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Global Education units write a series of informative newsletters and ebulletins that provide valuable information and activity updates for students, faculty, staff and external stakeholders. 


Global Education Newsletter 2020-2021

FALL 2020 New Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Public Health, Global Ed Launches Two New Student Exchange Programs in Switzerland, the Importance of International Education featured in Triton Tools and Tidbits Podcast, UC San Diego Has Eighth Largest International Student Population in U.S., Study Abroad Co-Hosts UC-wide Study Abroad Virtual Expo, and an International Scholar Discusses Life and Research Before and After the Pandemic
Immigration Updates, Orientation-Palooza, Summer Programming Firsts, Virtual Abroad and Domestic Study Away Programs, IFSO Scholar Snapshot, and Making Sense of Presidential Proclamations

Global Education Newsletter 2019-2020


Fulbright Day 2020, New Exchange Agreements with Kyoto and Southampton, Study Abroad Cumulative Statistics, IFSO Family Support, the Fulbright 2020-2021 Catalog for Scholars Available, ISPO Fall 2019 Snapshot



COVID-19 Issue: How the Director's Office, IFSO, ISPO and Study Abroad Responded to COVID-19 and Our Short-Term and Long-Term Plans for Programs

FALL 2019

ACE Advisor David Fleshler Visits UC San Diego, New Partnership Database, Out of the Woods Orientation, IFSO Open House, International Scholar Dossier, Study Abroad EXPO Fair, and Information on Global Seminars



ACE Internationalization Lab, Robert Schooley, M.D. is New Interim Faculty Director, Increasing LatinX Participation in Study Abroad, Large Increase in Students Going Abroad, New Pre-Arrival Programs, Miguel Velez Scholarship Luncheon, UC San Diego 7th in U.S. for International Researchers, EB-1b Cases Outsourced from IFSO

Global Education Newsletter 2018-2019


Fulbright Day 2019, New Exchange Agreement with Ecole Polytechnique, ISPO Chinese Pronunciation Workshop, Intercultural Communications Workshop, Study Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation, Advisors Tool Kit for Study Abroad, Scholar Spotlight- Christoforos Mamas, and the Fulbright Scholar Program



Fulbright Day 2019, Academic Integration Grants for Study Abroad, Global Seminars, Post-Graduate Support for International Students, UC San Diego Ranked as One of the Top Performers in the UC System, Scholar Spotlight- Jingyi Yu, and Tax Season Information


FALL 2018

Mexico Mobility Workshop at UC San Diego, International Education Week 2018, Study Abroad Expo, Tell Your Global Story Opportunity, Fall New Student Orientation, Resources for Advising International Students, Scholar Spotlight- Saikat Chakraborty Thakur, and GE Directors Featured on NPR



iCenter is now Global Education, Partnership and Program Development Information for Faculty and Staff, Study Abroad Scholarships, Global Concentrations, UC San Diego is #11 in Country for International Scholars, UC San Diego Top 50 Colleges for International Students, Scholar Spotlight- Michael Yip, and UC San Diego is #8 in Country for Top Hosting Institution of International Scholars

News and Updates from the

International Students & Programs Office (ISPO)

Continuing International Students – Weekly Updates (Winter 2021)

MAR 4, 2021

Special Considerations for Winter 2021 Graduates Applying to Graduate School, U.S. Department of States Announces Phased Resumption of Routine Visa Services, USCIS Extends Flexibilities to Certain Applicants Filing Form I-765 for OPT, Deadline for Graduate Students to Drop With "W" Grade on Transcript, Options for International Students After Graduation, Spring Break Guide, Intercultural Social Hour – Virtual Scavenger Hunt, ISPO Chats, Triton Trekkers: Moonlight Grove Hike

FEB 25, 2021

Misconceptions about Optional Practical Training (OPT), Check Your I-20 or DS-2019 Program End Date, Options after Graduating from UC San Diego, WATCH: Tutorial: COVID-19 Self-Test Vending Machines, Triton Tools & Tidbits Podcast, iCafe- Your Passport to Culture: South Korea, Culture Shock & Mental Health Workshop, ISPO Chats, Triton Trekkers: Moonlight Grove Hike, Spring Break Connection Program- Virtual Scavenger Hunt, Let's Talk, National College Health Assessment

