Graduate Preparation Program

The Graduate Division's Graduate Preparation Program will be held from August 28, 2017- September 20, 2017. This intensive program focuses on English for Academic Purposes (EAP), academic skills, and cultural orientation for international graduate students at UC Santa Cruz. The cost of the program per student is $850 (detailed at http://global.ucsc.edu/globalcollaboration/programs/gradprep/datesandcost.html).

All international graduate students whose first language is not English are encouraged to attend the program. It provides a strong foundation to the U.S. classroom environment and university system, in addition to the opportunity to practice and master the language and academic skills needed for success.

Please note, you are REQUIRED to attend the program if:

  • you are offered a Teaching Assistant position at UCSC for the upcoming academic year, AND:
  • you have not passed the IELTS or TOEFL exam with a qualifying score (8 overall for the IELTS; or 26 for the TOEFL sub-score in Speaking),
    • nor have you passed the Versant with a score of 71 or higher, nor completed the LAAD 210 course at UC Santa Cruz.

You are STRONGLY RECOMMENDED to attend the program if:

  • you are interested in obtaining a Teaching Assistant position at UCSC for the upcoming academic year, AND
  • you have not passed the IELTS or TOEFL exam with a qualifying score (8 overall for the IELTS; or 26 for the TOEFL sub-score in Speaking).

Register now for the Grad Prep program at: http://global.ucsc.edu/globalcollaboration/programs/gradprep/index.html. We recommend registering as soon as possible.

If you are a new international student seeking a visa sponsorship from UCSC, you will have received an email from International Student and Scholar Services to your UCSC account detailing how to activate and upload your documents to the Visa Document Request Tool. When completing and uploading the I-20 request form: in section B on the I-20 form under “Program Start” and then “Special Program” please select “Grad Prep Program.” This will notify International Student & Scholar Services that you will be entering the U.S. earlier than expected and they can prepare your I-20 accordingly.

Not every graduate department will sponsor the cost of this program for their students; you should contact your program to inquire about availability of funds if they have not already communicated this to you. If you need to provide proof of funds to the ISSS office, contact your graduate program to ask for a signed letter on UCSC letterhead, detailing the total amount being provided to you; provide this letter to the ISSS office in the visa document request tool if requested.

Program participants must arrive before August 28th; housing and meals will be at your own expense. There will be on-campus housing available for the duration of the Grad Prep Program only, for more info see: http://global.ucsc.edu/globalcollaboration/programs/gradprep/housingmeals.html. Once you register for the program you will be contacted directly with instructions for applying for this on-campus housing option. Important note: this is not permanent housing. You are responsible for finding permanent housing for the duration of the academic year and beyond after the program ends.

If you have any questions regarding this matter please contact the Office of Global Engagement.

We hope you will be able to utilize this exciting program at UC Santa Cruz, and look forward to seeing you soon on our campus.