UCEAP Reciprocity and Visa & Immigration Information

International Education Office
International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)
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  • Housing is not guaranteed.
  • Rental agreement last through the end of the academic year (June). If you leave your housing before the end of the agreement, you may be subject to a cancellation fee. Check all terms and conditions.
  • If you apply for more than one housing option, accept only one. You will be financially responsible for all agreements you accept.

College Affiliation 

Undergraduate Students

The Colleges: Communities of Learning

UC Santa Cruz combines the resources of a world-class public research university with a distinctive undergraduate experience characterized by our college system. Each college is a vibrant living/learning community supported by faculty and staff who provide academic support, organize student activities, and sponsor events that enhance the intellectual and social life of the campus.

All undergraduate students affiliate with one of 10 colleges. Every college community includes students with diverse backgrounds and academic goals. Your college affiliation is independent of your major, and assignments are based upon space availability.

On Campus Housing

Undergraduate Students

Campus Housing Office

Explore Campus Housing 

Contact Campus Housing

The colleges at UC Santa Cruz offer two kinds of living accommodations—residence halls and apartments -- both with access to common dining facilities. Nine of the colleges have both residence halls and apartments.

  • Housing assignment is not guaranteed and assignements may be in a college that is different from your collage of affiliation.

Application Deadline:  You will receive instructions at your UCSC e-mail address. Complete the housing application/contract process by the deadline in the email.

Assignment Period:

  • Fall: summer
  • Winter: November

Community Housing (Non-UC Housing)

Graduate/Undergraduate students

Community Rentals Office (CRO)

Explore Off-Campus Options
Tips for International Students
Contact Community Rentals

CRO provides listings of rooms in shared housing and units available in the local community exclusively to UCSC students and affiliates. Check out the online Renter's Workshop for first-time renters or those renters new to California.


We strongly urge you to purchase airline tickets AFTER you have obtained your visa and confirmed travel conditions to the US from your home country. When you do purchase a ticket, purchase a refundable/changeable ticket.

When should I arrive?

No later than

  • Fall: September 22, 2021
  • Winter: To be announced

No earlier than

  • Fall: August 28,2021
  • Winter: December 4, 2021

You may arrive no more than 30 days prior to the start date printed on your visa certificate of eligibility (DS-2019). Students who do not have pre-arranged housing are advised to arrive as early as possible.

Start Date on Certificate of Eligibility (DS-2019)

  • Fall: September 23, 2021
  • Winter: January 3, 2022

International Education Office Events

  • Fall: September 17, 2021 (online); Registration begins July, 2021.
  • Winter: To be announced
Visa Check-in via iGlobal

Deadline: Within 15 days of your program start date
Instructions: See list of items required for check-in. You will submit items electronically.

Move-In Dates

University Housing Residences

Temporary Accommodation
Ground Transport to Campus

Enrollment Resources

Registering for Classes

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Undergraduate Students

Enrolling in Classes
  • Enrollment Period
    • Fall: July 23, 2021. All times are California time. Confirm your local time.
    • Winter: November 
  • Enrollment Time
    • Your appointment time will be noted under "Enrollment Dates" in the portal.
    • Problems signing in? Contact the Help Desk
Enrollment Resources

Notes: Student ID number and password required. You may need to provide proof of completion of prerequisites for enrollment in the course. If you have completed coursework at your home university equivalent to the prerequisite courses, contact the department advisor for authorization.

Graduate Students

Graduate students usually register after consultation with the department graduate advisor. Check with your host department for registration advising.

Student Account

Check your account regularly to pay your fees and avoid late fees.  


  • International Student Orientation: $100 (subject to change)
  • ID Card: $25. Payments must be made in person via cash or check only.
  • Health Insurance Fees: Fees will be billed to your account each quarter. See Health Insurance and Services information.

2021-2022 costs and information are listed below.

Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)

You will automatically be enrolled in your host university health insurance plan. No action is required.

Insurance Information

  • Undergraduates: $986 each quarter
  • Graduates: $1,670 each quarter
Payment Deadline

There is a late fee for payment after the deadline:

  • Fall: September 16, 2021
  • Winter: December 15, 2021
  • Spring: March 22, 2022
Effective Dates
  • Fall: September 18, 2021 to January 2, 2022
  • Winter: January 3, 2022 to March 27, 2022
  • Spring/Summer*: March 28, 2022 to September 16, 2022

*If you are a registered student during Spring quarter, your spring SHIP fee provides coverage through the end of summer.

Immunizations and TB Screening


Health Requirements and Recommendations


  • Fall: September - Two weeks before the start of fall quarter
  • Winter: To be announced

Waiving SHIP

To waive SHIP, you must apply for waiver by submitting documentation of comparable health insurance. Waiver must be approved by your host UC.

Waiver Deadline:
  • Fall: September 15, 2021 (later waiver request through September 30, 2021 with $50 late fee)
  • Winter: December 15, 2021 (later waiver request through December 30, 2021 with $50 late fee)
  • Spring: March 15, 2022 (later waiver request through March 30, 2022 with $50 late fee)