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.

Thank you to everyone that attended our fall 2021 International Student Orientations. Information about recordings as well as our “Follow-On Orientation” can be found below.

For new students starting their studies in winter 2022, please see below for information regarding our Winter International Student Orientation.

International orientation programs:

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.


Fall 2021 Orientation (First-year "frosh," exchange, and transfer)

Orientation Recordings

Did you miss the online sessions? Access a recording of the sessions below.

  • International Student Orientation (Studying Locally in the U.S.)
  • International Family Orientation
    • From Monday, September 20
    • Share and watch the Family Orientation via YouTube with your family members. For subtitles, click on settings > subtitles > auto-translate > preferred language
  • Note: auto-translate is not entirely accurate. Help your family with the translation.

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

For those of you on campus, Global Programming is continuing to provide follow-on orientation sessions to help you build community and adjust culturally and academically to life at UC Santa Cruz. These events will be held in person and food will be provided.

  • Wednesdays from 12:00 - 13:30 PDT
  • Thursdays from 16:00 - 17:30 PDT
  • Location: Namaste Lounge at Colleges 9 & 10

You can attend either a Wednesday or Thursday session as best fits your schedule. Each week we will discuss a specific topic to help you adjust to the university.

  • Week 3 - U.S. Classroom Culture Overview
  • Week 4 - Intercultural Strategies: Navigating Intercultural Differences and Communicating with Professors, Classmates, and Roommates
  • Week 5 - International  and Other Identities
Register Here for Follow-On Orientation, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Winter 2022 Orientation (All new international undergraduate/graduate students)

Sunday, January 2 from 19:00 - 20:30 (online)

The International Student Orientation is mandatory for all new undergraduate and graduate students. Students can check the iGlobal Pre-Arrival Checklist online for more information about orientation and to prepare for your arrival.

In addition to orientation, there will also be a social event for all new students taking place on Monday, January 3 from 18:00 - 19:00 (location to be announced). More information will be shared at a later date. 

Graduate students can also expect a dedicated social event to connect with other new and continuing graduate students early winter quarter. Graduate students should connect with their departments and visit graddiv.ucsc.edu for additional information on any graduate student orientation onboarding.