Undergraduate Advising

Global Studies Undergraduate Advising

Take a look at the sidebar to the left for answers to many frequently asked questions about the major (major requirements, joining the major, pre-global studies major requirements, petitioning courses, the foreign language requirement), registration resources, study abroad, career planning, and other common topics. We have most resources you'll need to navigate your time in the major at UCSB on those pages to the left!

If you do not see an answer to your question, please consider contacting us via email, booking an appointment, or attending drop-ins. We offer a mix of in-person and virtual services, with pre-scheduled appointments held in-person or virtually, and drop-in advising held virtually for now. Read on for details!

If the resources in the left sidebar (or at the bottom of this page, if you're reading on a mobile device) do not answer your question, please reach out to the undergraduate advising office through these options:

  • Email the undergraduate advising office:

    • global-advising@ucsb.edu

    • Include your name and perm # and email from your UCSB email account, if you are a student (your email will sometimes go into our spam folder if sent from a personal email):

    • Please allow at least one full business day (M-F, excluding holidays) for a response to your email, and longer during busier times of the quarter (for example, the begininng of registration pass times and the first two weeks of each quarter.)

  • Schedule an appointment or attend drop-ins (no appointment necessary):

    For what situations should I schedule an appointment? For what situations should I just come for a drop-in?

    Appointments are scheduled for 30 minutes (but no, you do not need to use the full 30 minutes if you don't need them) and are a great chance to discuss:

    Drop-ins are open only during specific time windows (see below), are typically first-come, first-served, and are a great chance to discuss:
    • Questions you have about declaring the major or about adding Global Studies as a second major

    • Study abroad planning, including brainstorming program options and help filling out your Academic Planning Form

    • General progress checks - we'll look with you at your progress check on GOLD (you can find this under the "Progress" tab!)

    • Schedule planning (including longer-range planning, or planning if you think you'll need to take time off from UCSB, etc)

    • Any time you have more than just one quick question to ask - if it's a more complex situation or you have a few things on your list to discuss, an appointment is best

    • Immediate registration needs (especially during the first days of the quarter and during pass 1 for next quarter's classes)
    • Any immediate need related to your well-being at UCSB (academic difficulty, emotional distress, etc. We're here for you and can get you connected to resources!)

    • Quick clarification questions about petitionable courses - we may ask you to do some more research and email us a syllabus for review, though!

    • Quick clarification questions about specific things you see in your progress check on GOLD

    • A final signature on a form (except for Academic Planning Forms - those are best handled with an appointment unless we've already discussed your form with you and you just need the last signature step, or send via email to global-advising@ucsb.edu

How to attend appointments and drop-ins during Spring 2023:

  Appointments Drop-ins
Where and when? Both on Zoom and in-person: times and days vary by advisor

On Zoom: days and times vary by advisor; see below

How do I attend?

Schedule using advisor appointment links, below. You'll get a confirmation email (with your Zoom link if applicable) - save it for future reference!

On Zoom: join the waiting room using the link of the advisor who is available at your desired time; see below

FERPA disclaimer: Student records are protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Academic advisors may not release a student's educational record to any third party without the student's written consent. This includes parents, siblings, and roommates. If you would like to include a third party in your meeting, please email us and we will send you the required form. To assure our meeting is private, please make sure you find a quiet place where you won't be interrupted or where our Zoom conversation won't be overheard. Headphones are strongly recommended if you will be attending our meeting in a more public location (campus spaces, coffee shop, etc.)

Meet with a peer advisor for...

routine progress checks, foreign language questions, study abroad brainstorming, early career and internship exploration, how to join the major, schedule planning, petitioning courses, final graduation checks, and other quicker questions

  • For Erika's appointment information, click here. Erika's specialties: EAP in Denmark and ask her about her internship with the UN while studying abroad!
  • For Malia's appointment information, click here. Malia's specialties: EAP in Korea and ask her about her experiences double majoring!


Meet with a staff advisor for...

all of the above, plus more complex situations (academic difficulty, complex foreign language situations, schedule planning for students joining the major later, including juniors and seniors and transfers, complex petition questions, careers and internships, study abroad petitions, course waitlists and enrollment issues, returning Gauchos, etc.)

  • For Meghan's appointment and drop-in information, click here
  • For Taylor's appointment and drop-in information, click here.

Undergraduate advising team email: