International Programs

International Student Services and Programs (ISSP) designs and facilitates orientations, programs, and events for international undergraduates and graduate students to foster increased intercultural learning, build community, and support cultural adjustment. ISSP also administers a mentorship program for new international students that serves as leadership development for the mentors, assists with pre-departure orientations and re-entry programming for study abroad/away students, and offers international/intercultural events open to all.

Seasonal Programs

For questions/comments, contact the International Programs team at

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International Programs Newsletter

Stay connected with international student news, campus resources, and events.

Student Support Resources

Academic Support

Academic Advising (Frosh)

Academic Advising (Transfer)

Academic advising at UCSC is primarily supported through your specific college and department. They help to ensure that you are on the best academic plan toward completing your degree.

Academic Advising Website

Learning Support Services (LSS) Tutoring

LSS provides undergraduates with course-specific academic support which includes tutoring and supplemental lessons. They also provide drop-in math and writing tutoring.

LSS Website


The library offers many services including reserving study rooms, finding ebooks and online articles, and research assistance, and more.

Library Website

Undergraduate Honors and Research Opportunities

The Office of Undergraduate Honors and Research Opportunities offers support to honor student groups and societies and assist students with seeking prestigious scholarships and awards.

Undergraduate Honors and Research Opportunities Website

Writing Program

The Writing Program offers courses designed to help students become more competent in their writing through teaching skills of grammar and organization and strategies of invention, composition, revision, and editing.

Writing Program Website

Administrative Support

Academic Excellence Program (ACE)

ACE is an academic support program that helps foster a community within STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) majors. Students within these majors can apply for this program.

ACE Website

ITS (Zoom, Canvas, VPNs)

UCSC Information Technology Services (ITS) helps you get connected securely and safely. If you encounter issues while distance learning with Zoom or VPNs, submit a help ticket through their website.

ITS Website

Office of Emergency Services (COVID-19)

The mission of the Office of Emergency Services (OES) is: To administer comprehensive emergency management, business continuity, and fire prevention programs to prepare for, respond to, recover from, and reduce the impacts of events that threaten the mission of the university.

Ready Slugs Videos discuss a variety of safety and emergency preparedness topics for students, faculty, and staff at UCSC.

Office of Emergency Services Website

Student Business Services (SBS) Flywire

Student Business Services (SBS) assists students with navigation and understanding of the MyUCSC Student Center. UCSC partners with Flywire, an international payment processing service.

For more information, including Financial Literacy, visit the Student Business Services Website.

Orientation Videos

International Family Orientation

A recording of the 2021 International Family Orientation.

This video can be viewed with closed captioning in your preferred language. 

Accessing Health Care

This video can be viewed with closed captioning in your preferred language. 

Student Affairs Services

Athletics & Recreation Department

UCSC Athletics & Recreation Department oversees the different athletic facilities and programs on campus, including intramural sports. They currently offer online fitness classes and other courses throughout the year.

Athletics & Recreation Department Website

Career Services

UCSC Career Center connects students with job opportunities on campus and provides excellent resources including resume reviews and interview coaching workshops.

Career Services Website

Student Health Center

The Student Health Center (SHC) provides quality healthcare needs for all our students. They also encompass our Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) for mental health services. 

Anastassia Alexandrovskaia serves as our International Case Manager with SHC/CAPS, and helps to assist international students with getting connected with health and wellness resources on and off campus.

CAPS Website

Resource Centers

The following six resource centers offer students various services through academic, cultural, and community support activities. Visit the Resource Centers Website.

Lionel Cantú Queer Resource Center

The Lionel Cantú Queer Resource Center is the nexus of support and advocacy for the LGBTQIA+ community at UCSC. Visit the Lionel Cantú Queer Resource Center Website.

Chicanx Latinx Resource Center

The Chicanx Latinx Resource Center was established in 1995 as a response to the educational needs of Chicanx Latinx students at UCSC. Visit the Chicanx Latinx Resource Center.

American Indian Resource Center

The AIRC is dedicated to supporting the needs of American Indian students and increasing Native visibility on campus by advocating student-centered programs, cultural events, and tools for academic success and well-being. Visit the AIRC Website.

African American Resource & Cultural Center

The AARCC provides a wide range of support, resources, and programs for students from the African diaspora at UCSC Visit the AARCC Website.

Asian American Pacific Island Resource center

The Asian American Pacific Islander Resource Center (AA/PIRC) established in 1999, provides and enhances opportunities for developing leadership, building a stronger sense of community on campus, and linking students to community service opportunities. Visit the AA/PIRC Website.

Women’s Center

The UCSC Women’s Center affirms the dignity and diversity of all women. The center continues and challenges feminist traditions by creating community space for all women and their allies to achieve individual and social change. Visit the Women’s Center Website.

SOAR/Student Media/Cultural Arts and Diversity (SOMeCA)

SOMeCA is the umbrella organization overseeing all student groups and resources for their success.

SOMeCA Website

Services for Transfers and Re-entry Students (STARS)

Watch an overview video.

STARS provides culturally responsive support to transfer and re-entry students.

Stars Website


Beyond OPT Workshop

Learn about different visa options to stay in the U.S. after graduation.
Hosted by Global Programming and the Graduate Division.

CAPS 101: Navigating Mental Health at UCSC

Chinese Names Pronunciation Workshop

Learn the fundamentals of reading Chinese pinyin names.
Hosted by Lina Li and Global Mentors of Global Engagement.

Immigration Updates and Q&A Session – June 2021

Catch up on important immigration updates and learn about fall orientation and other support services.

Job Searching In Business & Economics

Hear from UCSC international alumni from business and economics backgrounds about what it’s like working in the field.

The Tech Job Search

Top 10 Strategies – International Study and Career Planning

Discover strategies to help with remote learning and career planning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stars Website

Last modified: May 15, 2024