FEB 19, 2021 iPortal System Maintenance, Address Update Requirements, Document Self Check for Spring 2021 Arrivals, Immigration and OPT Webinars, iCafe Vietnam, Art & Soul DIY Macrame, International Student Experience Survey, Spring Break Connection Program Virtual Scavenger Hunt, My SSP Mental Health Resource, Let's Talk, Regional Meet-Ups
FEB 11, 2021 2/15 ISPO Office Closure: President's Day Holiday,  Download the Official UC San Diego Mobile App to Receive iPortal Status Updates, Enrollment for Spring 2021 Begins for Continuing Students,  Tuesday: Tax Webinar: Form 8843 - Register Now!, 2/19 Immigration Webinar, Judge Rules STEM OPT Program Lawful, Change of Academic Degree Level , International Travel for International Students to Mexico or Canada,  My Student Support Program (SSP), Volunteers Needed at the RIMAC Vaccination Station, iCafe- Your Passport to Culture: Italy, iTable Food Security Q&A for International Students, Intercultural Social Hour, Art & Soul: Macramé Plant Hanger DIY-- ISPO & The Zone, Regional Meet-Ups
FEB 4, 2021 Information on Paid Employment on F1/J1 Visas and Dropping Below 12 units, Graduate School Preparation for International Students Program, Apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) or J-1 Academic Training (AT), Other Options for International Students After Graduation, ISPO Chats, iCafe- Your Passport to Culture: Colombia, Let's Talk, Triton Trekkers: Tide Pool at Scripps, Take a Triton to Work - Spring Break
JAN 29, 2021 ISPO's Virtual Advising Services Requiring Student Sign-In ,  Tuberculosis and Immunization Requirements: Account Holds Starting 2/1, Diploma Mailing Address, Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Statement. Tax Workshops,  SEVP Announces Rescission of Implementation of New Unit, the OPT Employment Compliance Unit, New COVID-Related Travel Restrictions, Let's Talk, My Student Support Program, Tritons Go! Wellness Challenge, Alumni 101: Securing a Job and Exploring Grad School in the United Kingdom,  ISPO Chats
JAN 22 2021 Check your Triton Holds & Learn to Resolve Them, Know Your Rights with U.S. Law Enforcement, Biden Admin Ends Travel Ban, Executive Order on Safety in Domestic and Intl Travel, CBP Extends Canada/ Mexico Land Entry Restrictions but Students Considered Essential Travelers, Social Security Office Updates, Dept of Labor Final Rule on Wage Competitiveness, Alumni 101 in China, English in Action Conversation Program AS Global Human Rights and Freedom Committee
JAN 14 2021 Required Proof of Neg COVID-19 Test Result to Enter U.S. by Air, Deadline to Add Classes, Deadline to Apply for Part-Time Status, Filing U.S. Tax Forms for 2020, USCIS Modifies H-1B Selection Process and Prevailing Wage Rulings, GET CCR Opportunity, International Graduate Student Social, iCafe-Your Passport to Culture- Egypt, Intercultural Communication Workshop, Virtual Volunteering Opportunities, Triton Trekkers
JAN 7 2021 Complete Your Document Check-In, Full-Time Enrollment Requirements, Search for Employment with Career Services, Continued SEVP/ DOS Guidance for Winter and Spring, Pres Proclamation to Suspend H1-B Visas, Phased Resumption of Visa Services Worldwide, Visa Interview Waiver Eligibility Waiver Expanded, Let's Talk, Winter Quarter Grad Social, ISPO Chats, Changemaker Week, Winter Services and Academic Support Fair, Regional Meet-Ups

Continuing International Students - Weekly Updates (Fall 2020)

