Transition and Support

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Global Programming

Global Programming, a unit within the Division of Global Engagement, designs and facilitates orientation programs, events, and activities for international students and scholars to foster increased intercultural learning, build community, and support cultural adjustment.

International Student Orientation

Designed by Global Programming, International Student Orientation helps exchange and visiting students get to know one another, learn about the campus, and ease the transition to UC Santa Cruz. In the fall, winter, and spring, there is an orientation for exchange and visiting students and a series of welcome week activities. Orientation is scheduled for the week before the start of classes. 

Note: All exchange and visiting students must attend International Student Orientation. This is separate from the orientation offered by the Orientation Office at UC Santa Cruz.

Global Mentorship Program

Designed by Global Programming, Global Mentorship Program pairs new incoming international students with peer mentors who are knowledgeable and experienced UC Santa Cruz students. Connecting students to campus resources and activities and offering a support system as they navigate cultural, academic, and social challenges eases their transition to campus.

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

ISSS, a unit within the Division of Global Engagement, advises students on immigration status and helps locate resources on campus for support and getting connected. 

Immigration and Visa

Applicants who are non-U.S. citizens must obtain a visa to the U.S. (J-1 or F-1) at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate in their home country, before the start of their program. To request the official “Certificate of Eligibility” (DS-2019 or I-20) from UC Santa Cruz, which is required for visa application, applicants must provide documentation to UC Santa Cruz of financial resources sufficient to cover minimum “Cost of Living” expenses. Visiting students must show additional funding to cover applicable tuition and fees.

Welcome Guide

Additional useful information for international students at UC Santa Cruz can be found in the Welcome Guide, provided by ISSS.