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UCLA Dashew Center for International Students & Scholars

J-1 Scholars and Non-degree Students with a program duration of more than 3 months are required to complete the online UCLA jPATH Orientation. Completing orientation is a U.S. Department of State requirement. jPATH is comprised of several components. Some of them are mandatory and some of them are highly recommended – but all of them have been created to help adjust you to life in the United States, Los Angeles and the UCLA campus. Follow the steps below to successfully complete jPATH:

The following J-1 holders should NOT complete the jPATH orientation:

  • J-1 Scholars that were issued a DS-2019 from the UCLA School of Medicine.
  • J-1 UCLA Degree Seeking Students (complete iSTART instead)
  • J-1 Exchange Students (e.g. UCEAP) (complete iSTART instead)

STEP 1: Create a UCLA Logon ID (Mandatory)

How to Create a UCLA Logon ID

How to Create a UCLA Logon ID without a UID : You can create a UCLA Logon without a University ID # (UID). However, if you create a second UCLA Logon ID after obtaining your UID, you will need to use your old UCLA Logon to access jPATH in the future. It is not possible to merge your UID with your old UCLA Logon ID.

STEP 2: Create a DCISS Account (Mandatory)

Click LOGIN at the top right corner of this site. You will be prompted to enter your UCLA Logon ID and enter your personal information to create a DCISS account.

STEP 3: Pay the jPATH Fee of $59 (Mandatory)

After you have created a DCISS account, you can access jPATH on the left sidebar. You will be prompted to enter payment information for the mandatory jPATH fee.

STEP 4: Complete Video Modules (Mandatory)

jPATH is comprised of 4 video modules. You are required to complete and submit contracts for the J-1 Visa Workshop Video and the Getting Started at UCLA Video. The Getting Started in Los Angeles Video and the Cultural Adjustment Video are highly recommended.

jPATH is due by the end of week 2 of your UCLA program. An all services hold will be placed in your record if jPATH is not completed on time. Failure to complete jPATH may also lead to the cancellation of your J-1 visa status since orientation is a U.S. Department of State requirement.

Already created a UCLA Logon ID and DCISS Account? Click below to get started!

Click here to begin jPATH