DEC 17 2020
Happy Holidays from ISPO, Office Closures During Winter Break, Important Information for Travelers, Test Now, Test Often, Let's Talk Wellness, Consultation Program, Winter Break Guide
DEC 10 2020
CA, San Diego Issue Stay at Home Order, New Immigration and Campus Policy Updates Positively Impact International Students, ISPO suspends In-Person Document Pick-Up, ISPO Office Hours during Winter Break, OPT Applications for Winter Graduates Open, Travel and Re-Entry Reminders, Beware of Scams, Winter Break Connection Programs and ISPO Chats
DEC 3     2020
Important Travel Reminders for Fall and Winter Break,  Remote On-Campu Employment for Graduate Students, OPT and RCL for Winter 21 Graduates, Winter Break Connection Program, English-in-Action Conversation Program, iThrive End of Quarter Celebration
NOV 24 2020
Travel Advice for Fall & Winter Breaks, Fall 2020 Course Modality Update, Information for Fall 2020 Admits with Under enrollment Who are Outside of the U.S., HSH Hours Over Fall Break, Fall Connection Break Program, J-1 Employment Webinar, IPSO's Guide to Fall Break, Mental Health Resources for Students Outside of the U.S.
NOV 20 2020 WINTER DEFERRALS: Guidance to Following Your Winter 2021 Arrival
NOV 18 2020 Fall 2020 Course Modality Changes Effective 11/23, Travel Advice for Fall and Winter Break, Get a COVID and COVID Antibody Test at UC San Diego, Quarantining When Returning  to Campus? Housing Availability During Breaks, Planning for Winter Quarter If It's Your Last, Office Closures, iPortal Survey, Fall Break Connection Program, Triton Tools and Tidbits, Triton Trekkers, Intl Education Week
NOV 12 2020 Last Day to Drop a Class with a "W" is 11/13, Applying for a Reduced Course Load, Winter 2021 Classes are Posted, Information on Address Update Requirements, Parents and Family Webinar on 11/18, Resources on Free Speech and Free Expression, Beware of ICE Imposters, Extended Winter 21 Enrollment Advising Hours for Colleges, ISPO Chats, Fall Break Connection Program, International Education Week 2020.
NOV 5 2020 Learn About Applying for Work After Graduation, Address Reporting Requirements for Intl Students, CAPS @ UC San Diego, Career Center @ UC San Diego, Extended Advising Hours for Colleges Intercultural Social Hour and CAPS Forum
OCT 22 2020 Enrollment Deadlines, Accessing TritonLink, Immigration Updates, Career Planning, ISPO Programs
OCT 21 2020 UC San Diego Statement of Support: DHS Proposed Rule on Duration of Status
OCT 15 2020 Deadline to Add Classes (10/16), Deadline to Apply for Part-Time Status (10/16), Limited In-Person Appointments, Fall Check-In (10/16), Support with Asynchronous and Synchronous Classes, Out of the Woods, Intercultural Social HouR
OCT 13 2020 Limited In-Person Appointments, Fall Check-In Deadline, Next Steps for Students Inside and Outside of the U.S.
OCT 8 2020 Info on proposed DHS D/S Rule, Fall 2020 Check-In, Full Time Enrollment Requirements, Download the UCSD App (+ ISPO Alerts), ISPO Extended Hours, Info on DV Lottery, Student Success in a Virtual Environment, Programs: iThrive and ISPO Chats
OCT 07 2020 Student Success in a Virtual Environment via UC San Diego Online
OCT 07 2020 Fall 2020 Check-in, Out of the Woods Virtual Resource Fair, Download the UC San Diego App, iThrive and ISPO Chats, and UC Path for Student Employment
OCT 2 2020 Deadlines & Visa Status Reminders, 2022 Diversity Green Card Visa Lottery - Online Entry Period, Fall 2020 Extended ISPO Advising Hours, OPT Application Update: Injunction on Implementation of Final USCIS Fee Rule, Additional Immigration Policy Updates, On-Campus Employment, Stay Connected with Fellow Tritons | iPrograms and iEvents, Don't Be a Victim of Financial Scams, Chat with an ISPO Advisor 
SEPT 30 2020 Welcome to Fall Quarter!
SEPT 25 2020 ACTION REQUIRED: Fall 2020 Check-In & Addressing Reporting, 9/25 Department of Homeland Security: Proposed New Rule Impacting F and J Duration Status, Graduate Students: CPT and Employment Opportunities, Planning Ahead: Working in the U.S. After Graduation, Stay Connected from Home | iPrograms and iEvents, Chat with an ISPO Advisor 
SEPT 24 2020

Fall 2020 OPT Group Advising Starts Thursday 9/24 at 12pm PST, Fall 2020 Group Advising, Chat with an ISPO Advisor, CORONAVIRUS FAQs

SEPT 16 2020

iStudents Newsletter, ACTION REQUIRED: Fall 2020 Check-In & Addressing Reporting, Continuing your program this fall and have departed the U.S.? Let ISPO know if you're outside the U.S. or have recently Departed!, Travel Plans: What do I need to know to return to the U.S. this fall quarter?, Stay connected from Home | iPrograms and iEvents, TWOW, CAPS Forum, Do you know how to recognize a SCAM when you see one? 

