iSTART@UCLA

Welcome to UCLA! As an international student there are a few things you will need to do to have a successful start here.  Depending on your student status at UCLA (Fall, Winter or Summer Session student) there are different components of iSTART@UCLA that you should be aware of.  Some of them are mandatory and some of them are highly recommended – but all of them have been created to help you get familiar with the United States, Los Angeles, visa issues and regulations, the American classroom as well as UCLA campus life.

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@UCLA. You will complete JPath. 

Create DCISS Account/iStart Registration (Mandatory)

We have created a step-by-step guide to help you get registered for iSTART. If you have any questions while creating your DCISS account or registering for iSTART please let us know! Contact: intlprograms@saonet.ucla.edu.

Step 1

Do you have a UCLA Logon ID?

If NO

Click here to create a UCLA Logon ID then come back to this page to continue Step 2

If YES

Proceed to Step 2

Step 2

Click "Login" in the top right of this page

Sign In


You will be prompted to enter your UCLA Logon ID. Please enter your UCLA Logon ID and password.

UCLA Logon

Step 3

Please fill out the account creation form using your personal details. When you get to the “UCLA Status Information” Section make sure you choose "UCLA Student": 

  • UCLA Student: Students who have a UCLA ID. Even if you are a Summer Session student you are still considered a UCLA Student.

Additionally, under “Type of Student”, please select the appropriate category:

    For Fall and Winter Sessions:

  • Anderson Student: Students who are enrolled in the Anderson School of Business
  • Law School Student: Students who are enrolled in the UCLA School of Law
  • Undergraduate Degree-Seeking Student: Undergraduate students who will complete their degree at UCLA
  • Undergraduate EAP / Reciprocity Student: Exchange students at UCLA for 1, 2 or 3 academic quarters
  • Graduate Degree-Seeking Student: Graduate students who will complete their degree at UCLA
  • Graduate EAP / Reciprocity Student: Exchange students at UCLA for 1, 2 or 3 academic quarters
  • Undergraduate Transfer Student: If you have already completed college credit at another university and you have transferred to UCLA this year

    For Summer Sessions

  • Summer Session Student: Students who are enrolled in Summer Sessions A and/or C, but who are not attending UCLA in the Fall.

Step 4

Continue through all of the steps of creating a DCISS Account. You have not finished the process until you see a screen that says “Your account has been updated”.

Step 5

Once you have created your DCISS Account, you are ready to begin iSTART!

*Important Note: You will need to login MyUCLA account and update your phone number and address within 10 days of getting a US address and phone number.



Step 6

Once you are in “My Account” please click on “iSTART@UCLA” on the left side of the screen.

iStart Link

Step 7

You should now see the iSTART consent page.  Review the "Terms" and check the “I Agree” box and click “Continue”. Once you’ve consented to the iSTART payment you will now have access to all of the iSTART information!

That’s it! You’re now ready to begin iSTART@UCLA!