Welcome to UCSB! Making the transition to graduate school can be an exciting but also anxious time. Check out the information and resources on this page to learn more about the community of scholars that you will be joining and how you can set yourself up for success.
New Graduate Student Orientation is on Wednesday, September 21, 2016
. More information about this event and other ways to connect with new students and campus resources is sent out to incoming students via e-mail during the summer prior to matriculation. If you have any questions, please e-mail Robert Hamm
For information about other campus orientations, visit the following links:
CALI (Cultural Awareness, Laws, and Immigration) Training for International Students
Registration and attendance is required for all new international graduate students.
English Language Placement Exam (ELPE)
All international students whose first language is not English are expected to take the exam unless exempted. There is also a list of FAQs about the ELPE.
Campus-Wide Orientation for New TAs and Readers
Attendance is required of all first-time Teaching Assistants and Readers with secured appointments at UCSB, even if duties will not begin until Winter or Spring Quarters.
Check with your department for information about orientation sessions and other pre-quarter activities for new graduate students.
The go-to website for news, funding, professional development, events, advice, and more related to graduate student life at UCSB.
New Grad FAQs
A list of common questions about funding, student life, academics, and more.
Digital Resource Packet
Check out the organizations below and view resources that were distributed at the 2016 New Graduate Student Orientation Resource Fair.
Graduate Student Handbook
All the policies and procedures you'll ever need to know as a graduate student.
1st Year Guide from EEMB
A handy guide from the Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology Department about everything from finding a home to finding parking at UCSB.
An Open Letter to New Graduate Students
A great collection of advice from ProfHacker Brian Croxall about making the transition to graduate school.
The GradPost Life Section
Information on fun events, free food, and keeping your sanity in grad school.
Information about on-campus parking options and alternative modes of transportation.
Housing Guides and Resources
Roommate Search Resources
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