Alumni and Post-Completion Training (OPT/AT) - News and Updates

MAR 4, 2021

USCIS Extends Flexibilities to Certain Applicants Filing Form I-765 for OPT

FEB 19, 2021

iPortal System Maintenance, Your STEM OPT Application, IPSO's Form I-983 Guide, Multiple OPT Applications and Receipt Notice Delays, Check your EAD Cards, OPT Reporting Requirements Reminders, Immigration and OPT Webinars, U.S. Tax Forms, Regulatory Updates

JAN 16 2021

Social Security Office Updates, Filing U.S. Taxes, Final Rule on H1-B Selection Process and Prevailing Wages, New SEVP Unit on Employment Compliance, Legal Decision Supporting OPT/ STEM OPT Program, Applying for OPT, OPT Notice Delays, OPT Requirements

JAN 8 2021

New Address Filing for OPT Applicants and Processing Delays

DEC 22 2020

Form I-20 Travel Signature, Valid F-1 Visa and Visa Renewals, Maintaining Employment, ISPO Holiday Closure, OPT Receipt Notice Delays, OPT Reporting Requirements

NOV 24 2020

OPT Notice Reporting Delays, Maintaining Status on OPT/STEM OPT, Changes in Employment Due to COVID-19, Information on Recently Changed Status to H1B, Actions to Take at Completion of OPT, Career Resources Available, OPT Reporting Requirement Reminders, Beware of Scams

OCT 2020

SEVP Portal Account, Information on Recent Approvals of HI1B visa holders, Travel Signature for International Travel, DOL and DHS Publish Final Rules on the H-1B Classification, OPT Reporting Requirement Reminder

OCT 1 2020

Injunction on Implementation of Final USCIS Fee Rule, Chat with an ISPO Advisor, CORONAVIRUS FAQs

SEPT 29 2020

Maintaining Status While on OPT/STEM OPT, Effective 10/2: New USCIS Form 1-765 Version and Fee, OPT Group Advising, SEVP Portal Technical Issues, 9/25 Department of Homeland Security: Proposed New Rule Impacting F and J Duration of Status, OPT Reporting Requirements Reminders

FALL 2020

iStudents Newsletter, Fall 2020 OPT Advising Start Thursday 9/24 at 12 PM PST, Fall 2020 Group Advising, Chat with an ISPO Advisor, Coronavirus FAQs 


SEVP Guidance for Maintenance of Status on OPT/STEM OPT, SEVP Portal Technical Issues,USCIS Announcements Regarding Form I-765, OPT Reporting Requirements Reminders


Immigration Updates and Information, Planning Ahead in Times of Uncertainty, ISPO Virtual Advising, OPT Reporting Requirement Reminders, (Including STEM), 

FALL 2019

SEVP Portal Update, Reporting Reminders on Standard 12-Month OPT, Clarification on STEM OPT Extension Reporting Requirements, ISPO's New Website, Information on Changing Visa Status, and Reminders for Holiday Travel

