The USS Grad Exploration Program is focused on exposing undocumented students to the basics of graduate school. Through the program, students have a chance to build community and explore graduate school collectively

The program consists of workshops and guided support by guest speakers, UCSB Alumni, and current graduate students who share their perspectives on graduate school success. By listening to various speakers, and also applying their learnings and hands-on support, students acquire a deeper understanding of continuing their education beyond UCSB.

This program is different from the UndocuGrad Prep Program which is for students embarking on the application process for the following academic year.

Topics Discussed

  • The "why" for pursuing graduate school.
  • Graduate school timeline.
  • Creating a plan for graduate school. 
  • Funding is available for graduate school. 
  • Factors to consider when choosing a program. 
  • And more! 

Program Requirements

  • Attend all sessions
  • Meet once with a USS staff member 
  • Attend a USS event 
  • Complete assigned homework assignments

Program Benefits 

Students will be more ready to apply for graduate school and participate in the UndocuGrad Prep Program. Additionally, students will have access to free resources and additional one-on-one support from USS Staff. Students will also speak with graduate students to learn more about their journey.

How to apply

Submit an application.


Applications are 
currently closed.

Application  Deadline

Applications will open during the Winter quarter. 

Who can Apply

All UCSB Undocumented Students and Alumni.


The dates and times for the session will be provided once the application opens.