Newly Admitted Students

Selecting the Right Visa for You

This section outlines the differences between an F-1 and J-1 visa to help you select the best visa type for your studies.

F-1 Students

This section outlines how to receive your I-20 from OISS to apply for the F-1 student visa.

Transfer Students

This section outlines how to transfer from your current American High School or Community College. This also applies to newly admitted Graduate students transferring their SEVIS record from another university.

J-1 Degree Students

This section outlines how to receive your DS-2019 from OISS to apply for the J-1 student visa. Specifically designed for students receiving a degree from UCSB.

J-1 EAP Students

This section outlines how to receive your DS-2019 from OISS to apply for the J-1 student visa. Specifically designed for visiting exchange students who are studying at UCSB for 1 to 3 quarters.

International Student Portal

A guide on how to use the International Student Portal to upload documents and enter required information so OISS can issue your I-20 or DS-2019.

Applying for Your Student Visa

How to apply for your student visa at the United States consulate.

How to Pay for Tuition

This outlines how to pay for your tuition from outside the United States.

Pre-Arrival Video Chats

This contains recordings of our Pre-Arrival Video Chats

Arrival Information

What to expect when arriving at the border and travelling to UCSB.

CALI Training

Required training for all new incoming students to learn about immigration regulations and campus resources.