Campus Partners - News and Updates

FEB 19, 2021 iPortal Updates, On-Campus Employment for International Students, Things to Consider: Planning for Spring 2021 Arrivals to the U.S., Immigration and OPT webinars, Faculty and Staff Support Guide, My SSP Mental Health Resource
JAN 21, 2021 Pre-Arrival Resources for Faculty and Staff: iPortal, Funding Requirements, Early Start Program Requests
JAN 14 2021 ISPO Office and Student Services, Pre-Arrival Season March 1, Required Proof of a Neg COVID-19 Test to Enter U.S., Info on H1-B Selection Process and Prevailing Wages Rules, 10 Things to Consider When Supporting an Intl Student, Student Success in a Virtual Environment, Tax Season, ISPO Resources
NOV 20 2020 Shift to No Indoor Instruction, Travel Guidance for Intl Students Arriving in WI21, Underenrollment for Students Who are Outside of the U.S., ISPO Web Programs, Fall Break Connection Program, iTable, Triton Tools and Tidbits Podcast
OCT 16 2020 Fall 2020 Resource Guide, ISPO Services and Tools, Fall 2020 Check-In, Course Modality for Fall 2020
OCT 1 2020 ISPO Welcomes Fall 2020 New Admits, Fall 2020 Check-In in iPortal, International Students: Action Required, Fall 2020 Check-In, Immigration Policy Updates, New to iPortal?, Fall 2020 Extended ISPO Advising Hours, 10/15 Out of the Woods: ISPO Resource Fair, Editor's Picks
SEPT 30 2020 Welcome to Fall Quarter!
SUMMER 2020 New Admit Enrollment, What Counts, Unexpected Changes, 8/28F Deadline for New Admits, More Information, Contacting ISPO, 8/27 Thursday Webinar for Campus Partners, Coronavirus: FAQ
SUMMER 2020 ISPO Launches Fall 2020 New International Student Orientation
SUMMER 2020 Updated FAQs and ISPO Support, New Admits:  Request for Form I-20/DS-2019 Extended to August 28, Continuing Students: Fall Enrollment and Planning Ahead, Editor's Picks
SUMMER 2020 7/14 Administration Rescinds Rule on International Students, UC Statement on Visa Order, Fall 2020 Course Enrollment and I-20 Issuance, International Student Resources
SUMMER 2020 Fall 2020 SEVP Guidance Regarding COVID-19, Updates to ISPO's COVID 19 FAQ Page, Tips of Reviewing Guidance and Updates, How is UC San Diego Advocating for Our International Students, Webinar Information
SUMMER 2020 Immigration Process and Updates, Immigration and Visa Policies Impacting International Students, Volunteer Translators and Interpreters Needed, Supporting International Students During COVID-19, Webinar for Faculty and Staff on Concerns of International Students
SUMMER 2020 Campus Announcement on Supporting International Students, Ability to Enroll Full-Time in Remote Courses
SUMMER 2020 Webinars for Campus Partners
SPRING 2020 SEVP Clarifies Fall 2020 Guidance, Updated Form I-20 or DS-2019 for Newly Admitted Students Reflecting to U.S., 14 Day Self Quarantine Mandate, National News Links
WINTER 2020  Information on Coronavirus, New Summer and Fall 2020 Admit I-20s and DS-2019 Requests, Visa Delays due to Immigration Processing, Protect Your Students Against Scams, iPortal Approval View Testers Needed, Online Resources for College and Department Contacts, Student Engagement Programs

Newly Admitted Students Spring 2021

MAR 8, 2021

Pre-Arrival Webinar, Visit the iNewStudent Website,  Contacting ISPO

MAR 1, 2021

Visit the iNewStudents Website, iPortal is Live, Funding Requirements on I-20, DS-2019 Issuance, Standard Start Dates and Arrival Dates to the U.S., Early Start Program Information, Contacting ISPO, Upcoming Pre-Arrival Webinars

FEB 19, 2021 iPortal System Maintenance, iTriton Online Training, Register for Orientation Sessions, Webinar Resources

Sponsored Student Services eBulletin

NOV 2020

UC San Diego Scores High in Global Rankings, Professor Receives a $39M Grant, CONACYT-UCMEXUS Student Spotlight, Students Safely Return to Class and Virtual Grad Prep for Mexican/ U.S. Undergrads

AUG 2020

UC San Diego's Plan to "Return to Learn" for Fall 2020, F vs J Visa: Which is Best for Sponsored Students?, Jacob's School of Engineering Ranked 9th in U.S., Student Spotlight, Featured Faculty, Housing Resources, New Programming

APRIL 2020

UC San Diego at the Forefront on the Fight Against COVID-19, UC System Adjusts Admissions Requirements to Support Students, Saturday is Virtual Triton Day, Spring Quarter at UC San Diego, Hear from Chancellor Khosla

MAR 2020

ISPO Responds to the Coronavirus, UC San Diego Launches Institute for Materials Discovery and Design, Student Spotlight, Ask an Advisor, 
Pulse on Programming International Students & Programs Office Held First International Student Experience Symposium, Featured Faculty, New in the News

OCT 2019

UC San Diego Contribution to State Economy Doubles, Student Spotlight from Rep of Korea, Graduate Admissions Advice, Olivia Graeve's Fellowship with HACU Leadership Academy, Out of the Woods Orientation, and UC San Diego  #2 for Most Applications Received in United States

SEPT 2019

UC San Diego Ranked 18th Best Worldwide (ARWU), Student Spotlight from Brazil, International Peer Coaching Program, Professor Tianyi Zheng Wins Sloan Fellowship, UC San Diego to Build $100 Million School of Public Health, and New International Student Orientation