Transfer/Exchange Orientation

International Transfer/Exchange Orientation is a one-day in-person program that helps connect international transfer and exchange students to UC Santa Cruz. You will have an opportunity to meet other international students, learn about resources that are present on campus for your success, and establish connections early on before the beginning of fall quarter.

International Transfer/Exchange Orientation is required for all new, incoming international transfer and exchange students in F-1/J-1 status.

Please Register Here

Program Schedule

Thursday, September 15 - On-Campus Housing Move-In

Friday, September 16 - International Transfer/Exchange Orientation, at Classroom Unit Building

  • Orientation Session | 9:00 - 12:15
    • Exchange Mixer
    • Services for Transfer and Re-Entry Students (STARS) Presentation
    • Immigration Session from ISSS on maintaining your status
    • Student Panel
    • Global Programming Support
  • Lunch (Provided) | 12:15 - 13:00
  • Campus Tour with Global Leaders | 13:00 - 14:30
  • Shopping Shuttles to Target | 15:00 - 18:00
    • If you are interested, please complete this short interest form here.


$100 program fee, posted to your student account in fall quarter.

Optional: Early Arrival Housing

Transfer/Exchange students that are interested in moving in earlier than Thursday, September 15 may apply for Early Arrival Housing through the UCSC Housing Portal:

Steps to register:

  • On the Housing Portal main page, click on the “Early Arrival Request” button
    • When asked to specify a reason for your request, select “On-campus training or orientation program”
    • Select the checkbox that indicates you were “specifically invited to arrive early as part of a campus org or group”
    • Under the Early Arrival Group Affiliation page, select “International Student Orientation” from the dropdown menu
    • Continue on to the Early Arrival Options, and select “3 Day Program”
    • You are responsible for the charges for the Early Arrival Housing fee