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International Students

UC San Diego welcomes applications from international students who demonstrate superior academic potential and wish to pursue an education at an exceptional university.

You are considered an international student if you are neither a U.S citizen nor a U.S. permanent resident.

Your community on campus

Our campus community of faculty, staff, and students is waiting to welcome you! Nearly 2,000 international students and 2,200 international scholars (faculty and researchers) come to UC San Diego from almost 90 different countries/regions. Get involved at the International Center to connect with other students students from the United States and from all around the world.

Join a club to learn a new skill, build connections, or create change. Community Centers celebrate diversity, and offer a home base to be comfortable, relax, make friends, or work for social justice.

International Center resources

The I-Center is your on-campus place for answers. Here are the most common questions from prospective students:

What do I need to know?