International Students impacted by the novel coronavirus are welcome to a host of on-campus resources to navigate the uncertain global health situation. Read on for more information.

By Julia McClenon, International Graduate Peer Advisor
Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 - 7:45am

​In recognizing that the novel coronavirus outbreak may be impacting international students, including international graduate students, we wanted to circulate these important resources from the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS). OISS has made a number of resources available for those affected during this uncertain global health circumstance.

If you are experiencing any impact caused by the ​novel ​coronavirus, please contact OISS. They're here for you.

OISS Advising Walk-in hours:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
10 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 4 pm.
Student Resource Building, 3rd floor

​OISS is also available outside of these times. Please call 805-893-2929 or email to request an appointment. Here are some important resources compiled by OISS:

Campus Resources:

  • Student Health Service (SHS) provides comprehensive and integrated healthcare services that treat illnesses efficiently, promote physical and psychological well-being, and enable students to have a healthy and successful university experience.
  • Mental Health Peers are current students trained to help other students develop tools to better manage stressors related to school as well as relationships to family, friends, romantic partners, and roommates. Peers can also help you get connected to other appropriate resources around campus.

Unable to ​return ​home due to the coronavirus?

  • UCSB On-campus Housing: Accommodations During Breaks. Select residence halls will remain open to students needing spring break accommodations for a fee. Contact OISS if you have been impacted and are seeking on-campus accommodations over the break.
  • UCSB Adventure Programs: Spring Break Adventure Trips. If you are remaining in the U.S. over spring break, why not embark on an adventure? UCSB Adventure Programs is providing an offering of overnight trips over spring break.

Unable to return to the U.S. due to the ​coronavirus?

OISS is working with campus departments to provide reasonable accommodations for individuals who have been impacted by the coronavirus. You're encouraged to contact OISS immediately at or (805) 893-2929 so that they may provide you with advising and support.

Useful ​information and ​updates about ​novel ​coronavirus

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