- OISS has a new website! We are continuing to work on it. If you encounter an error, please try again in a few hours. We appreciate your patience.
- New student? Welcome! Information on planning your first quarter at UCSB. Start preparing today with CALI Online, an online 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.
OISS Is Here To Support You, Virtually!
The impacts of COVID-19 have greatly affected all of us. Having hoped to maintain some level of normalcy for the 2020-2021 school year, OISS shares in the disappointment that many of you are feeling. We want to assure you that campus does not make decisions lightly; protecting your health and safety is the ultimate priority above all else.
Please know that OISS staff and other campus departments are hard at work to deliver your virtual UCSB experience to you in the best way possible. We encourage you to sign up for UCSB Shoreline, where you can sign up for campus virtual events or workshops, as well as access department resources. (Be sure to join the OISS Shoreline group!) In addition, be sure to sign up for Nectir (UCSB's chat platform) and join the #international-students channel where you can chat with other international Gauchos.
We also recognize the combination of political conflicts and COVID-19 are extremely stressful. Please practice self-care, support one another, and reach out to OISS or other campus resources such as CAPS. Other resources can be found here: https://wellbeing.ucsb.edu/.
We look forward to welcoming you to campus in person, as soon as it is safe for all of us to do so. Until then, we are excited to work with you and support you virtually!
In solidarity with our international campus community,
OISS serves UCSB's international community as well as campus departments, faculty, and staff that work with international students and scholars.
Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive environment which supports international students academically, professionally and personally by providing holistic advising on immigration, employment and cultural matters.
OISS wishes to acknowledge the traditional custodians of this place and all land upon which the University is located, and pay our respects to the Chumash Elders past, present and future for they hold the memories, the traditions, and the culture of this area, which has become a place of learning for people from all over the world.
OISS News & Updates
9.02.2020 // Please Take our Fall 2020 Quarter Planning Survey
8.28.2020 // Fall 2020 Updates on Instruction and Campus Housing
8.28.2020 // Employment reporting requirement from SEVP
8.14.2020 // Fall 2020 Travel Updates
8.13.2020 // Beware of COVID Scams
Want to see more of our latest news and archives? Visit our News & Announcements page here: oiss.ucsb.edu/news