Spring 2020 | Week 6 | Weekly updates for International Students @ UC San Diego
Reminders and Upcoming Deadline
BEWARE OF SCAMS!
Are you receiving information about tuition, housing, or immigration and something doesn’t seem right? It could be a scam! Immigrants all over the country are being targeted in scams. Don’t be one of the victims!   Learn how to identify common threats and scams on our Safety and Security Information page... 

ONLINE OR ON CAMPUS FOR FALL 2020?
We hope that you received and reviewed the message from Chancellor Khosla that was sent on April 28, 2020 regarding fall educational programs. At this time, it is UC San Diego's intention to offer a combination of in-person and remote instruction in Fall 2020 term. However, the situation is fluid and continues to evolve. Once more information is available, the University will notify students via campus-wide email.
 
All decisions are being made with the health and safety of our campus community as a priority. We recognize that our continuing international students need to make plans for the upcoming fall term and that you may have many questions as the situation evolves. Please continue to stay up to date by frequently visiting UC San Diego's COVID-19 information and  the ISPO COVID-19 FAQs for International Students for the most recent updates that impact you as an international student. ISPO will continue to monitor updates from the campus as well as from the U.S. Student & Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP).
 
At this time, the U.S SEVP has not provided specific guidance regarding the fall 2020 term and international student SEVIS records. However, ISPO’s intention at this time is to maintain the F-1 and J-1 records for continuing international students inside or outside the U.S., who will be enrolled full-time either in in-person or remote courses, or a combination of remote/in-person coursework in the fall 2020 term. ISPO will keep you informed if any adjustments need to be made to your SEVIS record pending further guidance from the U.S. Student & Exchange Visitor Program. For commonly asked questions regarding impacts of COVID-19 on your immigration status, visit our website... 
 
CHANGING DEGREE LEVELS:
Starting a new graduate program at UC San Diego? Are you now completing your undergraduate program at UC San Diego and plan to remain at UC San Diego to begin a master of doctoral program in the fall? If so, note F-1 and J-1 students are required to report changes to their degree level to ISPO in a timely manner. Learn more about what you'll need to do to report a degree level change to maintain your immigration status.... 
Stay Connected from Home | iPrograms and Events
We understand that the current COVID-19 situation affects international students in unique ways and want to ensure that your concerns are heard and addressed. The situation is evolving rapidly and we hope this form and the weekly office hours allow us to advocate on your behalf, identify solutions in a timely manner, be more proactive, and improve communication with our international student community. 
Join us for ISPO Coffee Hours - virtually! We will be talking about maintaining social connections and healthy relationships during quarantine. Whether it’s your morning coffee or evening tea, bring your favorite mug and cozy up to your screen on Tuesday at 10am (PST).
Check out what else is happening around campus...
  • Community Building Circle: Coronavirus and Social Justice (Thu 05/07 @ 6PM PST) – The Dialogue Ambassadors are hosting virtual community building circles to offer open and supportive spaces for students to come together, engage in dialogues focused on specific topics, and share perspectives with one another. 
  • Alone Together (Wed 05/06 @ 1PM PST) – COVID-19 Emotional Support Forum for International Students. Together, CAPS & ISPO will help you manage in the face of the enormous psychological strain that COVID-19 is generating. This forum will be led by CAPS Psychologist Dr Sophia Chang. 
  • Globally Engaged Tritons Calendar Visit ievents.ucsd.edu to learn more about virtual global engagement programming that you can participate in no matter where you are!
  • OASIS Language Arts Tutorial Services – Spring 2020
  • Virtual Writing Hub – Teaching & Learning Commons
  • Tritons Connect Tritons Connect is a Triton exclusive network where you can be matched with a mentor, post and apply for job opportunities, join a community group, access a directory of Triton community members, and so much more!
  • UC San Diego Student-Parents' Community Resource Forum We are hosting a series of open discussion community calls to connect students who are parents, caregivers or guardians
WHY AM I RECEIVING THIS NEWSLETTER?  All international students studying at UC San Diego are automatically subscribed to the iStudents Newsletter to ensure they receive proper immigration updates from our office. The information sent in this Newsletter is available on ISPO's website, iStudents.ucsd.edu, or may direct students to other external resources.  You have the right to unsubscribe from receiving updates from our office at anytime. You can do this by emailing  istudents@ucsd.edu  .   Note, all international students at UC San Diego are responsible for staying up to date with immigration regulations that may affect them. To learn more, visit our website at iStudents.ucsd.edu