UCLA Extension

International Student Office

Studying abroad not only provides insights into a new culture and a different educational system, but it also can help you better understand yourself and your own culture. The experience is often exciting, and sometimes presents challenges and problems.

ISO Services include counseling on:
  • Document preparation for F-1 student visas.
  • Visa status changes.
  • Transfers from one school to another.
  • Temporary travel outside the U.S.

The International Student Office (ISO) must be notified and approve any of the actions listed below that you take. We will record them and update your status in the U.S. Government Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).

You must make an appointment for an interview and bring your passport, I-20, and other necessary documents to the meeting.
Action When to Report or Time Required
Arrival/Report in to School Before Orientation
Transferring in to UCLA Extension Before Orientation (and before end of 60-day grace period
I-20 travel endorsement 5 working days before travel
New I-20 2-3 weeks from receipt of complete application
Transferring to another school 15 working days in advance (and before end of 60-day grace period)
Withdrawal from program No more than 15 days before departing the U.S.
Leave of absence 10 working days in advance
Change in certificate program 5 working days after change
Adding a certificate program 5 working days prior to end of current program.
Change of legal name 5 working days after change
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) 10 working days before internship starts
Optional Practical Training (OPT) 90 days before end of program
Program completion At beginning of last quarter