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 a Global 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 2023 CALI Training Requirements

There are two required components of CALI training: an online webinar and information pages.

Information Pages - In July, we will send you an email directing you to CALI Training information pages. These pages of our website will introduce you to relevant resources, explain how to maintain a valid visa status, and provide tips for success as a Global Gaucho. 

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

Winter 2024 CALI Training Requirements

There are two required components of CALI training: an online webinar recording and information pages. Most students who are beginning their studies in Winter 2024 will be EAP Reciprocity students on the J-1 visa. 

Information Pages - Read the information pages linked below. These pages of our website will introduce you to relevant resources, explain how to maintain a valid visa status, and provide tips for success as a Global Gaucho. 

Webinar - Watch a recording of the CALI Training Webinar. There is no live webinar that you need to attend. 

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Information Pages

At your own pace, read through the following pages before the academic quarter starts. 



All students are required to attend the virtual CALI Training Webinar. If you cannot attend live, you are required to watch the recording, which will be linked on this page. 

The 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. 

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

No registration is necessary.

Using Zoom

Zoom is the video conferencing platform used by UCSB. OISS uses Zoom to conduct online webinars and meet virtually with students. The CALI Training webinar can be accessed using session-specific link 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 section; this function will be explained during the webinar. 

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

Winter 2024 Start Students

Students who will begin their studies in the Winter 2024 quarter will not need to attend a live webinar. Please view the recording below. 

Watch the Recording

You can watch the recording on our YouTube channel. 


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!



Shoreline is the official campus engagement platform at UCSB. You will find campus resources, student organizations, events, and more on Shoreline! To get started, check out the Shoreline 101 video tutorial

OISS uses Shoreline for all our events. Throughout the year, you can check our Shoreline events page to see what's going on. To find international-oriented events, select the "international" event tag on the main Shoreline events list. 

International Events Tag 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

Online Check-In

Once you arrive in the US, you will submit a few e-forms to check-in via UCSBGlobal. Your online check-in e-forms are due within 5 days of arriving in the US

Failing to submit all check-in e-forms will result in the auto-termination of your SEVIS record and you will have to depart the US. 

Follow these steps to complete your online check-in: 

  1. Log into UCSBGlobal
  2. Navigate to Required Check-In Forms for New Students
  3. Submit the New Student Local Address e-form
  4. Submit the New Student CALI Quiz e-form
  5. Submit the New Student Arrival Documents e-form
    1. This will require downloading your Most Recent I-94 and uploading it to the e-form

While we love meeting our new students, it is not required for you to come to OISS to in-person. Checking-in is done online. You're always welcome to visit us in the Student Resource Building though!

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.