Global Start


We are excited that you have chosen UC Santa Cruz, and look forward to meeting you at Global Start!

Global Start is our international student orientation program designed to help you get to know each other, learn more about campus, and ease your transition to UCSC. During Global Start, you will meet staff from International Student & Scholar Services and around the campus who are here to support your studies at UCSC.

You will also get to know our fantastic team of Global Leaders. Like you, many of our Global Leaders have are international students themselves or have the experience of studying abroad. You will see them around campus wearing their yellow Global Leader t-shirts. If you ever have a question, feel free to go up to one of them for help!

At a Glance

Global Start: Frosh Program

Monday, September 17, 2018 to Thursday, September 20, 2018 (four-day program)

  • Required for incoming first-year undergraduate international students. Frosh who attended Summer Academy International are also required to attend the Global Start Frosh Program.
  • Move-in day is Monday, September 17, 2018. This is the day you can move into your on-campus housing.
  • Visit our Global Start Frosh Program page for more details.

Global Start: Parent Program

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 (half-day program)

  • Parents of first-year international students are invited to attend a half-day program (9:30am-2:00pm) to learn more about what the UC Santa Cruz experience is like. 
  • Visit out Global Start Parent Program page for more details.

Global Start: Exchange & Transfer Program

Friday, September 21, 2018 (one-day program)

  • Required for incoming exchange & transfer international students.
  • Move-in day is Thursday, September 20, 2018. If you will be living on campus, this is the day you can move into your on-campus residence.
  • Visit our Global Start Exchange & Transfer Program page for more details.

International Graduate Student Program

International Graduate Students are required to attend a short program on the afternoon of Tuesday, September 25, 2018

More information will be posted as it becomes available.