International Students

International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) provides visa and immigration advising to F-1 and J-1 international students at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). ISSS also provides orientation, workshops, information, and referrals to international students regarding cultural, personal, and other concerns. We welcome you to UCSC, and are here to assist you as you transition to your new community.

Prospective Students

Information for international students interested in attending UCSC.

Newly Admitted Students

Information for international students who have been admitted to UCSC to complete a degree. This section provides information on visa types, the visa process, orientation, and other pre-arrival matters.

Current Students

Information for international students who have arrived and are attending UCSC. This section includes information on enrollment requirements, employment, travel, and extending your program.

Exchange Students

Information for international students participating in an exchange (e.g. UCEAP). This section includes information on pre-arrival matters, the visa process, enrollment requirements, employment, travel, and extending your program.

Summer Students

Information for international students interested in attending UCSC during the Summer Sessions, including those coming through special programs. This section includes information on pre-arrival matters, the visa process, and enrollment requirements.

Employment Workshops

Planning to apply for OPT? Wondering about how to get approval for an off-campus internship through CPT? This page lists our upcoming workshops. Sign up for one today!

Student Spotlight Profiles

Learn about some of our current and past international students!