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. Sign up using the form below, or just join us using the information here.

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.

Upcoming Video Chats:
Please watch the brief Arriving in the US video prior to this chat.

Arriving at UCSB
Answers to your last minute questions with OISS advisors
Wednesday, August 8, at 8:30 am PDT

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

Or iPhone one-tap :
US: +16699006833,,803897261# or +16468769923,,803897261#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 876 9923
Meeting ID: 803 897 261
International numbers available:

Or an H.323/SIP room system:
H.323: (US West) (US East) (China) (India) (EMEA) (Australia) (Hong Kong) (Brazil) (Canada)
Meeting ID: 803 897 261


Wed Aug 8, 2018 8:30am – 9:30amPacific Time - Los Angeles

Upcoming Video Chats

Arriving in California
Questions and answers about arrival options and any other questions.
Wednesday, August 15 at 4:00 pm PDT
Wednesday, August 22 at 8:30 am PDT
Wednesday, August 29 at 4:00 pm PDT

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.
UCSB status

Which sessions would you like to attend?

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)
  3. 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 PDT
    Wednesday, June 27 at 8:30 am PDT