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UC Santa Barbara Pre-Arrival Instructions

Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) and other required notifications​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Contact Information
UCEAP Reciprocity Information
Education Abroad Program
2431 South Hall
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara CA 93106-3040
Phone: (805) 893-5735
Contact: Adrienne Sifontes

Visa & Immigration Information
Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS)
Student Resources Building (SRB) 3130 (third floor)
University of California,Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara CA 93106
Phone: (805) 893-2211
Welcome Guide

Subscribe to the international student listserv to receive and send e-mails about housing, items for sale, events and travel.
Housing is not guaranteed. Be aware that the standard rental agreement for some housing accommodations is nine months or 12 months. Students leaving their housing before the end of the agreement may be subject to a cancellation fee or other penalties as defined in the rental agreement.

Do not sign a contract with more than one housing provider.

Apartments and Residence Halls (UC Housing)

Graduate/Undergraduate Students
University-owned Housing
Application Instructions: EAP students do not need to submit a SIR (Statement of Intent to Register); this is done on students' behalf by EAP. Follow all other instructions. If you submit multiple applications, the last one submitted will be considered active. Applicants will be added to a waitlist.
Application period:  Waitlist opens October 1, 2018

Apartments and Residence Halls (UC-Affiliated Housing)

Undergraduate Students 
Tropicana Villas (Apartments)
Tropicana Villas offers fully-furnished apartment-style and community living. Each apartment has a fully furnished kitchen.
Tropicana Residence Halls 
If you are looking for a residence hall arrangement with a flexible meal plan, Tropicana Gardens is conveniently located within walking distance to UCSB and includes community living activities and all other residence amenities.

Student Housing Cooperatives (Non-UC Housing)

Graduate/Undergraduate Students
Santa Barbara Student Housing Co-Ops
Phone: (805) 685-6964
Application Deadline:  First-come, first-served basis. Add your name to the waitlist for possible placement later in the year.

Community Housing Office- CHO (Non-UC Housing)

Graduate/Undergraduate Students

The Off-campus Rental Listing Service is free to currently enrolled UCSB students. Students can search and/or submit listings for off-campus housing.Check with CHO staff about their list of preferred providers for UCEAP students

Arrival Information & Orientation


When should I arrive? No later than January 3, 2019 and no earlier than December 8, 2018.
You may arrive no more than 30 days prior to the start 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.
Start Date on Certificate of Eligibility (DS-2019): January 7, 2019

Office of International Students and Scholars Events 

CALI Training
CALI stands for California, and it also stands for Cultural Awareness, Laws, and Immigration--issues that have special importance for international students.
Date: January 4, 2019
Time: To be announced
Location: To be announced
Orientation Fee: $50
Notes: Program will be followed by a walking tour; wear comfortable shoes.​​​
Deadline: Complete before the In-Person CALI Training  (Available starting in May 2018)


New Student Check-in
Date: during the CALI Training
InstructionsBring your completed check-in form, passport and DS-2019 with you.
Note: You must check-in in person after your arrival at UCSB.  Check-in is required by immigration regulations.

UCEAP Events

Welcome Reception
Date: To be announced
Time: To be announced
Location: Student Resource Building, Multipurpose Room


Move-In Dates 


Temporary Accommodation (UC Housing)

Student Hotel 
Dates: To be announced

Temporary Accommodation (Non-UC Housing)


Ground Transport to Campus

Costs and times are subject to change.

Course Enrollment

​Course Enrollment Information

Undergraduate Students
Initial Enrollment Period: To be announced

To view your individual appointment time
, select the "Registration Info" in GOLD.
Graduate Students
Graduate students usually register after consultation with the department’s graduate advisor. Check with your host department for registration advising.
Financial Information

​​BARC (Billing Accounts Receivable Collections): View your student account. Financial information is available online. You are responsible for checking your student account regularly and paying any fees that apply.

Paying Fees

International Student ​Orientation Fee: $50 will be billed to your account; orientation includes refreshments.

College of Letters and Sciences Technologies Fee: $2.50 per unit fee is capped at 15 units (for a maximum of $37.50) is assessed only to courses in the College of Letters and Science. The fee will be billed to your student account in the fourth week after the course add/drop deadline.

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

Academic Resources

Campus Learning Assistance Services (CLAS) assists students in their mastery of university-course material through course-specific tutoring and academic skills development.

Library Instruction The library offers a variety of services to help users locate and access information.

Academic Integrity

Health Insurance & Services

2018-19 costs and information are listed below. 

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

Cost: $1,120 per quarter (undergraduates and graduates)

Payment Deadline: Students may pay insurance fees at the cashier’s office on arrival. Fees should be paid by the end of the first week of classes.
Effective Dates: ​​
Fall: September 23, 2018 - January 6, 2019
Winter: January 7, 2019 - March 31, 2019
Spring**: April 1, 2019 - September 21, 2019
*If you are a registered student spring quarter, your spring SHIP fee provides coverage through the end of the summer.

Health Requirements and Recommendations 
Deadline: September 1, 2018 (mid-October hold will impact winter 2019 enrollment)

Waiver Information
Waiver Criteria
Glossary of Insurance Terms

Waiver Deadlines: 
Fall:  September 14, 2018 (accepted September 1-14 with $50 late fee)
Winter:  December 1, 2018 (accepted December 1-25 with $50 late fee)
Spring: March 1, 2019 (accepted March 1-19 with $50 late fee)