Get ready for CALI! CALI stands for California, and it also stands for Cultural Awareness, Laws, and Immigration--issues that have special importance for international students.

If you are an incoming international student, you are mandated (required) by Federal Immigration Policy to attend OISS CALI Training. OISS staff are excited to provide you with this training where you will receive a lot of important information, but also as an opportunity to welcome you to UCSB! We hope that you'll use this time to make some friends and get to know the friendly staff of OISS as well. Please see below for more information.

PART 1: Online (Summer Prep)

CALI Online is an online course help you prepare before you arrive, including information about immigration requirements and planning your move to UCSB. It is required. There is a quiz at the end to confirm your understanding of some important concepts. CALI Online uses the GauchoSpace platform so you can start becoming familiar it (many of your classes will use GauchoSpace, too).

CALI Online for 2020 is available now! On July 1, emails were sent from GauchoSpace to students with a link for your CALI Online class.

If you did not receive an email from GauchoSpace, you can enroll as a "Course Crasher."

  1. Log in to GauchoSpace using your UCSB NetID and password
  2. Find the session of CALI Online for you:
    1. CALI 2020 (first year/freshman undergraduates) 
    2. CALI 2020 (transfer students from another college)
    3. CALI 2020 (graduate students)
  3. Use the "Course Crasher" option to add the course. 

OISS advisors and staff have years of experience welcoming new students, so we hope that you will find the information in CALI Online useful. We have answered a lot of questions over the years!


PART 2: Virtual CALI Training (Fall Orientation)

CALI Training is our Fall orientation program typically offered once you arrive at UCSB, during the week prior to the start of classes. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we will not be able to host CALI Training in person this year.

However, we are excited to deliver CALI training to you virtually! You'll be receiving a completely online orientation experience, along with helpful modules that will be released to you throughout the Fall 2020 quarter. 

Virtual CALI begins on September 23, 2020, and will be delivered to you asynchronously. Pay close attention to your UCSB email for CALI training instructions.

Virtual CALI for Undergraduate Students

Virtual CALI for Graduate Students


Please note that there is a $30 fee for the mandated Virtual CALI. Because all of your CALI training will be delivered to your remotely, we have significantly reduced the cost. The fee will be used to host welcome events for this incoming class when we are finally able to welcome you to UCSB in person. The fee will be automatically charged to your student BARC (Billing and Accounts Receivable) account.