The 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 particular focus on international student challenges and intercultural adjustment. During orientation, you will meet Global Engagement staff, connect with student Global Leaders in your orientation groups, and learn about campus resources to support your studies and success as a UCSC Banana Slug.

ISO is scheduled to take place in person this year 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 new international students for their 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 Programs At-A-Glance

Please click on the respective orientation that best applies to your status to learn more about the program.

  • International Student Orientation (Frosh)
    • Monday, September 12 - Wednesday, September 14
    • "Frosh" are first-year, degree-seeking students beginning their university studies for the first time at UCSC (regardless of whether they attended high school in the U.S.)
  • International Transfer/Exchange Orientation
    • Friday, September 16
    • "Transfer" students have previously attended another U.S. institution of higher education and are transferring to UCSC to continue their university studies
    • "Exchange" students are here on a short-term exchange for one to three quarters
  • Family Orientation
    • Tuesday, September 13
    • This orientation is primarily designed for parents and guardians of new, incoming first-year students
  • Graduate Student Orientation
    • Wednesday, September 21
    • “Graduate” students are incoming, degree-seeking students beginning a Master's or Ph.D. program at UCSC