CALI Training Is Required For All Incoming International Students

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

If you are an incoming international student, you are mandated (required) by Federal Immigration Policy to complete OISS CALI training. It will help prepare you for academic, social, and professional success as an international Gaucho at UCSB, a world-class research university. OISS staff are excited to provide you with this training where you will receive a lot of important information and a warm welcome 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. 

Fall 2022 CALI Training Requirements: Webinars, Tutorial, and Email Series

There are three main components of CALI training: webinars, a video tutorial, and emails.

Webinars - Over the summer, you will need to virtually attend the CALI Training Webinar Series. If you are not able to attend the webinar live, you may view the recording on this page.  

Video Tutorial - Before you begin your studies at UCSB, you should watch our video tutorial about how to maintain a valid visa status. See the section below to choose the correct tutorial for your visa status. 

Email Series - You will also be receiving a bi-weekly email once the quarter begins. In this email series, we will provide important information and resources to ensure your academic success and personal enrichment during your time here at UCSB. If you need to refer to the emails later, you can do so using the email archive below. We know that starting your first quarter at UCSB will be hectic, and you'll be expected to absorb a lot of information at once. That's why we will be releasing information to you throughout the quarter, so that you don't get overwhelmed. This will be important information, so we want to make sure you'll be able to retain it!




Each webinar has two sessions to accommodate different time zones. The session content is identical and you only need to attend one or the other. There is no need to attend both sessions. You should attend each webinar though. If you miss a webinar, don't worry! After the webinar occurs, a recording of it will by hyperlinked in the descriptions below. 

All times are listed in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). We recommend using a time zone converting tool like this one

Incoming students are automatically registered for all webinars. A few weeks before the webinar, you can expect an email containing webinar access instructions. 


Preparing for UCSB - Webinar will discuss what to expect when entering the U.S., transportation from the airport to UCSB, opening a U.S. bank account, a brief employment policy overview, obtaining a Social Security Number (SSN), COVID-19 Vaccination requirements, and more. 

View recording on YouTube here

Meet the Director & Assistant Director - Parents and students are encouraged to attend this webinar, which is hosted by the OISS Director & Assistant Director. Topics will include UCSB campus resources, supporting students from abroad, an explanation of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and more. 

View recording on YouTube here. 

Student Life - Webinar is all about being a Global Gaucho: getting involved on campus, time management, making friends, roommate relationships, navigating Shoreline, and more. 

View recording on YouTube here. 

Using Zoom

Zoom is the video conferencing platform used by UCSB. OISS uses Zoom to conduct online webinars and meet virtually with students. All CALI Training webinars can be accessed using session-specific links below. We recommend downloading the Zoom application before the webinar. 

When it's time for the webinar to begin, click the Zoom link below for the session you are trying to enter. When you open the Zoom webinar, your camera and microphone will not be on. You will see the OISS staff, but we will not be able to see or hear you. If you have a question during the webinar, you will be able to type it into the Question & Answer function; this function will be explained during the webinar. 

We recommend checking out UCSB's Zoom page, which includes several helpful Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). 

Webinar Schedule

webinar topic


session 1

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Preparing for UCSB

Meet the Director & Assistant Director (for Parents and Students)

Student Life

July 6

July 13

July 20

9 - 10 am Zoom link

9 - 10 am Zoom link

9 - 10 am Zoom link

5 - 6 pm Zoom link

5 - 6 pm Zoom link

5 - 6 pm Zoom link



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Video Tutorial


Watch the video tutorial associated with your visa status before classes begin. 

F-1 Students 

All information mentioned in the video tutorial is detailed on this page of our website. 

J-1 Degree-seeking Students

If you're a J-1 student seeking a Bachelor's, Master's, or Doctorate degree, this video is for you. All information mentioned in the tutorial is detailed on this page of our website. 

J-1 EAP Students (Non-Degree-seeking)

If you're a J-1 student participating in the Education Abroad Program (EAP), this video is for you. All information mentioned in the tutorial is detailed on this page of our website. 

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Email Series

Once the quarter begins, so does the CALI Training email series. Bi-weekly emails about academic and personal success will arrive in your UCSB email inbox. Be sure to read through the entirety of each email.

If you wish to reference the emails later, you may do so in the archive on the right. 

Welcome Events

We look forward to welcoming you in-person! Welcome events are a great way to socialize with fellow students, meet the OISS staff, and embrace your new life as a Global Gaucho. 

All Week of Welcome events are posted on Shoreline!

Is there a fee for CALI Training?

Yes, the CALI Training fee assessed by OISS helps to support a variety of services provided to our international students, including orientation, student visa assistance, international student advising, programs to help integrate international students into academic and student life at UC Santa Barbara, and funding to comply with federally mandated regulations.

Undergraduate: $125

SEVIS Transfer Students: $125

Graduate: $75

EAP: $75

Information about UCSB Orientation Programs

Please note that the required CALI training is separate from the Orientation Programs that are offered by UCSB. We highly encourage you to participate so that you can get the same experience as all UCSB incoming freshmen! Visit the UC Santa Barbara Orientation Programs & Parent Services website for more information.