UCEAP Reciprocity and Visa & Immigration Information

International Students and Programs Office (ISPO)
Student Center B (on the corner of Gilman Drive and Mandeville Lane)
Contact ISPO
International Student Resources
Reciprocity 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.

International House (UC Affiliated)


Explore I-House
Apply to I_House
Contact I-House

Application Period for UCEAP reciprocity students

  • Fall:  Mid-summer 
  • Winter: late-October 

Application Requirements: Student must have an active UCSD PID.

Notes: Read the I-House FAQs before applying. Admission to I-House is competitive and based on your willingness to be an active member of the I-House community.

Give yourself adequate time to fill out the application completely. It will be read and is an important part of the I-House selection process. Unfortunately, some qualified applicants may not be admitted due to space limitations.

Residence Halls and University Apartments (UC Housing)

Undergraduate Students

Housing Waitlist
Contact the Housing Waitlist

Add your name to the waitlist if you do not receive an I-House assignment.

Community Housing (Non-UC Housing)

Graduate/Undergraduate Students

Off Campus Housing Office

Explore Off-Campus Options 

ISPO Housing Resources

UCSD ID/PID is required to search listings

California Housing Board

Visit the Board


We strongly urge you to purchase airline tickets AFTER you have obtained your visa and confirmed travel conditions to the US from your home country. When you do purchase a ticket, purchase a refundable/changable ticket.

When should I arrive?

No later than

  • Fall: September 20, 2020 (not applicable)
  • Winter: January 3, 2021

No earlier than

  • Fall: August 29, 2020 (not applicable)
  • Winter: December 5, 2020

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)

  • Fall: September 28, 2020
  • Winter: January 4, 2021

Orientation Programs

International Student Orientation for UCEAP reciprocity students

Fall: September 8-18, 2020 - Join us online
Winter: January 4, 2020 


International Student Document Self-Check

Deadline: Within 10 days of your program start date
Complete the document self-check.

Complete these important tasks by the deadlines indicated.

If not completed, your UCSD account will be subject a "hold" which will prevent you from enrolling in courses.

iTriton Training

Deadline: October 16, 2020
Online iTriton

"We are Tritons" Orientation

Deadline: July 27, 2020
Online "We are Tritons"

Move-In Dates

I-Housing move-in: Check your UCSD email or contract for move-in date.

I-House early arrival: Contact ERC Residential Life office. You will be charged a daily rate for early arrival.

Temporary Accommodations (Non-UC)
Ground Transport to Campus

Enrollment Resources

Academic Advising

Registering for Classes

Preauthorization System for access to courses with prerequisites
  • If the class in which you wish to enroll has prerequisites or restrictions, submit your preauthorization request via the EASy (Enrollment Authorization System).
  • In your request, include a description of your home university course equivalent to the listed prerequisite.
  • Upload  PDF documentation supporting your enrollment in the selected course. 
  • Submit the request.
  • You will receive an email notification once the department has made a decision. In some cases, you may be required to supply additional documents such as course syllabi or transcripts.
  • If your request is approved, visit WebReg to enroll.
Enrolling in Classes


  • Pass 1: May 22, 2020
  • Pass 2: June 1, 2020

Winter: November

View your appointment times in TritonLink. All times are California time.

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.  

Your E-Bill: UCSD sends an E-Bill notice to your UCSD-issued e-mail address when your bill is ready to be viewed and paid. You are responsible for checking your student account regularly and paying any fees that apply.

Paying Fees


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

2020-2021 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

  • Undergraduates:  $692 each quarter
  • Graduates; $1,285 each quarter
Payment Deadline
  • Fall: September 25, 2020
  • Winter: December 18, 2020
  • Spring: To Be Announced
Effective Dates:
  • Fall: September 28, 2020 - January 3, 2021
  • Winter: January 4, 2021 - March 23, 2021
  • Spring**: March 24, 2021 - September 19, 2021

**If you are a registered student during spring quarter or semester, your spring SHIP fee provides coverage through the end of summer.

Immunizations and TB Screening

Health requirements and recommendations

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 for international students staying in their home country

  • If your waiver application is denied, contact UCEAP for information on how to appeal.
Waiver Deadlines
Term Waiver Deadline Late Waiver Deadline
($50 Fee)
Fall 9/1/20 9/2/20-9/9/20
Winter 12/20/20 12/21/20-12/30/20
Spring 3/5/21 3/6/21-3/12/21


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