Independent Studies



  • These are considered 10-week sessions – you can complete the work anytime within ten weeks. 

Costs: $279 per credit, plus the $321.90 one-time campus fee

Fees Table


Tuition w/Campus Fee

2 $879.90
3 $1,158.90
5 $1,716.90
6 $1,995.90
7 $2,274.90
10 $3,111.90
12 $3,669.90
14 $4,227.90
15 $4,506.90 $3,826.90

Cross-outs indicate the total after the Ambitious Summer Discount


  • Once your form is complete, our staff will manually enroll you after enrollment opens on May 1.
  • Subject to the Add, drop, and Request a "W" Grade deadlines are on our Academic Calendar under Independent Field Studies.

We use DocuSign to Enroll: 

  1. To complete this form, you will need the name and emails of your Faculty Sponsor and your Department Chair, Provost, Dean, or Designee. You must use their individual UCSC email addresses (not an alias or general adviser email).
  2. You will be required to authenticate your form. An email will come to your UCSC email to complete the authentication process.
  3. Once you have signed your form, it is routed to your faculty sponsor, then your Department Chair, Provost, Dean, or Designee to e-sign.
  4. Once they have e-signed, all parties will receive an email of the completed form, and the Summer Session staff will enroll you within three business days (after May 1). You will see it successfully in your portal once you’re enrolled.

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Undergraduate independent studies are for current UCSC students. If you have any questions, email

Visit the Graduate Division page for Graduate Independent Studies.