Welcome to San Diego! Within this section of our website, you
can find helpful information that can be useful as you settle into your
Would you like to start adapting to your new surroundings? The
information about cultural adjustment can help you understand American
norms and stages of culture shock.
Daycare, Schools, and Babysitting:
If you have dependents with you, we also list resources regarding
different daycare, schools, and babysitting services in the area.
English Language Resources: Need help with your English language skills? Refer to our English language resources page.
Should you be looking for housing options around UC San Diego, or would
like more information on how to set-up a new home, the housing webpage
will be quite useful.
Unfamiliar with health insurance terms? Our webpage on health
insurance includes basic insurance requirements and resources for your
Information on how to apply for a Social Security Number, California
Driver's License, and Campus ID card can be found within the
identification documents section.
Legal Matters: Looking for an immigration attorney and resources related to immigration law? Visit our page regarding legal matters.
Money and Banking: Trying to open a bank account? We discuss this topic and other information under money and banking.
If you are looking for activities around San Diego, or would like to
live a more active lifestyle, the recreation page will provide ample
resources for you.
Safety & Security:
Interested in finding ways to prevent crime, prepare for earthquakes,
or get emergency notifications? The safety & security information
will provide basic information on topics like these.
Taxes: Tax season is coming up! Get informed by reviewing the resources listed under taxes.
Looking for ways to get around the city? Visit our page on
transportation and commuting alternatives for infomation about vanpools,
carpools, busses & UCSD shuttles, bicycling, and more.
Wondering what days UC San Diego will be officially closed for
holidays, and what they are each commemorating? Look at our list of
major U.S. holidays.
We hope these resources help you during your stay in San Diego. Information provided by the UC San Diego International Faculty and Scholar Office ("IFSO")
Any/all scholars admitted are required to possess
a valid J-1 Exchange Visitor Status for the duration of their
participation in any of our existing Programs.
- UC San Diego Health Sciences International will contact the
prospective scholar directly if he/she is deemed “conditionally
accepted” into one of our existing Programs, following review of their completed
application materials AND subsequent phone screening/interview with the
Program Coordinator in our office.
- Acceptance into any of our Programs are finalized following
successful completion of the J-1 Exchange Visitor Status requirements
provided in the admissions offer, as well as completion of any MAS application(s), if applicable.