Frosh and Transfer Students

Congratulations on your admission to UC Santa Cruz! As a Banana Slug, you have access to hundreds of global programs in over 40 countries, including domestic opportunities in the U.S.

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Frosh Students

When to Start Planning

As a first-year student, you have ample time to fit global learning into your academic career. With careful planning, it is possible to study abroad or away 2 or even 3 times.

We recommend that you start planning one year in advance of when you would like to go. That means if you want to study abroad or away next Summer, you should start planning the Fall prior. Once you reach sophomore standing (45 units earned), you become eligible to study abroad or away.* Applications for Summer, Fall, and Academic Year programs open up in early November.

*some programs require junior standing

First Steps

  1. Complete your Profile in the Global Learning Portal (see accessing the Global Learning Portal)

  2. Browse Programs

  3. Learn more about Academic Planning for study abroad/away

  4. Understand how to Afford Global Learning

Questions?

See Advising.

 


Transfer Students

When to Start Planning

Create a plan now to fit global learning into your academic experience at UC Santa Cruz. 

You can go abroad or away after you've completed at least 1 term at UCSC*, but you will need to plan ahead because deadlines are 4-8 months before departure. Deadlines vary by program. For Winter or Spring programs, deadlines occur between April and August the year prior. For Summer or Fall programs, deadlines occur between November and March.

*Some programs require that at the time of applying you must already have a UC GPA or a minimum of 2 quarters completed at a UC. Check eligibility criteria carefully.

First Steps

  1. Complete your Profile in the Global Learning Portal (see accessing the Global Learning Portal)

  2. Browse Programs

  3. Learn more about Academic Planning for study abroad/away

  4. Contact your proposed major advisor to discuss the best time to study abroad for your major. We recommend you use the UCSC Academic Planning Form as a guide.

  5. Understand how to Afford Global Learning

Questions?


Accessing The Global Learning Portal

The Global Learning Portal is the Global Learning database where you can:

  • Set up your Profile
  • Apply to programs
  • RSVP to events
  • Set up appointments with Advisors

In order to access the Global Learning Portal, you need UCSC credentials. Once your credentials are activated, there is a delay before your information becomes synced up with the Global Learning Portal, which is usually a few months before your first quarter at UCSC begins. Please try the UCSC Students Login, and if you receive a message that your account is currently disabled or could not be found, please follow the instructions below:

  1. Go to the Non-UCSC Student Account Setup.
  2. In the "Information" section of the Profile, be sure to:
    1. Select "Non-UCSC Student" to the question Applicant Type Registration.
    2. Put your personal email (not your UCSC email) in the Campus Email Address field. This will be your login username.
  3. Follow all instructions and complete all fields to create your Profile. You will then have access to applications, appointments, and event RSVPs!
  4. Submit this form to let us know you've set up your account, so that we can ensure it is properly synced up with your UCSC credentials by the time you start at UCSC.
  5. Important: to access the Global Learning Portal, sign in using the Non-UCSC Student Login. We will let you know when you can start using the regular UCSC Student Login with your UCSC credentials.

If you have any questions, please email us at globallearning@ucsc.edu for further assistance.