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Page last updated August 10, 2021, at 11:45 a.m.

On August 3, 2021, Chancellor Khosla sent a message to all students with more information about the University of California’s approved COVID-19 vaccination policy. For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the policy will require, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against COVID-19 before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. This includes Extension students enrolling in in-person courses and programs.

Detailed guidance for Extension students enrolling in in-person classes will be provided next week. This guidance will include directions on how Extension students will update their profiles with date of birth and gender information.

Please check regularly for the latest on this rapidly-changing situation.
UC San Diego campus-wide updates can be found at

Based on guidance from the UC Office of the President and detailed modeling from our public health experts, UC San Diego and UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies are planning for fall 2021 teaching to be primarily in-person with normal classroom occupancy. Approximately 70 percent of Extension courses were offered via online instruction before the pandemic. We transitioned to  nearly 100 percent online as a result of social distancing concerns and that number is expected to remain high. 

We encourage you to direct specific questions to your instructors or program departments which can be found here. As you know, this is a fast-evolving, situation that has required many adjustments and adaptations. Guidelines and protocols are being updated frequently and we will send out updated communications as needed.

In a statement from the Chancellor today: "We will support the health and well-being of students, staff, and faculty in fall 2021 in accordance with the public health guidelines from the county and the state. The appropriate services and support mechanisms (e.g., vaccination, symptom screening, on-arrival testing, asymptomatic testing, contact tracing, isolation/quarantine housing, wastewater monitoring, outdoor classrooms, compliance protocols, and cleaning services) will continue to be provided as necessary. Our decisions will continue to be guided by the science, the data, and the modeling. We will also be prepared for any contingencies that may arise."

We will continue to keep you updated as plans evolve via campus notice and on the Return to Learn website

Below you will find the following FAQs associated with our programs (these will be updated shortly to reflect today's announced return to campus).



Extension Student FAQ


International Program Students FAQ

  • Is it safe to travel to San Diego?
  • What kind of health and safety measures is the University of California San Diego taking?
  • Once I arrive to the U.S., will I need to self-quarantine?
  • If I purchase the mandatory UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies medical insurance, will this medical insurance cover testing and treatment for COVID-19?
  • Are there health facilities that can assist students who think they might have been exposed to COVID-19?
  • How are international programs at the University of California San Diego’s Extension being offered?
  • When will U.S. Consulates and Embassies resume student visa services?
  • Wil UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies International Programs issue original hardy copy I-20 or DS-2019 forms, or can I use an electronic form to apply for a visa and travel to the U.S.?
  • I am about to complete my program but would like to extend my stay. Can I enroll in additional classes?
  • I have been admitted to an international program, but I am concerned about traveling now. Can I delay my program start date? Will I need a new I-20?
  • I am concerned about traveling now. Can I cancel my program and still get a refund?
  • I want to return home early. Can I receive a refund?

UC San Diego OTI Education Center and Occupational Safety and Health Department FAQ


Sally Ride Science & Pre-College Department FAQ

  • Are Library NExT programs at San Diego Public Libraries still running?
  • Will in-person Futures classes be canceled?
  • Will Sally Ride Science Junior Academy still take place this Summer?
  • Will the new online classes be delivered at the same time as the previous in-person classes?

Teacher Education FAQ


UC San Diego Updates


Additional Resources