The International Academy is open to all first year international students who have been admitted to UC Santa Cruz for fall. Here are steps to register:

  1.  Accept your offer of admission:
    • Accept your offer of admission to UCSC through your student portal by May 1. If you need them, please see these instructions.
  2. Submit an I-20/DS-2019 Request:
    • Once you have accepted your offer of admission, it can take up to 5-7 business days for you to receive instructions from the International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) on how to submit your I-20/DS-2019 request form through their online portal.
    • To register for the International Academy program please select ‘Summer Academy: International’ for the program start under Section B. on the I-20/DS-2019 Request form.
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    • Submit the request form and all required documentation by May 31.
    • Please refer to the ISSS website for more information. For questions about the I-20/DS-2019 Request and visa process, contact
  3. Receive Registration Confirmation from Summer Session:
    • After you have indicated ‘Summer Academy: International’ on your request form, ISSS will notify the Summer Session office of your registration in the program.
    • Please allow up to 10 business days for the Summer Session office to process and finalize your registration and activate your accounts so that you may enroll in summer classes.
    • Once your registration has been finalized, you will receive an email confirming your registration for 1.) Summer Session, which will allow you to enroll in summer classes, and for 2.) Summer Academy, which confirms that you have been successfully registered for the Summer Academy International program.
  4. Enroll in summer courses:
    • The confirmation email will include links to set up your passwords so that you may log in to your MyUCSC online portal. You will already have access to your MyUCSC portal, but now that your summer registration has been finalized you will be allowed to enroll in summer classes.
    • Please refer to the next Course Enrollment page for information on which courses to enroll in classes for the Summer Academy.  If you have questions about summer classes and enrollment, contact