Welcome International Students!
Welcome to UC Santa Cruz! Come be a Slug for the summer! Begin the international student application process early.
Fees & Visa Requirements for F-1 International Students
U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires students who are pursuing a full-time course of study to apply for an F-1 student visa. For UCSC Summer Session, full-time enrollment is 10 units or more (in one or both sessions).
- If you are currently outside the U.S you will need an I-20 form (Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 Visa) from UCSC in order to get an F-1 visa at a U.S Embassy or Consulate nearest your residence abroad. The earliest international students can apply for an F-1 visa is 120 days before the program start date on your I-20. We strongly recommend students plan ahead, and apply as soon as possible.
For more information about the F-1 visa and SEVIS, review the International Scholar and Student Services (ISSS) web site. Email ISSS at Fvisa@ucsc.edu if you have additional questions.
- If you currently hold valid F-1 status:
- If you intend to continue your studies at your current school, and the end date on your current I-20 is beyond the end date of UCSC Summer Session, you do not need to obtain an additional I-20 form. If you need a program extension, please contact your current school's international student office.
- If you do not intend to continue at your current school, you will need to request a transfer I-20 from the UCSC ISSS Office. Note that you are eligible for a transfer only if UCSC Summer Session will begin within five months of the program end date at your current school. Please consult your current school's international student office on your transfer eligibility and the transfer-out procedure BEFORE your program end date. You must also contact the UCSC ISSS Office at Fvisa@ucsc.edu to discuss the transfer-in steps.
All international students requesting a UCSC I-20 must enroll in a total of 10 units to be considered in valid legal status. Falling below the minimum requirement of 10 units will invalidate the visa and require the student to leave the university and country immediately.
- April 1 - UCSC Summer Session will begin applications April 1.
- April 1 - June 15 is the open application period.
- May 1 - enrollment opens. If you start the process early, it will also provide you with more time to request an I-20 from the UCSC ISSS office and obtain your F-1 visa at a U.S Embassy or Consulate.
- May 10 - international student applications due. We strongly recommend that you apply and pay the $50 application fee as soon as you can.
Enrollment begins May 1 for all summer session students. If you would like their first choice of courses, they should be sure to have applications submitted to UCSC by March 28, so there is time for your application to be processed and send you enrollment information so you can enroll on May 1.
International students who are not native speakers of English may enroll in Summer Session with a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or equivalent score as noted below:
- Paper-based test: 550 or higher
- Computer-based: 175 or higher
- Internet-based (IBT): 83 or higher
International Students are required to have health insurance for the duration of your stay at UCSC. UCSC offers Health Insurance coverage from June 14 to September 26 for $1058.25.
You must either purchase the UCSC health insurance (called UCSHIP) or provide proof of having another insurance that is equal to or better than the UCSC health insurance coverage. You can download the UCSHIP brochure here. To enroll, download and complete this enrollment form. The deadline is July 15. However, since proof of insurance must be submitted at Visa Check-in Meeting (see below), international students planning to purchase UCSHIP must enroll beforehand.
Remember, international students pay the same rate as in-state tuition during Summer Session!
|Session||Application||Campus Fee||Course Fee|
|If participating in Session I or II||$50||$288||$271/unit
(10 units is full time)
|If participating in Sessions I and II||$50||$288||$271/unit
(10 units is full time)
Note: If you are not covered by your own insurance, you must pay the UCSHIP insurance fee. Instructions on insurance payment can be found on the UCSHIP enrollment form.
Proof of Financial Support:
UCSC Summer Session requires that all I-20 visa applicants must show proof of sufficient funding for university fees (see above), and living expenses (provided on the Confidential Financial Certificate form) through the completion of form Confidential Financial Certificate For Summer Session. Click here to download the form.
MANDATORY International Student Visa Check-in Meeting:
A Visa Check-in Meeting for new international students will be held at the beginning of each Summer Session. Once your I-20 is issued, you will be provided further information on this mandatory meeting. Please e-mail email@example.com you have any questions about this.