Because CSI courses will be offered online, no additional visa processing is necessary so international students have until July 1, 2021 to register.
Because of the online format of CSI, an I-20 may not be required to start CSI courses. Students are encourage to contact the Dashew Center to find out more about I-20 requirements for Fall.
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, 2021.
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.
At this time, on campus housing is not an option for the College Summer Institute.
UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP)
The UC Student Health Insurance Plan is usually mandatory for students unless they have another form of health insurance. Because CSI courses will be held remotely, students should utilize their current health insurance and providers.