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Welcome to UCLA!

iSTART Online Orientation Details and Deadline

The iSTART Online Orientation has been created to help you get familiar with important visa regulations, academic integrity, Los Angeles and UCLA campus life. You must complete iSTART by the end of week 2 of your program start date or a hold will be placed on your UCLA student record, which will block you from using certain UCLA services.

It is mandatory that you complete all five sections of the orientation: Visa Workshop, Academic Integrity, Getting Started at UCLA, Getting Started in LA, and Dimensions of Culture. Each section contains a video and a quiz.

In addition to this orientation, check out our resource page that covers many topics that you may find useful when you are new to UCLA and during your time here.

Important Information for Winter 2022

iSTART for Winter 2022 will go live on December 1, 2021. iSTART is only mandatory for those students who will be coming to the U.S. to attend in-person classes for Winter 2022. If you will be coming to the U.S. for in-person classes at a later quarter, you will take iSTART at that time.

*Note: the iSTART Online Orientation is separate from the UCLA orientation for First-Year Students, Transfer Students and Graduate Students. iSTART is required for UCLA registered students only. If you are a Visiting Graduate Researcher, scholar or faculty member, you are not required to complete iSTART. You will complete jPATH instead.

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