Newly Admitted Grads

Congratulations and welcome to the Economics Department at UC Santa Cruz! Please take a few moments to review the information below about our programs and what you'll need to do as a new graduate student.

International Student Pre-arrival Information:

Important Dates

  • MANDATORY visa check-in:   You do not need to make an appointment. You should, however, plan for visa check-in to take approximately 15-20 minutes.
  • Campus-Wide New Graduate Student  and Teaching Assistant Orientation: Monday, Sept. 25, 2017 (8:30 - 11:00 am and 1:00 - 5:00 pm) - Media Theater
  • Economics Department Graduate Student Orientation for M.S. students: Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017 (Engineering 2, Room 499)
  • Economics Department Graduate Student Orientation for Ph.D. students: Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017 (Engineering 2, room 499)
  • Fall 2017 Quarter Begins:  Saturday, September 23, 2017
  • Fall 2017 Instruction Begins:  Thursday, September 28, 2017


If you are living on-campus, please see the individual housing offices for details on when you can arrive.

For information on airport transportation, please see the Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) webpage.

Driver's License Information

If you are either employed or a student in California, you must obtain a California Driver's License in order to drive. This would include those on F-1, J-1, H-1B, TN, and their dependents. If you are going to purchase a motor vehicle (a car, scooter or motorcycle), most insurance companies will not provide coverage unless you have a valid California License.

To obtain a California Driver’s License contact the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) located at 4200 Capitola Road (near 41st Avenue) in Capitola. The telephone number is 1-800-777-0133. Their web site address is

In addition to permitting you to operate a motor vehicle, a driver’s license is also the most recognized means of identification. A California ID Card is also available through the DMV as a means of identification for those ineligible for a driver's license. You will be asked for a Social Security number and your passport to obtain either the Driver’s License or the ID card. If you are not eligible for a Social Security card, you should be able to indicate this to the DMV, and still apply for a Driver's License.

E-Mail and Computers

All grad students have an assigned research office with computer use. The general graduate student computer lab is in E2, room 434. A cFile account will be created using your email and blue password. This will be located in your mailbox, E2, room 410.

All e-mail correspondence generated from the Econ offices will be directed to your e-mail account. PLEASE CHECK IT REGULARLY!


Registration and Enrollment

Online registration can be done at the MyUCSC Student Portal. The first time you access this registration process you will be asked for your student ID number and password.

New graduate students priority enrollment begins:  June 22, 2017

For help with your student ID and password or enrolling in a class, first check the enrollment FAQ's at; call the enrollment Help Line at 831-459-4357; e-mail, go to their website at or visit them in person at Kerr Hall, Room 54 and 60, M-F 8AM to 5PM.

Adding Classes

Enrollment will open on June 22, 2017 for new graduate students.

Enrollment is open until September 30, 2017. You must be enrolled in at least five units by October 6, 2017 If you have not registered by that date, a $50 late fee will be charged. You can also check the Academic Calendar for more important dates.


For general housing information, please see the Student Housing Services website. For off-campus housing we recommend that you begin your search early and that you apply for on-campus housing as soon as you find out that you have been accepted into the graduate program. Family student housing apartments are offered on a priority basis, with students with children receiving first priority. Here are a few numbers where you can find housing assistance:

Apply for Housing Online!

International Students

General Information

  • You must first accept your offer of admission (follow the links on your admission email)

  • I20's cannot be processed until the Graduate Financial Certificate has been signed and mailed to Graduate Application Processing, Attn:  Marissa Maciel, University of California at Santa Cruz, 1156 High St., Santa Cruz, CA 95064.

  • Once the Graduate Admissions Office has received the Graduate Financial Certificate, they will send you your I20 and a formal letter of admission. This is usually done in early June.

  • For information on the status of your I20 or other questions, please contact the ISSS Office.

  • International students applying for the F-1 visa application cannot apply until 90 days prior to the date on the I20. International students cannot enter the United States until 30 days prior to the date on the I20.

  •  The Office of International Education is located in Classroom Unit 1, Room 107.

  • All new F-1 and J-1 international students are required to attend a MANDATORY visa check-in meeting before classes begin to notify the university, and the U.S. government of your arrival on campus. You do not need to make an appointment.  You should, however, plan for visa check-in to take approximately 15-20 minutes.

You must bring the following documents with you to the meeting:

  • Your Passport and your original I-20 or DS-2019
  • Photocopy of F-1 or J-1 visa stamp in passport (valid dates of visa and photo)
  • Photocopy of the entry stamp you will be given in your passport by Customs at the Port of Entry.  The stamp should be marked with "F-1 D/S" or "J-1 D/S"
  • Photocopy of 1st page of I-20 Form or DS-2019 Form
  • Photocopy of passport identity page (valid dates of passport and photo)
  • Print-out of your I-94 Departure/Arrival Form*  (*Starting mid-May 2014, U.S. Customs will be phasing out the issuance of physical I-94 forms at the Port of Entry.  Students can access their I-94 print-out at (live on 4/30/2013).  For more information on I-94, please visit

*If you do not attend, you will not be registered in SEVIS and this will affect your legal status in the U.S*

In order to be a teaching assistant, international students whose first language is not English must demonstrate their skills in spoken English with a short oral interview and a passing score on the SPEAK test. Both tests are given before the fall quarter begins. Dates and times for the SPEAK test are given by the Graduate Division. Contact the Graduate Division for further information.

