Student Services and Resources
Corner of Gilman and Library Walk
Mail Code 0018
Fax: (858) 534-0909
The International Students and Programs Office (ISPO) offers a wide array of services and programs for international students and their dependents at UC San Diego in an effort to support their legal stay in the U.S. and help them achieve their personal, academic, and professional goals. In addition, the office provides a variety of high-quality enrichment programs and cross-cultural activities designed to expand international student integration at UC San Diego and in the local community and provide opportunities for domestic students so they can obtain international experiences at home.
During the year, International Students and Programs Office serves nearly 2,400 students. Most international students come to UC San Diego to enroll in degree programs. Some come as visiting students participating in the University of California Education Abroad Program, Fulbright, and other programs, and still others come to take classes, do research, and be mentored by UC San Diego faculty—experiences to take back and apply to degree programs in their home countries. In addition, the International Students and Programs Office serves more than one hundred UC San Diego academic departments and units (such as Admissions and Relations with Schools, Office of Graduate Studies, and Registrar’s Office) in their efforts to admit, enroll, and employ international students.
The International Students and Programs Office also provides services such as Form I-20/DS-2019 issuance, check-in, new student orientation, SEVIS registration, one-on-one advising, group advising, workshops, support services for complying with various I-94 statuses, support in applying for a visa, employment authorization, international travel, financial planning, health insurance, planning future activities in the United States, and advising regarding immigration, practical, or personal issues. Furthermore, the International Students and Programs Office provides advising and application support for Social Security numbers, California state drivers’ licenses, nonresident alien tax returns, as well as various immigration services and benefits.