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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 CA 93106-3040
Phone: (805) 893-5735
Contact: Adrienne Wheeler

Visa & Immigration Information
Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS)
Student Resources Building (SRB) 3130 (third floor)
University of California
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. To Subscribe to this email list, send an e-mail to ISABIZ-L-SUBSCRIBE-REQUEST@LISTSERV.UCSB.EDU To Unsubscribe, send an e-mail to ISABIZ-L-SIGNOFF-REQUEST@LISTSERV.UCSB.EDU

KIOSK: UCSB student handbook and a great resource for local information.
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.

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. Late applicants will be added to a waiting list.
Application period: October 1, 2016- January 5, 2017
Method of Payment Options: Student's BARC account will automatically be billed.
Notification of Housing Assignments: Apartment and roommate assignments are generally e-mailed by the end of August for fall students and by the end of December for winter students.

Apartments and Residence Halls (UC-Affiliated Housing)

Undergraduate Students - Winter and Winter/Spring students 
Tropicana Villas (Apartments)
Address: 811 Camino Pescadero, Isla Vista CA 93117
Tropicana Villas offers fully-furnished apartment-style and community living. Each apartment has a fully furnished kitchen.

Application (Select the Lease Now button)
Application Notes: You will receive further instructions by e-mail.
Tropicana Residence Halls - Standard Lease
Address: El Colegio Rd, Isla Vista CA 93117
If you are looking for a residence hall arrangement with a meal plan, these halls are good options. They are conveniently located in walking distance to UCSB and include community living activities and all other residence amenities.
Application Notes: You will receive further instructions by e-mail.
To apply for a space in a residence hall with meal plan, -select Tropicana Del Norte and Tropicana Gardens Residence Hall as your community of primary interest. Under “Select your Community and Duration of your Lease"- select UCSB- Tropicana Del Norte and Tropicana Gardens Residence Hall.


Student Housing Cooperatives (Non-UC Housing)

Graduate/Undergraduate Students
Santa Barbara Student Housing Co-Ops
Office Address:
777 Camino Pescadero, Goleta CA 93117-4819
Phone: (805) 685-6964
Application Deadline:  First-come, first-served basis. Currently there are no openings at the Coop but you are welcome add your name to the waitlist for possible placement later in the year.
Deposit Required: $40 membership fee (non-refundable); Refundable deposit is twice the cost of the room charge. Payable upon arrival.
Method of Payment Options: International money order or travelers check.
Notification of Housing Assignments: Sent by e-mail.
A limited number of assignments are reserved for international students. The living environment of the Co-Op emphasizes community, cooperation, and responsibility. Residents are expected to make a contribution to the care of their surroundings through our service program, participation in meal preparation, house chores and meetings.

Community Housing Office- CHO (Non-UC Housing)

Graduate/Undergraduate Students
Address: University Center, Room 3151 (third floor), University of California, Santa Barbara CA 93106-7160
Phone: (805) 893-4371

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

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. Beware of scams- Do not send money in advance to anyone you meet online.
Arrival Information & Orientation


When should I arrive?: No later than ​January 5, 2017
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 9, 2017

Office of International Students and Scholars Events 

CALI Training (Mandatory)
CALI stands for California, and it also stands for Cultural Awareness, Laws, and Immigration--issues that have special importance for international students.
Date: January 6, 2017
Time:  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Orientation Fee: $50 will be charged to your BARC account
Notes: Program will be followed by a walking tour; wear comfortable shoes.​​​


Online CALI Training (Mandatory) ​

Deadline: Complete before the In-Person CALI Training on January 6, 2017.
1) Log in to 
GauchoSpace using your UCSBNetID and password.
2) Go to the "Courses" link.  Under "Project Sites", select  
CALI ONLINE (Education Abroad Program - Winter 2017). 
3) On the CALI ONLINE page, select "Enroll in this Course" from the right sidebar.​


Date: January 6, 2017 during the CALI Training
Instructions: Bring your passport and DS-2019 with you to check-in.
Note: You must check-in in person after your arrival at UCSB.  Check-in is required by immigration regulations.

UCEAP Events

Welcome Reception: Snacks and coffee provided.
Date: To be announced
Time: To be announced
Location: To be announced

Move-In Dates


 Temporary Accommodation (Non-UC Housing)


Ground Transport to Campus

Costs and times are subject to change.

Course Enrollment

​Course Enrollment Information

Undergraduate Students
Enrollment Period  
To view your pass time, select the "Registration Info" option in GOLD.
Pass 1: Begins October 29, 2016 
Pass 2: Begins November 12, 2016
Pass 3: Begins December 16, 2016
Students will receive a student perm number for registration by e-mail.
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 (amount to be confirmed for fall 2016) 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 below.

Academic Resources

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

Health Insurance & Services

2016-17 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: $1,050 per quarter (undergraduates and graduates)
Billing: Each quarter
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 17, 2016 - January 8, 2017
Winter: January 9, 2017 - April 2, 2017
Spring**: April 3, 2017 - September 23, 2017 
*Students required to be on campus during the period from September 1 - 16, 2016 may purchase SHIP at a rate of $8.48 per day on a voluntary basis.
*If you are a registered student spring quarter, your spring SHIP fee provides coverage through the end of the summer.

Health Requirements and Recommendations (Mandatory) Upload your documents here.
Waiver Deadlines: (Waiver site opens June 1, 2016)
Fall:  September 1, 2016 (accepted through September 22 with $50 late fee)
Winter:  December 1, 2016 (accepted through January 9 with $50 late fee)
Spring: March 1, 2017 (accepted through April 3 with $50 late fee)