Summer Session Students 2017


Make sure you complete the MANDATORY online Pre-Arrival Online Orientation by logging into your DCISS Account at and click on “My Account”. You will see the iSTART components in “My Account”, click on “Pre-Arrival Online Orientation” to get started.

The online orientation includes:
  • Getting Started in Los Angeles Module

    This module includes information on Transportation in Los Angeles, Housing, Bank Accounts, Cell Phones, How to get a Driver’s License or California ID card, etc.

  • Getting Started at UCLA Module

    This module includes information on your UCLA BruinCard, UCLA Health Insurance, Legal Issues for International Students, Getting Involved on Campus, etc.

    *CSST and CDS-BEP students are not required to complete this module.

  • Cultural Adjustment Workshop Module

    Learn about culture adjustment, how it can affect you and how to adjust more easily to your new life in L.A. We will inform you about American culture, customs, slang, the American classroom, etc. during this module. Past orientation participants say this was one of the most interesting and helpful sessions!

  • F-1 Visa Workshop Module

    This session will cover how to stay in compliance with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, how to maintain legal status, understanding your legal visa documents, travelling abroad while at UCLA, and employment options.

  • Academic Integrity Workshop Module

    Due to visa regulations International Students are more vulnerable to disciplinary action due to Academic dishonesty issues. Saying “I didn’t know” isn’t an excuse, make sure you know what IS and IS NOT allowed in the American classroom setting. This session is conducted by the Dean of Students Office and it covers all aspects of Academic Integrity including cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, multiple submissions and facilitating academic misconduct.

It is highly suggested that you complete ALL sections and quizzes PRIOR to your arrival in the U.S.

  • Summer Session A students MUST complete and pass all quizzes and sections by Friday, June 23rd, 2017.
  • Summer Session C students MUST complete and pass all quizzes and sections by Friday, August 4, 2017.
  • CSST students MUST complete and pass all quizzes and sections by Friday, July 7th, 2017.
  • CDS-BEP students MUST complete and pass all quizzes and sections by Friday, July 7th, 2017 (Cohort 1) or Friday, August 4, 2017 (Cohort 2).

*Please note that the quizzes embedded within the videos are just practice quizzes. The answers you provide will not be counted against you. These embedded quizzes are merely there to assist you with your comprehension throughout the workshop. The quizzes that ARE required for you to complete iSTART are located on pre-arrival orientation module page, which will track your progress.

IMPORTANT: If you do not complete or you do not pass all of the required quizzes, a HOLD will be placed on your UCLA student account which will block you from using certain UCLA services (library, class registration, gym, etc), it will also put your visa status in jeopardy if you fail to complete and pass all quizzes.

Need assistance?
If you have any questions during the iSTART process please contact us at

UCLA Dashew Center for International Students & Scholars
106 Bradley International Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Phone: (310) 825-1681

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