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UC San Diego Pre-Arrival Instructions

Contact Information

International Students & Programs Office, 0018
9500 Gilman Dr
University of California
La Jolla CA 92093-0018

Phone: (858) 534-3730
Fax: (858) 534-0909

The Six-College System

All UCEAP Reciprocity students are randomly assigned to one of UCSD’s six colleges.  Since UCSD was founded, six colleges have been established: Revelle College, John Muir College, Thurgood Marshall College, Earl Warren College, Eleanor Roosevelt College, or Sixth College. 
Each college is headed by a provost and has its own deans of academic advising, student affairs, and residential life, who provide a support system for students.  While you won’t be following UCSD college general education requirements, your college academic advisors are available for assistance and can help you in navigating through the university policies and procedures; including deadlines, academic rules, and university regulations.
You will also have the opportunity to work with departmental advisors concerning course enrollment, pre-requisites, and discuss possible transferability of courses to your home university.
Housing is not guaranteed. Be aware that the standard rental agreement for some housing accommodations is nine months (or until the end of the academic year for students arriving in January). Students leaving their housing before the end of the agreement may be subject to a cancellation fee.

International House (UC Housing)

Address: Office of the Director of International House, 9500 Gilman Drive 0550, University of California, La Jolla CA 92093-0550
Phone: (858) 822-1791
Fax: (858) 534-0550
Application Requirements: Student must have an active UCSD PID.
Application Period: On-line application open from May 23 through June 14, 2013
Application Fee Required: None
Deposit Required: No deposit necessary, but $650 pre-payment required upon return of contract.
Method of Payment Options: International money order, cashier's check, or traveler's checks in U.S. dollars payable to UC Regents accepted. Travelex/Western Union also accepted.
Notification of Housing Assignments: Selection results will be emailed to your UCSD email address at the end of June, 2013.  If you do not receive a notification, e-mail the ERC Residence Life Office.

The International House is the primary on-campus accommodation for Reciprocity students. Admission to I-House is extremely competitive and primarily based on the willingness of the applicant to be an active member of the I-House community.

Give yourself adequate time to fill out the application completely.
It will be read and is an important part of the I-House selection process. Unfortunately, some qualified applicants may not be admitted due to limited space.

Read the I-House FAQs before applying.

UCSD Smoke-free Policy: This campuswide policy will apply beginning September 1, 2013.

Move-In Date: September 21, 2013.  UCEAP students have the option to move-in early beginning Wednesday, September 18, 2013. Students attending the orientation will benefit from a reduced rate of $31.00 USD per additional day (normally $50.00 USD).

On-Campus Housing

Undergraduate students
NOTE:  In case Reciprocity students cannot be accommodated at I-House (see above),  students may apply to live in other on-campus housing by adding their name to the waitlist.

All on-campus housing for Fall 2013 is already full. We encourage you to pursue off-campus houisng options.
Contact: Cathy Incandela
(858) 534-7399
Undergraduate Housing Waitlist Open Dates: 
Fall 2013: May 1 through October 31, 2013                                                                               
Notes: Contracts are for the entire academic year or the end of your UCSD enrollment if it is before the end of the Spring Quarter 2013.

UCEAP Reciprocity students do not need to have an UCSD Personal Identification Number (PID) to add their names to the waitlist. If you do not yet have a UCSD PID, enter your UC Application ID number in the PID number box on the form. Choose any College.

Community Housing (Non-UC Housing)

Graduate/Undergraduate students
Off Campus Housing Office
Address: Commuter Student Services, Commuter Student Services, Price Center East, Level 1, 9500 Gilman Drive, University of California, La Jolla, CA 92093-0309

Phone: (858) 534-3670
Fax: (858) 534-7364
If you do not yet have a PID and password, e-mail or call the off-campus office. Write "please provide temporary housing password" in your e-mail, and identify yourself as an UCEAP Reciprocal Exchange participant. The OCH office will assign you a User ID and Password to use on the temporary login site, accessible from the Search Listings (top item on the menu on the left side of the OCH web site page).

Other Housing Resources (Non-UC Housing)

Students should be aware that this housing is not UC sponsored or endorsed and that it not advisable to rent prior to arrival when you can visit the rental in person.


Arrival Information & Orientation


When should I arrive?: No later than September 18, 2013
You may arrive no more than 30 days prior to the date printed on your visa certificate of eligibility (DS-2019). Students who do not have pre-arranged housing are advised to arrive as early as possible.
Date on Certificate of Eligibility (DS-2019): September 19, 2013
International Student Orientation and Check-in (Mandatory)
Date: September 19, 2013 
Time:  8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Pepper Canyon Hall 109  (see map)
Instructions: See the list of items you must take to the check-in for review.

Move-In Dates

I-Housing Move-In Date: September 21, 2013.  UCEAP students have the option to move in beginning September 18, 2013.  The special early arrival daily rate of $31.00 USD (normally $50.00 USD) will apply for all students attending the international student orientation.  

Temporary Accommodations (Non-UC)

Temporary Housing Options (from the International Students and Programs Office)

Ground Transport to Campus

Course Enrollment
Department Links
Schedule of Classes
Course Catalog
WebReg Tutorial
Enrollment and Registration Calendar
Enrollment: Begins June 10, 2013; View your appointment times in TritonLink.
Students must have their PID (Personal Identification) number to enroll in courses. To obtain your PID, go to my application and click on First Time User?” to complete the required personal information for your student account. Your UC application ID number can be obtained from your home university international office.
Graduate Students
Graduate students usually register after consultation with the department’s graduate advisor. Check with your host department for registration advising.
Financial Information

Your E-Bill: UCSD sends an E-Bill notice to your UCSD-issued e-mail address when your bill is ready to be viewed and paid. You are responsible for checking your student account regularly and paying any fees that apply.

Paying Fees

Health Insurance Fees: Fees will be billed to your account each quarter.  See Health Insurance & Services information below.

Academic Resources
UCSD Writing Center Academic support for undergraduates
OASIS Office of Academic Support and Instructional Services
Health Insurance & Services

Costs and information for 2013-14 are listed below. 

Requirement: Students are automatically enrolled in the University’s Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), unless they complete a waiver form that provides proof of equivalent coverage and are approved for waiver.

Cost: $484.00 per quarter (undergraduates); $957.00 per quarter (graduates)
Billing: Each quarter
Payment Deadline: Health fees must be paid by the deadline listed on the Enrollment and Registration Calendar. Pay as soon as you arrive on campus.
Effective Dates:
Fall: September 23, 2013 - January 1, 2014 (Special effective date for international students attending orientation is September 16, 2013) 
Winter: January 2, 2014 - March 26, 2014
Spring*: March 27, 2014 - September 28, 2014
*Insurance under SHIP for eligible students enrolled for the Spring quarter will extend through the end of summer.

Waiver Information (Waiver requests are submitted through TritonLink)
Waiver Deadlines:
Waiver Deadline
(no late fee)
Late Waiver Deadline
($50 late waiver fee)
Health Requirements:  Mandatory online TB screening
Deadline: July 31, 2013