Welcome, International Admitted Students for Fall 2017!

Congratulations on your admission to UC Santa Cruz! If you find that UC Santa Cruz is the right university for you, we do hope that you will decide to join us in our challenging but supportive educational environment, a unique learning community where new knowledge is created every day.

When we speak with students regarding their decision to attend UC Santa Cruz, they often mention the academic reputation of their professors, advisors, and programs, along with the location.

UC Santa Cruz, offering 65 majors in the arts, humanities, physical and biological sciences, and social sciences, plus the Jack Baskin School of Engineering, is internationally known for its cutting-edge academic programs, its distinguished professors, and the quality of its engagement with students. More information on reputation and rankings.

In addition to its academic reputation, UC Santa Cruz benefits from an exciting, beautiful location. As a student at UCSC, you may take part in internship and research opportunities at companies and research centers in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Silicon Valley, which are both nearby. Our distinctive residential college system gives students a supportive and safe community within the university where they can feel at home. See our campus video to get more of a sense of our peaceful but dynamic campus environment. More information on the Santa Cruz area.

We wanted to let you know more about what to expect as an international student at UC Santa Cruz.

Academic records requirements for students who decide to register at UCSC:

  • If you decide to accept our offer of admission, official records or transcripts of your non-U.S. university coursework are required.
  • Certified translations are required for college and university records issued in languages other than English. Translators with knowledge of educational records and terminology should be used. Resources include the American Translators Association (www.atanet.org) and the Northern California Translators Association (www.ncta.org).
  • Secondary-school records generally do not need to be translated unless they are in a language that does not use the Roman alphabet.
  • Transfer coursework completed outside the U.S. will be reviewed by campus departments for satisfaction of prerequisites and major-preparation requirements. Course descriptions are required for review.

I-20/Visa requirements for students who decide to register at UCSC:

For this information, please see the International Education Office's Request an I-20 or DS-2019 page. Once you accept your offer of admission you will be notified via e-mail about obtaining your I-20 or DS-2019.

What international students have to say about UC Santa Cruz:

"International Students and Scholars advisors have assisted me in various ways that made my graduate career here at UCSC a smooth one, and their patience and dedication to serving international students have allowed me to concentrate on becoming a better teacher and researcher." – Dr. Jinzhuo Zhao, China

"I have expanded my knowledge by studying methodologies and programs completely different from my own by working more closely with specialists in my field. Additionally, I got the incredible opportunity to work in my field, in one of the bigger businesses of the Silicon Valley, pursuing my passion in a place I love." – Davide Di Censo, Italy

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