Welcome to UCLA!
As an incoming international student to UCLA, you must complete the iSTART Pre-Arrival Online Orientation. This orientation has been created to help you get familiar with important visa regulations, academic integrity, Los Angeles and UCLA campus life.
Important Information for Winter 2021
The iSTART Pre-Arrival Online Orientation is only required for newly admitted international students who have either:
Arrived in the U.S. in F-1/J-1 visa status and are enrolled full-time with at least one in-person course for winter 2021, or
Transferred their SEVIS record to UCLA and have remained within the U.S. in F-1/J-1 visa status since their previous program end date (newly admitted Initial SEVIS Transfer students are eligible to maintain F-1/J-1 status with full-time enrollment in online courses for winter quarter; enrollment in at least one in-person course is not required)
For more information about F-1 status requirements for winter quarter, please see our F-1 Student FAQ.
For more information about J-1 status requirements for winter quarter, please see our J-1 Student FAQ.
Once you have completed your online visa check-in and our visa staff has reviewed your documents, you will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org with instructions on how to register and access iSTART for winter quarter. This email may come a few days after you receive the email that you have completed your visa check-in. Please do not register or complete iSTART if you have not received an email with specific instructions to do so. We appreciate your patience.
If you are a newly admitted student and will be taking classes for winter quarter while outside of the U.S., you are not required to complete iSTART for winter 2021. You will be required to complete it when you arrive in the U.S. in F-1/J-1 status.
If you have any questions about iSTART contact us at email@example.com.
*Note: iSTART is required for UCLA registered students only. If you are a Visiting Graduate Researcher, scholar or faculty member, you are not required to complete iSTART. You will complete jPATH.