Frequently Asked Questions
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GLI is a non-degree program. Fellows receive a certificate of recognition for coursework or study at the end of their session. Learn more about degree programs offered at the School.
During the academic year, UC San Diego campus housing is only available to students enrolled in degree programs. Housing options near campus include renting your own apartment, sharing off-campus housing with students and staying with a host family (homestay). We are happy to provide you with a housing resources list and to answer questions about your stay.
You can download an application here. GLI has a rolling admissions process, but application materials should be sent at least two months before your intended start date.
The staff will contact you within two weeks of receiving your application. It can take up to two months after the receipt of your initial application to process and receive your Form DS-2019.
If you are a full-time student planning to attend courses on a quarterly basis, you must begin study at GLI on the start date listed on the academic calendar and also complete your program on a quarterly end date.
I have a TOEIC or IELTS score, but not a TOEFL score. Will you accept another kind of test? What are the requirements?
Yes. We are happy to review your score on an alternate, official, recognized test and accept the equivalent. For example, we require a score of 68 on the TOEFL iBT (190 CBT, 520 PBT). Equivalent scores: TOEIC (620) and IELTS (6.5).
GLI supports professionals on a J-1 or F-1 student visa. Once you are accepted to the GLI program, you will be given a DS-2019 or I-20 application form. The DS-2019 and I-20 are a certificate of eligibility that you must provide to the U.S. Embassy or consulate when you apply for your J-1 or F-1 visa. The J-1 and F-1 visa allows professionals to bring eligible family members to the U.S. as J-2 or F-2 dependents. Eligible family members are the spouse of the GLI Professional and their unmarried children under the age of 21.
Payments & Cancellations
The application and DS-2019 processing fees are due at the time you apply to the program. Tuition is due on or before the first day of study.
GLI does not offer financial assistance or scholarships. Most of the candidates are sponsored by their institution or government, an outside scholarship and/or personal funds.
We can accept a check, money order, traveler’s checks or bank draft in U.S. dollars, payable to “UC Regents.” If you would like to pay by bank wire, please contact us for bank wire instructions. You will need to pay all bank wire fees.
Fellows withdrawing during the first 35 calendar days of a quarter will receive a refund of fees according to the UC San Diego Schedule of Refunds. The date of withdrawal used in calculating a refund will be the date on which an official withdrawal notice in the form of a signed letter is submitted to GLI.
Current tuition and program costs for GLI's quarterly certificate program can be found online. Please contact us to discuss proposals for groups of executives and study abroad opportunities.
When you arrive, you will need to come to our offices and check in by attending an orientation session. Orientation takes place the week before or the week of the first day of classes. Please check the academic calendar to see the scheduled orientation date for the start of your program. Additionally, at the beginning of most quarters we will have a reception for all incoming and continuing fellows.
It is strongly recommended that all fellows have a personal notebook computer for use during their studies at GLI, with the appropriate security and firewall software installed. Some courses require you to bring a laptop (notebook computer) to school every day the class meets. See the computing services section for the most current recommendations and specifications.