Video Chats

Sometimes the best way to get information is to talk to someone. OISS invites you to participate in our video chat answer sessions. Led by OISS staff, these sessions are intended for you to ask questions before you arrive on campus.

OISS uses ZOOM to host these online sessions. You can participate using your computer, app, or just phone in (you are not required to have video or a camera to listen in). You do not need any special equipment.

Please sign up using the form below for the session(s) you are interested in.

We will email information on how to connect over the internet or by phone. Instructions will be sent at 1-2 days prior to the video chat.

Upcoming Video Chats

  1. Health Care in America
    Questions and answers about staying healthy at UCSB
    Related: Please watch these brief videos in advance:

    Wednesday, June 20 at 4:00 pm PST
    Wednesday, June 27 at 8:30 am PST
  2. Arriving in California
    Questions and answers about arrival options
    Wednesday, August 15 at 4:00 pm PST
    Wednesday, August 22 at 8:30 am PST

Video chats are just one opportunity to connect with OISS and learn from others' questions and answers. Feel free to email with your new student questions.

Do you have a suggestion for a session topic? Email your request to!

Please enter a valid email where we can send instructions on participating.
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Past Video Chats:

  1. Getting Your Student Visa
    Related video "YOUR STUDENT VISA"

    Questions and answers about the student visa process with advisor Erik Williams
    Wednesday, May 30 at 8:30 am PST
  2. Preparing for UCSB: Information for Students, Parents, and Families
    Questions and answers with OISS Director Simran Singh
    Related video PREPARING FOR UCSB and SUPPORTING YOUR STUDENT (for parents and families)
    Wednesday, June 6 at 4:00 pm PST
    Wednesday, June 13 at 8:30 am PST (with Mandarin support for parents)