What's included in your iSTART@UCLA fee? 

The iSTART fee is $59.00 and will be charged to your UCLA BruinBill account during the Winter Quarter. The fee includes all of the following items:

  • Pre-Arrival Online Orientation
  • Sightseeing Bus Tour of Los Angeles 
  • Access to our DCISS Programs
  • iSTART Welcome Pack: Sweatshirt, Tote and Water bottle
  • Visa Check-In
  • UCLA Exchange Student Orientation (exchange students ONLY)

Although you are consenting to add the iSTART charge to your BruinBill when you begin iSTART, the charges will not be posted to your BruinBill account until winter quarter. Please make sure you are always aware of charges on your BruinBill so you do not incur late fees for non-payment of charges.

*Important Note: The cost of attending the UCLA First Year Student Orientation and/or UCLA Transfer Student Orientation is NOT included in the price of iSTART, that fee must be paid separately when you register for a UCLA New Student Orientation session at

iSTART Fee Description 

The iSTART@UCLA fee (DCISS-Orientation) is a one-time fee paid by incoming international students. iSTART@UCLA includes a pre-arrival online orientation (getting started in LA and UCLA, academic integrity, culture shock, and visa workshops), helps build a sense of community through Dashew Center apparel, provides social and cultural activities and programs to foster cross-cultural friendship (LA city bus tour, networking programs, Discover LA and SoCal trips), and offers services related to required visa and immigration compliance. The fee supports operating expenses for services related to the psychological health and well-being of international students during their transition to the U.S. and campus life. The amount of the iSTART Fee is determined through an audit of expenses incurred for the above programs and services and is set by Sales & Services of UCLA Corporate Accounting.