International and Global PerspectivesCollege Nine’s theme, International and Global Perspectives, recognizes the importance of cultural competency and focuses on issues such as economic globalization, environmental degradation, human rights, and international and ethnic conflicts.
College Nine’s core course, International and Global Issues, addresses the college’s focus on understanding, analyzing, and addressing contemporary international and global issues while developing students’ writing, reading, oral presentation, and critical thinking skills.
Educational Enrichment and Extracurricular Opportunities
- College Nine attracts students from all over the world to learn from one another and expand their worldviews, so they are better prepared to enter the global workforce.
- The iFloor is a vibrant residence hall community that offers International and US first year students opportunities to make meaningful, lifelong friendships and connections that extend beyond borders. Students live with roommates from countries other than their own and participate in a fun, interactive environment that promotes intercultural skills.
- Global Action is an optional two-credit class that explores current world events and fosters engaged and experiential learning. The course is student-led, offering an opportunity for motivated students to enroll in the 5-credit course Teaching Global Action and to gain pedagogical and leadership experience.
- The College Nine Leadership Certificate is awarded to active student participants in a series of leadership programs, workshops, and volunteer opportunities.
- Intercultural Community Weekend is a retreat in the Santa Cruz Mountains where students deepen their understanding of international and global perspectives through a series of experiential exercises and activities.
- The Service Learning Program is a teaching and learning approach that integrates community service with academic study to enrich learning and teach civic responsibility. It aims to develop in students a lifelong commitment to service and leadership.
- Find out more about the opportunities at College Nine at collegenine.ucsc.edu.
Housing and Dining
- Residence halls and apartment buildings house students in single, double, and triple rooms.
- Apartments are available to continuing and upper-division students, and have full kitchens, living rooms, and bathrooms. Ground-floor apartments have decks and upper apartments have private balconies.
- Housing Themes and Options at College Nine
- A dining hall and coffee bar are located at the college.