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UCLA Dashew Center for International Students & Scholars

In-Person Lobby Hours for General Inquiries

Note:(from Dec 19 - Dec 22): The Dashew Center office will be closed for in-person services, and available virtually (only) for all other services.

  • The Dashew Center will be closed for the Winter Holiday Break from December 23, 2022 - January 2, 2023(All in-person & virtual services will not be available, please plan accordingly).

MONDAY - FRIDAY (Except University Holidays)

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Note: Lobby Hours are for general informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. If you have specific visa or status inquiries, please schedule an appointment with an international F-1 or J-1 counselor.

Drop-In Virtual Assistance and Q&A

MONDAY - FRIDAY (Except University Holidays)

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Pacific Time)

To join drop-in Zoom session, check in below:

DISCLAIMER : Group zoom sessions are also for informational and instructional purposes only and do not constitute legal advice.

Schedule an Appointment with an F-1/J-1 Counselor

To schedule an appointment, check in below:

  • All appointments are being held virtually (via Microsoft Teams) and in Pacific Time (US & Canada)
  • Do NOT schedule more than one appointment at a time. Any additional appointments will be cancelled.
  • The Dashew Center does not overlook scholars at the UCLA School of Medicine.
  • Need assistance? Email us at and include Bruin UID (if applicable).

cpt and opt

CPT and OPT Virtual Informational Sessions

Do you want to know more about off-campus employment authorization?

Join us by using the links below to participate in the virtual informational sessions hosted by the Dashew Center staff for UCLA F-1 degree-seeking students ONLY.

Dates (2022): October 12, November 9, November 23, December 7, December 21.

Time: 10 - 11am (Pacific Time)

Dates (2022): October 19, November 2, November 16, November 30, December 14.

Time: 2 - 3pm (Pacific Time)

Office Location

106 Bradley International Hall
417 Charles E. Young Drive West
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Tel : +1-310-825-1681 (voicemail only)
Fax : +1-310-206-1612

Contact Dashew Center


General Inquiries

F-1 Visa:
Current F-1 Students

Newly Admitted F-1 Students

F-1 Students on OPT

Exchange Visitor (J-1) Visa



Employment Based (Does not include F-1 CPT and OPT advising or other F-1 services)

Sylvia Ottemoeller
Assistant Director, Employment Based Visa Services

Niño Abueg
Employment Based Visa Advisor