International Graduate Student Orientation

International Graduate Student Orientation

Date: Monday, September 25
Time: 9:00AM-1:00PM
Location: Media Theater 110
International Graduate Student Orientation is mandatory for all new* international grad students. Meet fellow international grads and UCSC staff. Learn important information specific to international students that will help you transition to your new life at UCSC.
*Students attending the Graduate Prep Program (August 28-September 20) are exempt, and Games & Playable Media MS students should instead attend the SVC Orientation.

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Detailed Schedule (Download as PDF)

8:45-9:15          Check-in | Coffee & Pastries

9:15-9:30          Welcome & Introductions

9:30-10:30        Maintaining Status

10:30-10:45      Q & A

10:45-11:25      International Student Panel

11:25-11:30      Closing Remarks

11:30-1:00        Lunch 

Students with Teaching Assistantships:

1:00-5:00          Teaching Assistant (TA) Orientation (check-in between 11:30-1:00)

Optional Afternoon Workshops for International Graduate Students:

1:00-2:00          U.S. Academic Culture

Academic culture, including student and teacher roles as well as classroom interactions vary from culture to culture. This session will help you understand what to expect in a U.S. higher education context.

2:15-3:15          Life in Santa Cruz

Find out where to eat, shop, and have fun in Santa Cruz! 

3:30-4:30          Meet the IGSC: International Graduate Student Committee!

Learn what the International Graduate Student Committee (IGSC) does and how it benefits you.