Spring 2023 | Week 9 | Weekly Updates for International Students @ UC San Diego

NEED TO DO: Week 9

SEVP Ends COVID-19 Flexibilities for F-1 Students 

Effective May 11, 2023, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) ended its Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) guidance, consistent with the end of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, following the end of the COVID-19 National Emergency on April 10, 2023. This guidance had allowed for certain flexibilities for students in F-1 status, particularly as it pertained to employment, enrollment, and travel. 


While the SEVP’s COVID-19 guidance is terminated as of May 11, 2023, Active F-1 students will be able to complete the 2022-23 academic year under the COVID-19 flexibilities through the end of Summer 2023 term, which for UC San Diego ends on September 24th, 2023. 

Effective September 25, 2023, any F-1 student with a program start date in Spring 2023 or prior on their Form I- 20 must adhere to F-1 regulations that were in place prior to March 2020. 

What does this mean for me?

  • Continuing F-1 students will need to ensure they meet full-time enrollment requirements within the limitations set forth in 8 CFR 214.2(f)(6)(i)(G)
  • At UC San Diego, this means that students must enroll in a minimum of 12 units each academic quarter, unless they have an approved reduced course load
  • Starting Fall 2023, no more than one remote class per quarter can be used to meet full-time enrollment requirements. Remote courses are denoted as “RCLASS” in WebReg. 

The Department of State has not released updated guidance for J-1 students as a result of the end of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. We will provide more information as it becomes available. 

We understand that you may have questions about how this may impact you. ISPO is working on updating our website, iUpdates.ucsd.edu, to provide updated FAQs regarding the impacts of this guidance on enrollment, employment, travel, and health & safety. 

For questions, contact an ISPO Advisor by visiting iContact.ucsd.edu

WANT TO DO: Week 9 Events & Programs

ISPO Events

The iEvents Calendar has globally-focused activities and events for you! The calendar is regularly updated with international programs, excursions, performances, and discussions that connect the campus community with the world around us.


Community Support Hour

Thursday, 06/01 | 12:30-1:30PM


ISPO Coffee Hour Senior Send Off

Wednesday, 06/07 | 10AM-12PM


International Graduates Virtual Recognition Website 

The International Students & Programs Office (ISPO) wants to congratulate all of our graduating international Tritons! As a way to honor and celebrate your achievements, ISPO is asking international students who graduated during the 2022-2023 academic year to submit a graduation recognition profile to be featured on our website. This is an opportunity for you to not only reflect on your time at UC San Diego but also to share this amazing milestone with friends, families, and loved ones around the world!

If you have any questions, please email [email protected].


Peer Mentorship Programs

Global Ambassadors Program (GAP)

The Global Ambassadors Program (GAP) is a summer-long peer mentoring program designed to assist incoming undergraduate international and out-of-state students in acclimating to a new environment and making a smooth transition into university life. GAP Mentors provide friendly support in order to engage our undergraduate non-resident students and help them create solid relationships within the UC San Diego campus. The program will pair 1-3 incoming undergraduate international or out-of-state student with a current international or out-of-state student mentor or a current domestic student mentor (preferably a CA resident) in order to encourage cross-cultural exploration and create a positive transition process for incoming students. Being a GAP mentor is an unpaid leadership and volunteer opportunity.

Sign up here to be a GAP Mentor

Grad Pals Program

Grad Pals matches incoming graduate students with current graduate students at UC San Diego (most commonly within their same department). This program aims to help new students settle in by giving them the opportunity to ask non-academic related questions, provide them with support during the first few weeks, and ease their transition into graduate life at UC San Diego. 

Sign up here to be a Grad Pal Mentor

iOrientation Assistants

Volunteer Orientation Assistants (OAs), play an integral role during the New International Student Orientation held every September to welcome over 3,000 international students to UC San Diego. Sign up to be an orientation assistant now!


Workshops and Webinars


UC Graduate Student Experience Survey

Share about life at UC and win prizes! Take the UC Graduate Student Experience Survey. For more information, please visit studentsurvey.universityofcalifornia.edu.

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

Not all listed are applicable to study at UC San Diego, to your field of study, or to your nationality.


ISPO will continue to offer Virtual Drop-In Advising Services and respond to inquiries submitted through the Contact Form. We are here to support you! For all ways to contact an ISPO Advisor, visit iContact.ucsd.edu.

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