Frosh Orientation


International Student Orientation is an online program that helps connect international students to UC Santa Cruz. You will have an opportunity to meet other international students, build community with the help of our dedicated Global Mentors, learn about resources that are present on campus for your success, and establish connections early on before the beginning of fall quarter. In-person components of International Student Orientation will be held in the first month of fall quarter.

All first-year international “frosh” are required to attend International Student Orientation.


Students in F-1 or J-1 status will be directed in the iGlobal portal to sign up for International Student Orientation. Registration will open in July in Stage 4 of your Pre-Arrival Checklist. Please complete your registration in iGlobal in July. Fees for International Student Orientation 2021 have been waived.

Additionally, please complete the full iGlobal Pre-Arrival Orientation Checklist online as soon as possible to request your I-20/DS-2019 form and to prepare for your arrival to Santa Cruz.

Program Dates

Wednesday, September 15 - Thursday, September 16

International Student Orientation for Fall 2021 will be online.  The schedule will be available later this summer.

Note: All dates and times will be listed in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). You can check event times for your time zone using this world clock converter.

Asynchronous activities: Login anytime to access these resources

Campus Resources: Take a look at resources and support from offices across campus.

Culture Sessions (via iGlobal): Learn strategies to handle cultural differences inside and outside the U.S. Classroom.


  • Fees for International Student Orientation 2021 have been waived.