The International Programs Office serves as the international student advising center. Staff members provide visa/immigration counseling concerning required course loads, financial problems and employment, plus a variety of other services to help international visitors adjust to academia and life at Santa Cruz.

Forms and advising for extending visa stays, on- and off-campus work approval, transfer of school, and other matters are also available.

If you are a non-immigrant foreign student studying at UCSC, the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) imposes additional regulations upon your stay in the United States. You must comply with these rules in order to maintain your student status (F-1).

For more information contact International Students and Scholars Services.

Keys and Mail

Once you obtain your UCSC student ID card you will need to take it to the Engineering Facilities Office (BE-399C, M-F 1:00-3:00PM) to be authorized for building/lab access. Your ID card will give you access to the Engineering 2 building after hours, 7:00PM to 7:00AM and weekends.

Office keys will be available to you, please see Leigh Faulk in Engineering 2, room 401.

Graduate Student mailboxes are located in Engineering 2, room 410. You will receive access to get into the room when you pick up your office keys. Each student is assigned a mailbox for official university business mail (only) - not to be used for personal mail (no bills, newspapers, personal letters).

Social Security Card/Number

For more information on obtaining a social security card/number contact International Student and Scholars Services by calling 831-459-3555 or emailing

Department Orientation

The Economics New Graduate Student Orientation will be held in Engineering 2 Rm 499 on Sept. 27, 2017.  Orientation will be a time to go over the program requirements and ask any questions to the program director.

The Campus-Wide New Graduate Student Orientation will be on Sept. 25, 2017.

Parking Permits

Parking permits can be obtained from the parking office Transportation And Parking Services (TAPS) at the main entrance to campus. There is an online graduate student parking permit form available. There are alternative transportation services also available.

For more information:


If you are a graduate student researcher or a teacher's assistant, you must fill out important payroll paperwork from the Administrative Business Office.

Each student will need to provide a document that establishes personal identity such as a passport, Driver's License, State ID card, or valid Student ID. Each student will also need to provide a document that establishes employment eligibility such as a US Birth Certificate or Social Security card. All non-citizen and non-resident alien students will have to have a Social Security card and will also need to provide all visa and passport documentation, including the I-94 and I-20 forms.

For any payroll questions please contact Jose Gaona who is in the Humanities and Social Sciences Building, room 460. Make sure you submit your full name and email address in any correspondence.

Payroll Assistance

Paychecks are available on the 1st of the month from Leigh Faulk in E2, room 401.

If you are an international student, you must obtain a social security number before you can open a checking account.

Student ID

How to get an ID card

Photos for graduate Student ID cards will be taken at the ID Card Services Office next to the Baytree Bookstore Building. Please see Grad ID Card Photo Days for Fall 2017 for more information about dates and times.  If you are unable to have your ID card photo taken during the available times, you can have your photo taken after instruction begins. You will need to show some form of picture ID. A driver's license or passport will be acceptable.

For more information, call 831-459-2990 or e-mail

Your student ID is your bus pass; if you need a temporary bus pass before you receive your photo ID, you may obtain one at the Graduate Division Office at the second floor of Kerr Hall. 

PLEASE READ: After your picture is taken at ID card services, you must bring it to the SOE facilities office (in Baskin Engineering Building Room 399C) for programming and activation between the hours of 1:00-3:00 pm.

What you can do with your ID card

  • Take the bus - It is a Santa Cruz County Metro Bus Pass. A valid quarter sticker available each quarter from the Economics Department (E2 401).
  • Go to the gym - It is a Recreation Facilities Pass – with a valid quarter sticker.
  • Go to the library - It is a Library Card – UPC code on the front of your ID card is your library check out number.
  • Eat - It is a Food Service/Flexi-Dollar Card – Cafeteria food plans and declining balance Flexi card plans. Flexi Dollar Info.
  • Get into the building - Your ID is also your access card into Engineering 2.

Teaching Assistants

If you are a TA or would like to apply for a TA position, you need to fill out and submit a TA Application.

For more information on what is expected of a teaching assistant on campus, there are several informative web pages on the UCSC Graduate Division website.

The Campus Graduate Division office is located on the second floor of Kerr Hall or you can call 831-459-4108 for questions about the campus-wide graduate student policies.

Contact Information

Graduate Student Staff Advisor: Sandra Reebie, E2 401, 831-459-2219,

Helpful Links

Please e-mail for any questions or concerns.