Admission of International Students

The University of California welcomes students from countries throughout the world to enhance our vibrant campus community. The academic credentials of applicants from other countries are evaluated by Undergraduate Admissions specialists in accordance with UC faculty-approved regulations governing admission.

UC Santa Cruz accepts applications from international students for the fall quarter, and students should begin application inquiries a year before the quarter of desired enrollment. Openings for the winter quarter may be limited. If you are interested in applying for winter, check with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions

If your native language is not English, you must certify proficiency in English. Further information is available on the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website.  

A financial certificate and official academic records will be required if you are admitted to the university. Generally, nonimmigrant students must provide documentation that sufficient funds will be available to cover nonresident tuition, educational fees, and living expenses. The university does not offer need-based financial assistance to international students.

For information about services for international students, see the International Student & Scholar Services website.