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:

  • Orientation
  • Sightseeing Bus Tour of Los Angeles 
  • Access to our DCISS Programs
  • Registration package
  • Online Visa Check-In

Although you are consenting to add the iSTART charge to your BruinBill when you attend the orientation, the charges may not be posted to your BruinBill account until later in 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 an orientation, social and cultural activities and programs to foster cross-cultural friendship, 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.