UCEAP Reciprocity Information

UC Merced Study Abroad
5200 North Lake Road
Kolligian Library, Room 101
Contact your advisor: Craig Harmelin
Reciprocity Student Resources

Visa and Immigration Information

International Students and Scholars (ISS) Office
5200 North Lake Road
Kolligian Library, Room 101
Contact your advisor: Becky Mirza
International Student Resources

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  • Housing is not guaranteed.
  • Rental agreement last through the end of the academic year (June).  If you leave your housing before the end of the agreement, you may be subject to a cancellation fee. Check all terms and conditions.
  • If you apply for more than one housing option, accept only one.  You will be financially responsible for all agreements you accept.

On-Campus Housing (UC Housing)

Undergraduate Students

Explore Campus Housing

Application Deadline: Apply as soon as you receive your UCMNetID. Apply as a transfer level student.

Even if the deadline has passed, there still may be places available in campus housing. E-mail the assignments office if you are interested in applying for housing after the announced deadline. For the best chance of placement, include "any room type, any location" in your list of housing preferences.

Community Housing (Non-UC Housing)

Students should be aware that this housing is not UC sponsored or endorsed and that it is not advisable to rent before arrival when you can visit the rental in person.

Finding a Place
Finding a Roommate
California Housing Board

Visit the Board


When should I arrive?

No later than

  • Fall: August 25, 2019
  • Spring: To be announced

No earlier than

  • Fall: July 29, 2019
  • Spring: December 22, 2019

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 should arrive as early as possible.

Start Date on Certificate of Eligibility (DS-2019)

  • Fall: August 28, 2019
  • Spring: January 21, 2020


Fall: August 26, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: COB2-290 (campus map)

Spring: January 17, 2020
Time: TBA
Location: TBA

Take the following to the check-in and orientation meeting:

  • Visa
  • Passport
  • DS-2019 form
  • I-94 form - a document you download from the Customs and Border Protection website after your arrival in the U.S.

Move-In Dates

Residence Hall Move-In Date

Temporary Accommodation Information

Non-UC Housing

Costs are subject to change.

Ground Transport to Campus

Costs and times are subject to change.

Enrollment Resources

About ID Numbers at UC Merced

Students must claim their UCMNetID and access their online student account in the MyUCMerced portal to enroll. Your Student ID (SID) number will be sent to you as soon as it becomes available. You will use the SID to claim your UCMNetID and create your password.

  • SID (Student Identification) = is a 9-digit number assigned by UCM to every new student. This SID is used by UCM as your unique identifying number.
  • UCMNetID = an ID that you claim using your SID number and other required personal information to confirm your identity. Your UCMNetID does not have to be a number.
  • is where you use your UCMNetID and password to access your online student account and enroll in courses.
    • Claim your UCMNetID
    • Once you received your SID, click the "First Time Users, claim your UCMNetID" link.

Registering for Classes


  • Enrollment Time- Check "MyRegistration" in your MyUCMerced account for your appointment time. All times are California time.
Advisor Contact Information:

Graduate Students

Graduate students usually register after consultation with the department’s graduate advisor. Check with your host department for registration advising.

Student Account

Check your account regularly to pay your fees and avoid late fees.  


Health Insurance Fees: Fees will be billed to your account each term. See Health Insurance and Services information.

2019-2020 costs and information are listed below. 

Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)

You will automatically be enrolled in your host university health insurance plan. No action is required.

Insurance Information

  • Fall: $944.21 (undergraduates); $1,237.40 (graduates)
  • Spring/Summer*: $1,321.91 (undergraduates); $1,732.38 (graduates)
Payment Deadline
  • Fall: August 21, 2019
  • Spring: January 15, 2020
Effective Dates
  • Fall: August 15, 2019 - January 14, 2020
  • Spring/Summer*: January 15, 2020 - August 14, 2020

*If you are a registered student during Spring semester, your Spring SHIP fee provides coverage through the end of Summer.

Immunization and TB Screening (Mandatory)

Health Requirements and Recommendations


  • Fall: August 28, 2019
  • Spring: January 21, 2020

Waiving SHIP

To waive SHIP, you must apply for waiver by submitting documentation of comparable health insurance. Waiver must be approved by your host UC.

Waiver Deadlines

Students may return the waiver request form using the online form.

  • Fall: May 1 - August 1, 2019
    • Late waiver deadline with $50 fee: August 2, 2019
  • Spring: November 12, 2018 - January 8, 2019
    • Late waiver deadline with $50 fee: January 16, 2019