Frosh Program

Global Start: Frosh Program

Global Start: International Student Introduction to UCSC is an orientation program designed for international students and run through the Division of Global Engagement, which is home to International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS).

All first-year international undergraduate students are REQUIRED to attend Global Start. Students who attended orientation during Summer Academy International are also required to attend Global Start.

Global Start Registration

Students are not automatically registered for Global Start. All new international undergraduate students are required to attend Global Start. Click on the "Frosh Registration" button below to get started.


Program Dates

  • Move-in on Monday, September 17, 2018.
    • Please arrive on campus and check into your on-campus residence between 9:00am-5:00pm. Global Leaders (student leaders) will be there to welcome you and assit you with move-in.
    • Optional airport pick up will be available for an additional fee. Details to come.
  • Global Start: Frosh Program: Monday, September 17, 2018 to Thursday, September 20, 2018
  • Optional Beach Day is planned for Friday, September 21, 2018. No fee.
  • Optional San Francisco Day Trip is planned for Saturday, September 22, 2018. Additional fees apply.

Parents are invited to attend a special half-day Parent Program on Tuesday, September 18, 2018.


  • Global Start: Frosh Program Fee: $400
  • 3-day Early Arrival Housing Fee: $160.50
  • Optional Airport Pick Up Fee: to be confirmed
  • Optional San Francisco Day Trip Fee: to be confirmed

Fees will be posted to student accounts in October (housing fees may post earlier).

Sample Program Schedule

MONDAY: Arrival & Move-in

  • Check in at your college's housing office (9:00am-5:00pm)
  • Meet up with Global Leaders for dinner at the Dining Hall
  • Optional social activity after dinner

TUESDAY: Official Program Begins!

  • Check in with your Global Leader & have breakfast together
  • Global Start Program Welcome & Opening Session
  • Community Building & Goal Setting: Start thinking about your new adventure here at UCSC!
  • Lunch
  • Resource Fair (with access to campus resources, local banks, and cell phone companies)
  • Optional campus tours
  • *Parents are invited to join us for a special half-day Parent Program on this day.


  • Check in with your Global Leader & have breakfast together
  • Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE). Students who need to complete the AWPE will take the test in the morning.
  • Lunch
  • Health Care & Campus Safety
  • Meet your Academic Advisors
  • Dinner
  • Social event in your college


  • Check in with your Global Leader & have breakfast together
  • U.S. Classroom Culture Workshop
  • Communication Tips & Strategies Workshop
  • International Student Panel
  • Closing Luncheon
  • Optional afternoon activities, like Downtown Exploration, hiking, or sports activity

FRIDAY: Optional Beach Day

SATURDAY: Optional San Francisco Day Trip (additional fees apply)