downtown-boardwalk-5.jpegThe International Student Orientation program (ISO) is designed to help you get to know other students, learn more about the campus, and ease your transition to UC Santa Cruz, with a focus on international student challenges and intercultural adjustment. During orientation, you will meet Global Engagement staff, connect with our Global Leaders (continuing undergraduate students), and learn about campus resources to support your studies and success as a UCSC Banana Slug.

ISO takes place on the UCSC main campus and is required for all new, incoming international students in F-1 or J-1 status. More information on preparing you for your arrival at UCSC can be found in the “Pre-Arrival Orientation” found in iGlobal.

Students who consider themselves international but are not in F-1/J-1 status are also welcome to register and attend.


International Student Orientation (Winter 2023)

Date: Monday, January 9

Time: 17:30 - 20:00 (Doors open at 17:30)

Location: Humanities 2 - 259

  • Check-In Time: 17:30 - 18:00
  • Dinner and mingling will begin as early as 17:30
  • Formal program will begin at 18:00

International Student Orientation will include:

  • Dinner
  • Welcome and Introduction of Global Engagement staff
  • Overview of regulations to maintain your F-1 or J-1 status
  • Tips and strategies to aid in your transition
  • Campus Resources
  • Community Building with Global Leaders (undergraduate student leaders)

Register Here (Deadline: Wednesday, January 3)


International Winter Welcome Events

Please join us for the following welcome week events for new international students.

Campus Tour

Date: Wednesday, January 11

Time: 15:30 - 17:00

Meeting Location: Outside Classroom Unit 101 (Global Engagement office)

  • Join our Global Leaders on a walking tour of UC Santa Cruz
  • Meet other new students and familiarize yourself with different resources on campus

Downtown/Wharf Day with Global Leaders

Date: Saturday, January 14

Time: 10:00 - 15:00

Meeting Location: Quarry Plaza (by rock)

  • Come explore Downtown Santa Cruz and the Wharf together with other international students
  • Engage with our Global Leaders and learn about various points of interest around town
  • Bring your own money for lunch/shopping