Frequently Asked Questions by International Students at University of California San Diego UCSD San DiegoWe can help you with your questions
What do I need to apply to this English Program at UCSD Extension in San Diego?
Please check the following link: How to Apply to English programs at UCSD Extension in San Diego
How are the reviews of the English Language Programs at UCSD?
The English Language Institute of UCSD was voted best English Language Institute in the U.S. by Ryugaku Journal in 2014. Reviews and comments by international students are excellent.
Do I have to get a student visa for studying at UCSD Extension? How long does it take?
Yes, a visa is required for all full-time programs at UCSD. We recommend that you apply at least 2 months before the start of the program to allow enough time to process the paperwork and have your visa interview in your home country. Part-Time programs do not need F-1 visa, check each program for more details.
How do I Apply for a Student Visa?
Please apply for your F-1 student visa early. In some countries it can take several weeks to obtain a visa from the U.S. embassy after you have received admission from UCSD Extension.
The University sends you the I-20 form, which is used by the student to apply for the F-1 student visa. UCSD Extension issues the Form I-20 for study at one the Programs offered.
Once received your documents, the University will process and send you an admission letter and the Form I-20 via certified mail. Sign and date the Form I-20 when you receive it.
Check the website of the U.S. embassy of your country to see the steps you need to do to apply for the student visa F-1. Generally, you need to submit the Form I-20, your admission letter, financial documents, passport, SEVIS receipt and any other required documentation (such as transcripts or academic records) to the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. We recommend contacting the embassy before your application to verify the embassy's specific policies and procedures. More information about a particular embassy may be found at: www.usembassy.state.gov.
Present the Form I-20 and your passport to the immigration officer when you arrive in the U.S. The officer will return your copy of the I-20 to you and will staple the Form I-94 in your passport.
Do you offer the TOEFL at UCSD?
No. However, it is offered several times a year in the area.
What percentage of students are from my country for the Intensive English Program in UCSD?
The percentages of students from any particular country varies depending on the time of year. Most sessions, students come from 25-30 different countries.
Where can I live in San Diego while I am at UCSD?
Please check the following link about housing: Housing in San Diego for international students of English Program at UCSD Extension.
When should I arrive to San Diego?
You should plan to arrive in San Diego at least three to five days before the start of your session. If you have not already arranged housing, you should arrive seven days before the start of your session. The earliest you can arrive in the U.S. is 30 days before the start of your session.
What kind of facilities and service will I have access to?
As a student enrolled in the English Language Program at UCSD Extension, you can take advantage of many services and resources. Here you can see more information: Activities for International Students at University of California San Diego in San Diego