International Student Orientation


We are excited that you have chosen UC Santa Cruz and look forward to meeting you at orientation.

The International Student Orientation program is designed to help you get to know each other, learn more about the campus, and ease your transition to UC Santa Cruz. During orientation, you will meet staff from International Student & Scholar Services, Global Programming, and around campus who are here to support your studies at UC Santa Cruz.

You will also get to know our fantastic team of Global Mentors. Like you, many of our Global Mentors are international students themselves, have study abroad experience, and/or invested in supporting our international community. You will get to e-meet them virtually this summer and they will serve as your mentor from orientation into the academic year. If you ever have a question, feel free to ask a Global Mentor for help.


Students in F-1 or J-1 status will receive an email from Global Programming to register for International Student Orientation. The email will be sent to the address used by the student when applying for admission to UC Santa Cruz, and will provide instructions for the Zoom webinar links.

Additionally, please complete the iGlobal Pre-Arrival Orientation online as soon as possible to request your I-20/DS-2019 form and to prepare for your arrival to Santa Cruz. Note: Fees for International Student Orientation 2020 has been waived.

ISO Virtual Schedule 2020

View and download a pdf of the schedule.

International Student Orientation

Tuesday, September 22 to Thursday, September 24 (three-day program)

  • Required for incoming first-year undergraduate international students, including transfers and exchange students.

Visit our Frosh Program page for more details.

International Family Orientation

Thursday, September 24, 2020 | 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Families of first-year international students are invited to attend a family program on Thursday to learn more about what the UC Santa Cruz experience is like and meet UC Santa Cruz staff.

Visit our Family Program page for more details.

Transfer Student Resources

Wednesday, September 23 | 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. (Required for incoming transfer international students in addition to Tuesday's International Student Orientation session)

  • Required for incoming transfer international students.

Visit our Exchange & Transfer Program page for more details.

International Graduate Student Program

Wednesday, September 30

  • Required for International Graduate Students.

Visit for additional information on graduate student orientation.