New Ph.D. Student Calendar of Events

Please note that all dates below are tentative due to current Covid-19 health crisis and state and UCSB campus guidelines.

August 2020


Monday, August 24th

  • Economics PhD Student Orientation
  • For Econ Ph.D. and approved Bren Ph.D.- EES students only
  • Location: North Hall 2111
  • Time: 9:00am - 10:00am


Monday, August 24th

  • Math “Boot” Camp begins (ends Friday, September 13th)
  • For Econ Ph.D. and approved Bren Ph.D.- EES students only
  • Location: North Hall 2111
  • Time: 10:00am – 11:30am, 1:00pm – 2:30pm (with a break for lunch time included)
  • During the morning of the first day of Math Camp, we will have a short Ph.D. orientation starting at 9:00am (see above)


Wednesday, August 25th
and Thursday, August 26th

  • New Economics Ph.D. Students have professional photo taken.
  • Location: Kerr Hall 1120
  • Time: Between 1:00pm and 4:00pm

September 2020

Monday, September 7th

  • Labor Day Holiday (Econ Offices and Campus is closed. No Math Camp)

Monday, September 14th (tentative scheduled date)

  • Teaching Assistant English Language Placement Examination (TA ELPE)
    • Oral exam Required for all new international Ph.D. students to certify you for sole classroom instruction.
    • Click this link, for more information.

Wednesday, September 16th (tentative scheduled date)

  • Cultural Awareness, Laws and Immigration Training (C.A.L.I.), hosted by the UCSB Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) - following the ELPE.
    • Attendance is Mandatory for all new International Graduate Students
    • Location: Corwin Pavilion
    • You will also completed your new student check-in during CALI training. Please bring the following documents with you to the CALI training
      1. Your completed check-in form
      2. Your I-20 or DS 2019 document
      3. Passport (with F-1 or J-1 visa)

Sunday, September 27th

  • Fall quarter Officially Begins

Tuesday, September 29th (tentative scheduled date)

Wednesday, September 30th (tentative scheduled date)

  • New Graduate Student Orientation hosted by the UCSB Graduate Division
    • Location: Campbell Hall
    • Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm
      • The program includes presentations from key campus representatives, a luncheon, and Resource Fair. Check out the Digital Resource Packet for information and resources from organizations that will be tabling at our Resource Fair, as well as other campus entities that new grad students should be aware of. .  

Thursday, October 1st

  •  Fall Quarter Instruction Begins
    • Graduate fee payment deadline for “Amount Due” charges for Fall 2020 Registration Fees. Graduate students who still have a balance due must pay or defer this balance by 4 p.m., to avoid a $50 late payment fee.
    • Students can view their BARC account balances at https://mybarc.ucsb.edu . Graduate students who are not paid will not be allowed to continue with registration until fee payment is made. Fellowship payout begins approximately one week prior to the start of classes. Graduate students who are not paid will not be allowed to continue with registration until fee payment is made.

2021 Preliminary Qualifying Examinations

Tentative Dates for the 2020-2021 academic year prelim exams are:

  • Microeconomics, Monday, June 14, 2021
  • Econometrics, Monday, June 21, 2021
  • Macroeconomics, Monday, June 28, 2021