Summer Academy International is an exciting opportunity for new International students to transition with confidence to university life in the United States, get a head start on degree progress, and meet other new international and domestic UCSC students.

Come and experience a rigorous academic environment at a world-class research university and connect with dedicated faculty in small classes that support your success.

Living in the residence halls with other International Academy students, your Peer Mentors and Resident Assistants, you will not only make great connections with classmates and roommates, but also have the opportunity to learn about and explore your new home at UCSC, Santa Cruz, and California!

“This is a phenomenal program! It has been absolutely essential to my transition to Santa Cruz and UCSC! 
- 2016 Academy Student

Summer Academy also offers trips around the Bay Area and Santa Cruz, as well as activities on-campus to introduce International Academy students to the University’s unique location, culture, community, and identity.

academy students at the beach
Interested? After accepting your admission to UCSC for fall, follow these steps:

  1. Register for the International Academy starting April 1

  2. Submit I-20/DS-2019 Request

  3. Enroll in Courses by May 31 or earlier

  4. Submit Housing Application starting May 10
  5. Register for Summer Orientation by June 4

  6. Confirm your attendance in the Academy by June 30
  7. Book your flight to the Mineta San Jose International Airport and and email your flight itinerary to summeracademy@ucsc.edu by July 10

  8. Get Packing

Questions about the International Academy? Email summeracademy@ucsc.edu