Summer Courses

Summer Session Courses

In Person Classes

  • Students are expected to attend class at the Days & Times listed. All times are in the Pacific Time Zone (PT). Instructors cannot accomodate for missed lectures or labs due to vacation, work, etc. 

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Online Classes

  • If Days & Times are listed, students are expected to attend class online at those times. All times are in the Pacific Time Zone (PT). This is also referred to as a Synchronous Online class. 
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  • If Days & Times are blank, it means students can often complete the online portions of the course (readings, lectures, and quizzes) at any time. This is also referred to as a Asynchronous Online class.

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  • Regardless of the type of class (synchronous online or asynchronous online), most classes have weekly deadlines for assignments. Occasionally, exams are scheduled when students have more flexibility (e.g., early in the morning, late at night, etc., or on weekends).

Accessing Online Courses in Canvas

  • Most online classes are hosted on Canvas*. You do not need to sign up for an account. Just log in with your CruzID and Gold password at
  • Most instructors do not “open” their Canvas courses until the first day of class.
  • If you add or drop a class, it can take 24-48 hours for the course to be added or removed from your Canvas account - it’s not immediate. 
  • If you add a class after the start of the quarter, you are automatically added to Canvas, and there is a link to Canvas in your MyUCSC portal. Once you are in Canvas, you will receive any notifications that the instructor sends out, and you will see the course on your Canvas dashboard.
  • Your instructor will guide you on what, if any, textbooks or supplies you will need for your class. They will email you at your email only. 
  • We recommend using your Chrome or Firefox browser (Safari tends to have the most issues).
  • Additional reference: Canvas Getting Started Student Guide 

*unless you are taking MATH 19A, 19B, 23A, 23B, which  are hosted here - /

UCSC Course Email

  • All students must set up and check a email. All email correspondence from your instructors and the university is sent to your UCSC email. To access, click the “Sign in with Google” button here -, for your sign-in email, use and for your password, use the Gold password. This email will remain for 12 months after you are no longer enrolled at UCSC.  

Online Course Requirements

  • You need access to a computer (desk or laptop) and a reliable internet connection for the duration of the course. You need a web camera and microphone (most laptops have them built-in). Many courses have online instructor office hours, so having a camera and microphone will help you connect with instructors. For most courses, no advanced technology or additional software is needed.

  • Many online courses rely on YouTube and Google for videos and other course materials. If you are taking an online course in a country that blocks YouTube or Google, you can install and use the university's VPN (virtual private network), which allows you to use the internet as if you were on UCSC's campus. Follow the steps here -

Course Information

  • Visit Class Search to see course dates & times (be sure the term is "2024 Summer Quarter")
  • Most courses are 5 credits. Students should expect a minimum of 35 hours of class meeting time. UCSC Academic Advising recommends 2 hours of studying for every 1 hour of class time.
  • No accommodations can be made for vacations, work, or ending your UC Santa Cruz course early, so be mindful of dates before enrolling.
  • There is not an additional “finals week.” Instructors schedule the final on the last meeting block of the session.

Class Notes

  • Read each class's "Class Notes" section for summer-specific instructions. Review of some prerequisites and restrictions are waived in certain classes for different populations. 

Past Summer Session Classes

  • All past summer classes found on Class Search (in the term, be sure to select the specific Summer Quarter)