Graduate Preparation Program (GPP) Registration 2024
Thank you for your interest in the Graduate Preparation Program (GPP), hosted in collaboration between Graduate Division and Global Engagement.

The program is a four-week intensive non-credit course offered in person on the main campus prior to the fall quarter, which is open to all current and newly admitted international graduate students. It focuses on English for Academic Purposes (EAP), academic skills, and cultural orientation. The program also provides a foundation in transitioning into the Teaching Assistant role.

Dates: Monday, August 19 - Thursday, September 12
Location: UC Santa Cruz Main Campus
Program Cost: $1200
Optional On-Campus Housing Cost*: (Double) $40.05 per night / (Single) $48.81 per night

* Housing costs vary by duration of stay and double/single occupancy, subject to availability. Meals are not included in the housing costs above.

If you have any questions, please visit our website or contact us at
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Email *
UC Santa Cruz Identification (ID) Number (7 digits) *
Please list your 7- digit numerical UCSC ID.  For example: 9282771
Last / Family Name *
Please write your last/family name exactly as printed in your passport.
First / Given Name(s) *
Please write your first/given name(s) exactly as printed in your passport.
Lived Name (if different from given name)
What name would you prefer to be addressed by, if different from your given name as indicated in your passport?
Gender Pronouns
For example: he/him, she/her, they/them, etc. To learn more about pronouns and their importance, please visit
UCSC Email Address *
After August 1, we will communicate only via UCSC email.
Non-UCSC Email Address *
Home Country/Territory/State *
Immigration Status *
Select your intended student visa status (whether you've currently obtained your visa or not)
Are you required by your department to participate in GPP? *
Required students are typically asked to complete GPP to enhance their written, reading, and oral English skills to meet requirements to serve as a Teaching Assistant. If you are required to join, you should indicate (or should have indicated) your intent to take GPP to ISSP so they can issue you the proper I-20 with an earlier entry date into the U.S.

If you need to adjust your entry dates, please contact our advising team at for assistance.
Graduate Department *
Please do not abbreviate. For example, please write "Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology" instead of "MCDB."
Degree Pursuing *
Graduate Advisor Name *
Note: This may be different from your faculty advisor.
Graduate Advisor Email *
Do you have a confirmed Teaching Assistant (TA) appointment? *
Please contact your academic department or program for further information on TA appointments, if needed.
Please indicate any and all special dietary needs or preferences.
Do you need any Disability Assistance? *
ISSP is happy to provide accommodations to make this event inclusive for all students (e.g. you are in a wheelchair and need mobility assistance, you are hard of hearing and need an assistive listening device, etc.). 

Kindly let us know if you need accommodations. Our team will reach out individually to those that indicate "yes" to provide support.
On-Campus Housing located in "The Village" is available for GPP students at an additional cost of $40.05 (double occupancy) or $48.81 (single occupancy) per night. This cost does not include meals. *
Please indicate your housing intent below. This allows our team to track and make sure you have properly registered for on-campus housing prior to your arrival. Interested applicants should register for GPP On-Campus Housing Registration.

We strongly encourage you to consider the on-campus housing option as it is located closer to classes and is likely to be more affordable than other temporary housing options such as hotels, hostels, or Airbnb.
Are you interested in coordinating with fellow GPP participants for a ride-share/travel companion from the airport to Santa Cruz? *
We are happy to connect GPP participants with one another to find a ride-share/travel companion from either SFO or SJC airports. While we are eager to help, we cannot guarantee that a companion will be available depending on your arrival date and times, but will do our best to coordinate.
Flight Information
Please let us know your flight arrival information (if available) to either SFO or SJC. If you do not have this information yet, please leave blank.
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