below to be taken to the social media account so that you can follow: