University of California, Riverside

International Students and Scholars Office

J1 Orientation

All scholars sponsored by University of California, Riverside in J-1 classification (as a Professor, Research Scholar, or Short-Term Scholar) are required by U.S. Department of State regulation to report to the International Students and Scholars (ISS) office and attend a New Scholar Orientation upon arrival in the U.S. no later than 30 days after the program begin date (See #3 on your DS 2019).

ISS offers J1 Scholar Orientations weekly, please plan to attend an orientation by selecting one of the scheduled meetings indicated below.

NOTE:  There will be no orientation held on January 2rd and December 18th & 25th due to the campus holiday schedule.

During the orientation session ISS staff will provide information regarding:

  • Immigration rights and responsibilities of J-1 scholar status
  • Mandatory insurance coverage
  • Obtaining UCR identification card and email
  • Immigration documents required for travel
  • Dependent spouses and children
  • Arrival and adjustment to the Riverside area
Documents needed for Orientation
Please bring the documents for your spouse and dependents if applicable.
If you cannot attend the one of the orientation dates above please contact the International Students and Scholars office at (951) 827-4113 or at  



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Office Hours

Regular office hours: Monday through Thursday: 08:00 AM - 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Open advising hours:
Monday - Friday
10:00am - 12:00pm and 1:00 - 4:00pm

*Appointments are also available.

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

International Students and Scholars Office
0321 Surge Building

Tel: (951) 827-4113
Fax: (951) 827-3248