Orientations

Fall 2016 International Student Orientations

New international students to UC Santa Cruz are expected to attend an International Orientation and are required to attend a Maintaining Status session.

If you are an undergraduate-level student, you can find program information at Campus Orientation Programs or email the Orientation Office at internationalorientation@ucsc.edu with specific questions. Graduate students can contact their department advisor or the Graduate Student Association for detailed information.

Freshmen international students participating in Summer Academy will attend welcome activities July 18 - July 21, including a Summer Orientation with other new UCSC students on July 20. Your Maintaining Status session will be scheduled during Summer Academy's first week. You are expected to arrive in Santa Cruz on July 17 between 10:00am to 2:00pm Pacific Standard Time (PST) to move in and begin the program. You will receive registration information and airport pick-up information from Summer Session. You are not required to attend the Fall International Orientation.

Freshmen international students not participating in Summer Academy will attend a mandatory 8-day International Orientation from September 8 - September 15. You are expected to arrive in Santa Cruz on September 8 between 8:00am to 3:00pm Pacific Standard Time (PST) to move in to your housing. Orientation check-in is between 3:00pm to 5:00pm PST. You will receive registration information from the Orientation Office. Your Maintaining Status session will be scheduled during Orientation.

Junior transfer international students are not required to attend the 8-day International Orientation. Your Maintaining Status session will be on September 16 at 2:00pm. You are required to arrive in Santa Cruz in time to attend this session. If you are living on campus during the school year, you will be able to move in to your dorm or apartment on September 15. You will receive housing information directly from the Housing Office.

Graduate international students in Games & Playable Media will attend a special Orientation and Maintaining Status session held at the Silicon Valley Campus (SVC) before classes start. You are expected to arrive in the San Jose area in time to attend this session. You are also welcome to attend additional, optional activities that will be held on the main UCSC campus the week classes start as part of GSA Graduate Student Orientation.

Graduate international students not in Games & Playable Media will attend a Maintaining Status session before classes start. You are expected to arrive in Santa Cruz in time to attend this session. Additional, optional activities will be held throughout the week as part of GSA Graduate Student Orientation. Your department will also hold an orientation for you that you are expected to attend. IEO works with departments to ensure the Maintaining Status session does not conflict with your department orientation. If there is a conflict, however, the Maintaining Status session takes priority.

Visiting UCEAP Reciprocity students will attend a mandatory 1-day International Orientation on September 16. You will receive registration information from the Orientation Office. If you are living on campus during the school year, you may request to move in to your dorm or apartment as early as September 12 (fees apply). If you are living off campus during the school year, you are expected to arrive in Santa Cruz by September 15.

Visiting 3rd-party sponsored exchange students (e.g. BSMP) should contact their advisor at their sponsor and the main liaison in the International Education Office to determine what orientation activities you are expected to attend.

For Fall Welcome Week workshops & events sponsored by the International Education Office and other campus partners, please visit our Events page.

As a reminder, please note that all new UCSC F-1 and J-1 international students (undergraduate, transfer, graduate, and UCEAP reciprocity) are required to complete a Visa Check-in.