New! Expanded Advising Hours:

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, the student advising team is currently offering expanded advising hours & services! 

Expanded advising hours: Monday - Friday, between the hours of 6:00 AM - 7:00 PM U.S. Pacific Time, based on individual advisor availability.

List of Advising Services:

  • Approval of student requests
  • Virtual one-on-one advising by appointment
  • Virtual drop-in advising
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How To Submit a Request For Approval

  1. Visit our Forms page.

  2. Find the request form that applies to you.

  3. Download the form, and read the included instructions thoroughly.
    Make note of the minimum processing time located on the top right corner of the form.

  4. Fill out the form accurately and completely (electronic is okay.)

  5. Submit your form to

  6. Wait for an advisor to contact you with your approval. 


Tips for Success/ Gentle Reminders

  • Submit your requests early!
  • Please submit your request only once.
  • Allow our intake team at least 5 business days to respond.
  • The minimum processing time begins from the time your complete and accurate form has been received.
  • Multiple emails regarding the same request or inquiry will slow down our response time.
  • It takes us time to respond to all inquiries, but we do so as quickly as we can.

How To Meet With A Student Advisor

The OISS student team is currently offering an expanded advising schedule:

Monday - Friday, between the hours of 6:00 AM - 7:00 PM U.S. Pacific Time, based on individual advisor availability.

If you would like to meet with an advisor, you have two options:

  1. Virtual Front Desk Drop-in
  2. Schedule An Appointment 

If you just have a quick, general question, then we encourage you to use the virtual front desk drop-in option.

If you have a more personal, in-depth question, then one-on-one advising is encouraged so that you can share your personal circumstances with an advisor in privacy. 



Virtual Front Desk Drop-ins

The OISS student advising team is excited to announce its new Virtual Front Desk Drop-ins service. Before UCSB transitioned to remote learning due to COVID-19, students used to be able to drop by our office and ask us quick questions. We miss that!

Instead, we are delivering a new service where you can "drop in" to our virtual front desk and ask an advisor your quick, general questions. Click the button below to be taken to the Virtual Front Desk Drop-In webpage with more instructions.

Virtual Front Desk Drop-Ins


Schedule An Advising Appointment 

If you have a more personal, in-depth question, then we recommend that you meet with an advisor one-on-one. This is so that you can provide your personal circumstances to your advisor in privacy, and so that the advisor can provide you with advice that's tailored to your unique question or circumstance. 

To promote the most seamless experience for students as possible, advisors are assigned by your last name.

To schedule an appointment:

  1. Find the advisor associated with your last name in the table to the right.

  2. Click on your advisor's Shoreline scheduling link.
  3. Select your appointment date & time.
  4. Follow the provided instructions.
  5. Log into Zoom at your scheduled appointment time.

What if my assigned advisor's availability conflicts with my availability?

Our advising hours are Monday through Friday, between the hours of 6:00 AM - 7:00 PM U.S. Pacific Time. Please note that our advisors provide appointments during this window of time, based on availability, and are not available for the entirety of this timeframe. If your assigned advisor (associated with your last name) is not available during your desired day or time each week, please contact your assigned advisor via email so that they can help arrange an appointment with a different advisor. 

Advising Team Alphabet Split by Last Name

Last NameS


Scheduling LInk


A - D

Ashley Rifkin Schedule with Ashley  
E, K Erik Williams Schedule with Erik  
F, H, L-M Madison Motoyasu Schedule with Madison  
I, J, N-V Nicole Morgan Schedule with Nicole  
W, Z Trevor Brandt Schedule with Trevor  
G, X-Y Cristina Carney Schedule with Cristina


Visit our People Directory if you'd like to get to know more about your advisor and find their contact information!