Return to in-person fall orientation for new international students

Students walking on the UCSC campus

In September of 2022, the Division of Global Engagement returned to offering in-person International Student Orientation for international frosh, transfer, and exchange students at UC Santa Cruz.

The orientation consists of a three-day program for frosh and a one-day program for transfer and exchange students.

During orientation, staff introduced students to meaningful topics including U.S. classroom culture, intercultural strategies, health and safety, student business services, a resource fair for banking, and academic integrity, all through an intercultural and international lens. 

New students also learn about important immigration procedures and regulations, ensuring international students understand how to remain in status. 

“Being back in person this fall allowed students to meet each other, build community, and form connections in small groups by college affiliation with the Global Leaders (orientation leaders), who led activities,” said Assistant Director of Global Programming Andy Ng.

Global Leader-led activities included a welcome reception, community building activities, a campus tour, game night, night hike, karaoke night, and a shopping trip to Target to purchase items that wouldn’t fit in a suitcase.

“It was gratifying to see students connecting with each other during the Global Leader-led activities and in their free time, after two years of online programs, when this was difficult to facilitate, despite our best efforts via Zoom breakout rooms,” Director of Global Programming Lisa Swaim, said. “Seeing our campus come alive again with students who bring international and global perspectives made for a joyful week.”

Additionally, a family program and luncheon were delivered to parents or other family members who arrived with their student; however, the vast majority of our international students come bravely alone.

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