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International students come to UC because of what we offer — an exceptional learning environment that fulfills their academic ambitions, intellectual passions and desire to experience cultural diversity at its richest.

Welcome to the world of UC

  • 9 undergraduate campuses throughout California
  • 150 disciplines
  • More academic departments ranked in the top 10 nationally than any other public or private university

Over 6 percent of University of California undergraduates come from more than 100 countries across the globe.

So, who do we consider to be international? You are an international student if you are not a U.S. citizen or a U.S. permanent resident.

The application process

Learn what's involved in applying for admission, including taking a required English language test, if your language of instruction in secondary school and/or college/university was not English.

Required documents

Understand the steps you need to take — and the supporting documents you need to present — to obtain your passport and visa.

Living here

Explore what it takes to live and learn at UC, such as how to finance your education, find living accommodations and access health care and insurance.

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UC is smoke & tobacco free

To improve the health of the UC community, all campuses are tobacco free as of January 1, 2014.

Safety first

All UC campuses provide comprehensive programs and services to help ensure students' safety and well-being.

More about campus safety »