In order to allow enough time to change your Fall I-20 to summer and obtain your visa, the deadline for international students to register for CSI is June 1, 2017.
Visa and Full-time Enrollment Requirement for International Students in CSI
The United States Department of Homeland Security requires all incoming international students to obtain an F-1 student visa. Newly admitted undergraduate students participating in the CSI program must hold F-1 status and maintain at least 8 units of enrollment for the duration of Summer Session C. International students may not participate in CSI while holding a business or a tourist visa (B-1 or B-2) (including those entering the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program).
Once your CSI registration is complete, a combined I-20 reflecting your Summer Sessions registration and fall admissions status will be issued. Upon obtaining an I-20 from UCLA, you will need to apply for an F-1 visa from the U.S. Embassy or Consulate nearest you.
Information on I-20
To obtain a UCLA I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant F-1 Student Status), you must first submit a Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) to confirm acceptance of your admission to UCLA. Once you have submitted your SIR, you will be emailed instructions on how to request a combined Summer/Fall I-20 online via the I-20 Request Portal. While completing your I-20 Request online, please indicate in the ‘Comments’ section that you will be participating in CSI.
If you have already completed the request for your Fall I-20 online via the I-20 Request Portal prior to enrolling in the CSI program, please message the Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars (DCISS) at I-20 Message Center as soon as possible to request for an updated Summer/Fall I-20. You will not be able to participate in the CSI program with the Fall I-20.
I-20 shipments will incur a shipping fee that will be billed to your BruinBill account.
Newly admitted F-1 undergraduate students participating in the CSI program must complete a Confidential Financial Statement (CFS) and provide evidence of financial support to cover Summer Session C fees and living expenses in addition to one year of undergraduate tuition and living expenses at UCLA (exact required amounts will populate in the I-20 Request Portal).
I-20 Request Deadline: I-20 requests for CSI students must be completed no later than June 1, 2017.
Students currently in the U.S. holding F-1 status
If you are currently in the U.S. holding F-1 status and have a valid SEVIS record, you must initiate a SEVIS transfer with your current institution to transfer your SEVIS record to UCLA for the Fall Quarter, but you may not require a UCLA I-20 for Summer Session C. Please message I-20 Message Center if you will be transferring your SEVIS record to UCLA.
Enrollment requirements for F1 students
F-1 students must be enrolled full-time throughout the entire period of study. For CSI students, summer counts as the first academic quarter. Students enrolled in summer need to carry at least 8 units to be considered full-time (during the academic year, the minimum is 12 units).
In rare cases, students may be approved for a Reduced Course Load (RCL). If, for example, you wish to drop a course during CSI due to academic difficulty and this causes you to fall below the summer 8-unit minimum, you will need to request an RCL. Since you are only permitted one (1) RCL based on academic difficulty during your entire undergraduate study, be sure to consult with a CSI counselor about any enrollment changes.
For I-20 and F-1 Visa-related inquiries, please contact I-20 Message Center.
CSI move-out is scheduled for September 16, 10:00 am.
Campus move-in will start September 21st.
If you like to stay on campus during that period, you must select “stay-through” when you register to have access to meals and housing for an additional $250.00
Health insurance is a federal requirement for all international students – no exceptions. Please be aware that many U.S. medical institutions do not accept health insurance policies from other countries. To protect students from the high cost of health care in the United States, UCLA automatically enrolls all registered international students in a two-part health insurance plan: PUSH-CS and Blue Cross PPO. The cost of the combined plans is $340 for summer. Plans are outlined further below:
PUSH-CS (utilized on campus) Coverage includes visits to the Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center (on campus) and covers basic services. Students must show their BruinCard or provide their 9-digit student identification number with a valid form of ID to receive services. Information can be found on the Summer Sessions website. PUSH-CS is mandatory for all CSI students and cannot be declined.
Except in the case of a serious emergency, students must always visit the Arthur Ashe Student Health Center on campus first. If it is necessary to go to the hospital, an Ashe Center representative will refer them for further treatment.
Blue Cross PPO (utilized off-campus and across the country) Blue Cross PPO (provided by Ascension Benefits & Insurance Solutions) covers students for scheduled doctor’s visits and emergency care anywhere in the United States. The coverage period generally spans mid-June through mid- September so that students have continuous coverage if they are travelling in the U.S before or after the period of study at UCLA.
Healthcare can be very confusing. During CSI, please ask your CSI coordinators for assistance if you need help getting healthcare.
Health Insurance ID Cards
Off campus, students will need a health insurance ID card to show at the time of a doctor or hospital visit. Insurance ID cards are sent by GGH via will email prior to the start of CSI. Students may download a copy of their ID card, brochures, and locate participating providers (doctors and medical offices) at GGH’s site.
The LA representative for this healthcare plan is Ascension Benefits and Insurance (Tel: 1 800 537 1777; Fax: 1 310 394 0142). For plan information, please visit Ascension Benefits and Insurance’s site.
- If you are a U.S. citizen, but have been living abroad and therefore do not have U.S. based medical insurance, you will have to purchase a short term medical policy if you would like health insurance while in CSI. Please contact our office for resources.
- A co-pay for medical services rendered (customary in the US) is due at the point of service. It is vitally important that the student stays informed of all charges BEFORE they obtain treatment. For example: With PUSH-CS at the Ashe center, the co-pay for an office visit is $0, so no fee would be due. But the co-payment for an acupuncture visit is $40 and that would be paid at the time of the visit.