International Student Orientation


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

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 UCSC. During orientation, 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 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

International Frosh Orientation

Monday, Sept. 16, 2019 to Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019 (four-day program)

  • Required for incoming first-year undergraduate international students. Frosh who attended Summer Academy International are also required to attend the International Frosh Orientation.
  • Move-in day is Monday, Sept. 16, 2019. This is the day you can move into your on-campus housing.
  • Visit our Frosh Program page for more details.

International Parent Orientation

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019 (half-day program)

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

International Exchange & Transfer Orientation

Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 (one-day program)

  • Required for incoming exchange and transfer international students.
  • Move-in day will be announced. If you will be living on campus, this is the day you can move into your on-campus residence.
  • Visit our 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 TBD. 

Visit for additional information on graduate student orientation.