International Parent & Family Orientation

Sunday September 22, 2019

Multipurpose Room, Student Services Center


As families of international students, we understand that your concerns may be a little bit more amplified and your questions may be vast. If you can, we encourage you to attend the International Parent & Family Orientation, a program for families of first-time college students. This program is specifc to families.

The schedule will include a general welcome, department presentations and lunch. A detailed schedule will be available in September when you check-in.

It is common (and encouraged) for families travelling from afar to plan an extended stay at UC San Diego and in San Diego, CA. During this time, your schedule will include the following:

  • During the week of September 16 - 20, Colleges host a New Parent & Student Orientation. Your student will register for an orientation after which you will be invited to also attend the family orientation program. Your student will move into their assigned residence room. Specific questions about moving into the residence halls, call the Residence Life Office of your student's assigned college. Questions related to housing contract, what to bring, and more, visit Housing Dining Hospitality, call (858) 534-4010, or email
  • Your student is required to participate in the New International Student Orientation while familiies will participate in the International Parent & Family Orientation. Both orientations are scheduled Sunday, September 22.
  • After the orientation programs conclude, your student will participate in campus wide events, like Welcome Week, to get aquainted with the campus environment. During this time, you may explore the campus or the city, La Jolla, CA on your own.

If you have questions about the International Parent & Family Orientation, please contact the Office of Parent & Family Programs at (858) 534-7273 or e-mail


The International Parent & Family Orientation Program is separate from the Parent & Family College Orientations at Revelle, Warren, Marshall, Muir, Roosevelt, and Sixth College which are scheduled late June and September (depending on the college). If possible, we recommend attending both orientations. If you are only able to attend one, please call us for guidance or visit the questions below this text.

Check-In and Schedule of the Day | Sunday, Sept. 22

The International Parent & Family Orientation schedule includes presentations from various departments geared to help you understand important information to support your student. A detailed schedule will be available in September.

Date: Sunday, September 22, 2019
Location: Multipurpose Room, Student Services Center
Time: 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Registering for the Program

Hotel Accommodations

UC San Diego Parent & Family Programs partners with Bartell Hotels offering students, families, alumni, and friends reduced hotel rates at some of the finest properties in San Diego. Every time you stay at one of the Bartell Hotels’ eight distinguished properties, a percentage of the total room cost is donated to support student scholarships at UC San Diego and to enhance university events.

To take advantage of these special rates and to make a reservation for your family, call (800) 345-9995 or visit

Sheraton La Jolla Hotel

1 minute from UCSD

The Dana on Mission Bay

10 minutes from UCSD

Days Inn – Hotel Circle / SeaWorld

13 minutes from UCSD

Pacific Terrace Hotel

14 minutes from UCSD

Holiday Inn San Diego Bayside

17 minutes from UCSD

Hilton San Diego Airport/Harbor Island

17 minutes from UCSD

Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites

19 minutes from UCSD

Best Western Plus Island Palms

20 minutes from UCSD

New International Student Orientation | Sunday, Sept. 22

The International Students & Programs Office is looking forward to welcoming your student to UC San Diego in September.

  • All new international students in F-1/J-1 status (including students transferring from other U.S. schools) are required to attend the mandatory New International Student Orientation.
    NOTE: This is separate from the College orientation, and students must attend both mandatory sessions.
  • International students must register directly for the New International Student Orientation.
    NOTE: The New International Student Orientation is separate from the International Parent & Family Orientation.
  • Students receive registration and pre-arrival information via e-mail from the International Students & Programs Office.

If you or your student have questions about the New International Student Orientation, please contact the International Center at or call (858) 534-3730.

Additional Assistance

As part of the registration process, you will be able to indicate additional needs to make your experience more enjoyable. We will try our best to meet these accommodations provided the request was made in time to provide the service.

The following is a list of accommodations :

  • Wheelchair accessible seating
  • Mobility assistance between buildings.
    For mobility assistance during the day of the program, please call (858) 900-6947.
  • Translated materials
  • Language interpreters
  • Large-print documents
  • Please inquire with us with other needs not listed.

Directions and Parking

Please follow directions to and park in the Gilman Parking Structure (map). Parking on weekends is free - a permit is not required. Note: Refrain from parking in spaces marked reserved 24/7, loading, handicap (unless you have a permit), and unmarked curbs. Read more about parking on campus. There will be directional signs to help you find Gilman Parking Structure.

Driving directions to Gilman Parking Structure:

  1. Take I-5 south.
  2. Take the La Jolla Village Drive exit.
  3. Turn right onto La Jolla Village Drive.
  4. Take the Gilman Drive ramp.
  5. Turn right on Gilman Drive.
  6. Follow Gilman Drive to the Gilman Parking Structure, which is located on Villa La Jolla Drive and Gilman Drive.

If you decide to use Lyft, UBER, or a taxi, ask the driver to drop you off on Rupertus Lane.

If you or any family member has a physical limitation of any kind preventing you/them from walking, please call          (858) 900-6947. This number will be active at 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. on the day of the event.

Join us for Homecoming Weekend | Friday - Sunday, Oct. 18 - 20, 2019

Join us for Homecoming Weekend, October 18 - 20, 2019. The weekend is filled with great information and fun events geared to reconnect with your student. Homecoming Weekend is a great opportunity to come to campus if you are unable to join us for the orientation program.

Contact Us

Contact Parent & Family Programs with any questions you may have regarding International Parent and Family Orientation at (858) 534-7273 or email