International Students


With all the recent actions taken by President Trump, it can certainly be a confusing time that may cause you and your family anxiety and distress. I write you today to reassure you that your application to UC Santa Cruz for fall 2017 will be given the same review as any other applicant.

Let me begin by saying that as we review applications, the nation’s politics are not part of our selection criteria. Your application will be reviewed by professionally trained individuals who are only guided by our faculty-approved criteria. You can access our selection criteria for both freshman and transfer applicants within this site. The criteria that we use in assessing students are applied to all applicants, whether they are citizens of the United States or not.

If you are offered admission to our campus, I want you to know that we want you to join our campus community. To that end, should there be restrictions placed on your entry into the U.S., I would be happy to defer your admission to another term when those restrictions may not be in place. UCSC is a campus that seeks to expand our global student population, and once you are here, I am certain that you will find our campus to be a most welcoming and supportive environment.

I thank you for your interest in becoming a student at UC Santa Cruz, and should we admit you, we will do everything we can to make that a reality. As a reminder, admission decisions will be posted in the portal,, beginning March 15, 2017 for freshmen and March 17, 2017 for transfer students. Until then, my best to you and your family.

Michael K. McCawley, Director
Office of Admissions

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International students talk about their lives at UC Santa Cruz. Video by film and digital media student Jimmy Qiu.


Late Application Appeal Instructions – Fall 2017

The fall 2017 application filing period for undergraduate admission is closed. In order to appeal for late application consideration for fall 2017, please provide the following: 

Freshman Admission:

  • A letter of appeal indicating why you missed the filing deadline and why you feel we should consider your late application.
  • Your birth date, city of permanent residence, intended major, self-reported SAT/ACT test scores (or indicate if you took the December test), a current e-mail address, and a current mailing address. 
  • Attach unofficial copies of your high school and all college transcripts to your letter.
  • If you have already submitted a UC application and want to add UCSC, please include your UC application number in your letter of appeal.

Transfer Admission:

  • A letter of appeal indicating why you missed the filing deadline and why you feel we should consider your late application.
  • Your birth date, city of permanent residence, intended major, a current e-mail address, and a current mailing address. 
  • Attach all college transcripts to your letter.
  • If you have already submitted a UC application and want to add UCSC, please include your UC application number in your letter of appeal.

All appeals for late applications should be addressed to:

Blia Yang, Associate Director of Admissions
UCSC Office of Admissions - Hahn
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Our office will respond to your appeal within three weeks of its receipt.

Applying to UC Santa Cruz

  • Application filing period: November 1-30, 2016 (for entrance in fall 2017)*
  • The UC application opens on August 1, 2016
  • The UC application is an online application and can be accessed at:
  • As an international student, you may apply to UC Santa Cruz as either a freshman or a transfer student, depending on your level of education.

*Please note: We do not have a spring term enrollment option.

Did you Know?

  • UCSC ranked 4th in the world for research influence, tied with UC Berkeley and California Institute of Technology (Source: Times Higher Education, 2016)
  • UCSC is located near the heart of Silicon Valley, the worldwide hub of technological innovation. Our close proximity affords students with unparalleled research, internship, and employment opportunities.
  • UCSC ranked 1st worldwide for research impact in molecular biology (Source: Science Watch, 2008)
  • UCSC is home to a major in robotics engineering (The major, leading to a B.S. degree, is the first of its kind in the UC system)
  • UCSC ranked 7th worldwide in international finance (Source: Research Papers in Economics, 2009)
  • In 2010, Forbes Magazine listed UCSC as one of the 23 most beautiful campuses in the world.
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As one of the ten campuses of the esteemed University of California system of public higher education, UC Santa Cruz is committed to educating a global community, encouraging innovative research opportunities, and developing the knowledge and skills that will serve our shared future.

California MapUC Santa Cruz is located on a 2,000 acre campus nestled in a redwood forest overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the Monterey Bay.

Total undergraduate student population: 16,231

Total graduate student population: 1,637

Population of Santa Cruz: 60,000 (metro area population of 262,000)

Due to our close proximity to the ocean, our weather is mild with a mix of sunshine, fog, and rain throughout the year, with mild winters.


At UC Santa Cruz, you will have a wide range of academic options. The campus offers majors and minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, physical and biological sciences, and social sciences. For a complete listing of undergraduate majors and minors, please click here.

The academic programs at UCSC are challenging and rigorous, and many of them are in newer fields that focus on interdisciplinary thinking. Taking advantage of the campus's proximity to centers of industry and innovation such as the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Silicon Valley, many students at UC Santa Cruz take part in fieldwork and internships that complement their studies and provide practical experience in their fields.

Transportation & Getting Around

International Resources

UC Santa Cruz welcomes you to our community! There are many resources available for you to feel comfortable and supported!
International Education Office (visa, immigration, advising information)
Undergraduate Dean's Scholarships and Awards

Our campus and city bus system can get you to any destination in the Santa Cruz area, with easy access to parks, beaches, and shopping. There are buses to Amtrak trains and the San Jose International Airport. Zimride also provides a convenient option for transportation to the San Jose airport. Please reference the following links for more information on local transportation:


Internationally Focused Housing Options

  • iFloor – a residence hall floor of approximately 30 international first-year students and 30 first-year students who apply to live in this intentional intercultural community housed within College Nine residence halls.
  • International Living Center – (ILC) is a unique undergraduate apartment community made up of a mix of U.S. and international students.

UCSC has numerous, professionally staffed programs and services to ensure the safety and well being of all of our students. UCSC has its own police force, as well as safety education programs that all new students are required to attend. UCSC, a very safe and welcoming campus, is a wonderful place to call home for international students.

Residential Life

All undergraduate students, whether they live on campus or not, are affiliated with one of ten residential colleges at UC Santa Cruz. Each college provides academic support, organizes student activities, and sponsors events that enhance the intellectual and social life of the campus in addition to housing students in small-scale residential communities. Our colleges are interdisciplinary, so all majors are welcome at all colleges.

Important Message about Agents

UC Santa Cruz does not partner with agents to represent the University or to administer any part of the undergraduate admission application process. The engagement of agents or private organizations for the purpose of recruiting or enrolling international students is not endorsed by UC Santa Cruz. Agents who may be retained by students to help with the application process are not recognized as representatives of the University and do not have a contractual agreement or partnership to represent UC Santa Cruz.

UC Santa Cruz expects all applicants to complete their own application materials. The use of agent services is not aligned with UC’s Statement on Integrity -- expectations explained as a part of applying for admission to the University. For the complete Statement, go to:

UC Santa Cruz expects an application to be the work of the applicant and that all information on the application is complete, accurate, and truthful.

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