International students

Courses and instruction

With the expansion of COVID-19 vaccinations and lower numbers of COVID-19 infections in the state of California and Los Angeles County, UCLA anticipate that more of our international student community will be able to engage in in-person instruction and activities in summer and fall 2021.

For detailed information about summer and fall course enrollment, F-1 and J-1 visa requirements, and international travel for fall, please refer to this letter to international students — including newly admitted and continuing students — from the UCLA Dashew Center for International Students.

The center will continue to provide updated information about fall instruction via communications and their recent updatestravel updatesF-1 student FAQJ-1 student FAQ and non-visa–related FAQ pages. Students are advised to contact the center if they have any questions regarding fall enrollment or arrival to the U.S.

Students should be aware that while the U.S. State Department has expanded the national interest exceptions for certain travelers from China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, the Schengen zone, the UK and Ireland, many U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide are still operating at reduced capacity and facing steep application backlogs. Visa appointment delays and cancellations are to be expected in many areas in coming months. In addition:

  • Russia: Beginning May 12, the U.S. embassy in Moscow reduced consular services to include only emergency U.S. citizen services and a very limited number of age-out and life-or-death emergency immigrant visas.
  • India: President Biden signed a proclamation April 30 suspending the entry into the U.S. of individuals who were physically present in the Republic of India within the 14 days preceding entry or attempted entry.

Student housing

International students who are planning to reside in on-campus or university housing for fall 2021 should visit the “Plans for fall 2021: Student housing” section of this website and the UCLA Housing website for updated information.

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