Welcome International Gauchos!

OISS provides services and advising to international students and scholars, as well as the departments that support them. Please take a look at our digital brochure below to learn about international Gauchos at UCSB, OISS services, and to meet the team! You can also download our guide by clicking the button below.

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Remote Operations

OISS staff are currently working remotely. Advisors are available by email, phone, or zoom. Please email OISS to set up an appointment. J-1 Scholars, please email the J-1 Scholar advisors directly.

  • 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. You are welcome to fill it out electronically and use a digital signature.
    • How do I request an advising appointment?
      • Email oiss@sa.ucsb.edu to request an advising appointment. Our intake team will provide you with a link to schedule a Zoom appointment via UCSB Shoreline. Please follow the scheduling instructions closely. 
      • New! Starting in Fall 2020, OISS will be offering expanded advising hours, from 6AM - 7PM, to accommodate more students in international time-zones.
    • 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. 
  • I'm an international scholar:
    • ​​​​​​​All international scholar 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.
  • I have a question about CALI training, programming or events:

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 Staff

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.


Visit our events page to view all events and find registration information!

Grad Success Series
Webinar: Fall 2020 Immigration & Academics During COVID


International Student Career Workshop CPT