International Student 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 Global Engagement staff and others from across campus who are here to support your studies at UC Santa Cruz.

You will be guided by our fantastic team of Global Mentors, many of whom are international students themselves or have study abroad experience and are invested in supporting our international community. You will get to meet them online this summer and they will serve as your mentor through orientation into the academic year. If you ever have a question, feel free to ask a Global Mentor for help. Learn more about the Global Mentorship Program.

International orientation programs:


Students in F-1 or J-1 status will be directed in the iGlobal portal to sign up for International Student Orientation. An email inviting you to log into iGlobal to register for orientation will be sent in July.

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

Program Dates and Schedules

More detailed schedules will be posted later in summer 2021 and shared via iGlobal.

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.

International Undergraduate Students (first-year "frosh," exchange, and transfer)

The International Student Orientation is mandatory for all new undergraduate students. For fall 2021, this will be held online and divided into two different meetings: one for students who plan to study from outside the United States and one for those who will study from within the United States. Please see below for more information.

New Students Studying from Outside the U.S. for Fall: Wednesday, September 15 from 19:00 - 21:00 PDT (online)

New Students Studying from Within the U.S. for Fall: Sunday, September 19 from 19:00 - 21:00 PDT (online)

Additional Session for New Transfer Students - STARS/Transfer Panel: Monday, September 27 from 15:30 - 17:00 PDT (online)

Follow-On Orientation Sessions for Students Studying in Santa Cruz: Fall Quarter Weeks 1-5 (in-person)

  • This is a weekly series led by Global Mentors and Global Programming to complement your orientation experience such as community building with your Global Mentors and intercultural sessions. We hope to make these available for small in-person groups.

Families of International Students

Monday, September 20 from 19:00 - 20:30 (online)

Families of incoming international students are invited to attend the International Family Orientation online to learn more about what the UC Santa Cruz experience is like and to meet university staff.

Family Orientation will cover basic information such as an overview of the Division of Global Engagement (which encompasses units such as International Student and Scholar Services and Global Programming), Campus Safety, the Student Health Center, and the UC Santa Cruz education system. Please note that presentations during Family Orientation will be given in English. Closed-captioning in English and simplified Chinese will be provided after orientation and will be made available as soon as possible after the orientation.

Sample International Family Orientation Schedule:

  • Chancellor’s welcome

  • Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education (VPDUE) welcome and introduction of Global Engagement staff

  • UCSC college system, advising, and academics

  • Campus Health and Safety presentation

  • Support for International Students: International Student and Scholar Services and Global Programming

  • Student Business Services - Payment options overview

International Graduate Student

Wednesday, September 22 (online)

  • Required for International Graduate Students

  • International graduate student-specific sessions hosted by Global Engagement will take place during the larger Graduate Student Orientation. More detailed schedules will be posted later in summer 2021 and shared via iGlobal.

Visit for additional information on the graduate student orientation.