What to Expect - International Students
A Safe Return to Campus
UC Riverside is excited to continue welcome our new and returning international students to campus.
The safety and well-being of our students remains a top priority.
UCR is committed to delivering in-person instruction, research opportunities, and student support services wherever possible. As a nationally-ranked residential public research university, an on-campus presence is essential to successfully advance our mission of instruction, research, and public service.
Please remember that all the student support services on campus are here to assist you when you arrive. You can find more information about what’s available on here. Take a few minutes to review the site and make sure to visit the Students & Parents page .
The circumstances around COVID-19 are rapidly changing, and campus guidelines will continue to evolve as guidance from local, state, and national health authorities are updated. Please continue to the Campus Return site for updated information with specifics about fall quarter operations on campus.
Here is information about issues that are of particular interest to our international students.
- The International Students & Scholars (ISS) Office is your first point of contact as you prepare to arrive in Riverside. ISS is ready to help you and answer any questions you may have about immigration matters, such as visas, I-20s (F-1) or DS-2019s (J-1), as well as any questions you may have about travel restrictions. In addition, ISS can serve to help connect you with other student support units. So, if you don’t know where to start, then start with ISS. You can browse our website, which is full of important information.
- If you have questions, you can contact ISS by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our advisors will respond. We can also schedule Zoom and phone appointments to discuss your concerns.
- ISS will continue to provide current information to our international students by means of email, online orientations, the International Weekly newsletter, and town halls, so please make sure to check your UCR email.
- Student who will be attending UCR University Extension programs should contact the UCR University Extension directly
Travel and Testing
Travel and Testing
Tips for international students traveling to the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Check with the embassy or consulate of the country that you plan to visit to learn about any travel restrictions or requirements.
- Be aware of any travel restrictions you may face upon your return/entry to the United States.
- Check the CDC website and this DHS fact sheet for updated guidance on travel to the United State by air and at land ports of entry.
- F-1 students with Form I-20 are permitted to travel with an I-20 that has been signed electronically by a Designated School Official (DSO). UCR is signing all I-20's electronically.
- J students with Form DS-2019 are required to travel with a DS-2019 that has an original wet signature by an authorized Alternate/Responsible Officer (ARO). Electronically signed DS-2019's are not accepted.
- For coronavirus testing information, please visit the testing page.
- COVID-19 vaccinations and booster shots are required for University of California students, and you should upload your proof of vaccination to the patient portal . If you have questions about how to do that, please watch the video tutorial on "How to Upload". Boosters are also required.
- If you can’t upload your proof of vaccination for some reason or need to request a deferment, you can contact the COVID-19 Management Team at email@example.com.
- Students may request and submit a medical exemption, disability exception, pregnancy deferment, or religious exception by visiting the patient portal and submitting the correct forms. Please watch the Covid-19 Exemption Form video on the Student Health Services website to learn about where to find the forms and how they should be uploaded.
- UCR is only accepting International COVID-19 vaccines that are accepted by the CDC. If you have further questions, you can email the COVID-19 Management Team at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
COVID Screening Check
Every person on campus must follow all health and safety protocols including submitting a COVID Screening Check if reporting a positive COVID-19 test result; COVID-19 symptoms (symptoms from a known or chronic condition such as allergies, asthma, etc. are not considered COVID-19 symptoms for this report); exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 (exposure is defined as close contact with a known positive person for more than 15 minutes in a 24 hour period); or completion of your required COVID test (required weekly testing for those with an approved exemption or deferral, those that are not up to date with their vaccine, or are approved for early return after exposure or infection.).