Welcome International Students

UC Santa Cruz Summer Session has an open enrollment policy and is available to all international students. You can spend five or 10 weeks living and learning on our 2,000-acre campus nestled in the redwood forest overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the Monterey Bay.

You are an International Student if you are:

  • Coming from a high school or university outside the United States. International high school students can also reference our high school enrollment page to learn about specific high school discounts. 
  • Coming from another U.S. school or university, but are on a visa

Fall degree-seeking international students must first be admitted by UCSC and then request to attend the Summer Academy: International, Summer Academy: Transfer, or Summer Session. For more admission related information, visit International Undergraduate Admissions or Graduate Admissions.  


  • To attend, you will need to obtain an F-1 or J-1 student visa or be currently in the U.S. holding F-1 or J-1 student status. To maintain full-time status, you need to take a minimum of five credits in either one or both sessions. Here is a more detailed explanation of F-1 and J-1 student status

  • You cannot study with a B1/B2 tourist status. 

Health Insurance

  • The University of California Regents mandates that all students have health coverage as a non-academic condition of enrollment.
  • Students are automatically enrolled in and charged for the University of California Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP) unless they choose to submit an online insurance waiver confirming they have acceptable health insurance coverage that meets UC requirements. Waiver open June 1 - July 21.
  • Visit the UCSC Student Health Insurance website or email insure@ucsc.edu for more information and rates.

Next Steps to Attend: Visiting from outside the United States

  • April 1 - Complete registration form. You must complete this step first so Summer Session can create a UCSC account for you. You will need this account to submit your Visa documents.
  • April 15 - Deadline to submit documents to Summer Session for Session 1, 8-Week or 10-Week Session
  • May 15 - Deadline to submit documents to Summer Session for Session 2
  • Submit Proof of English Proficiency: Submit test scores that meet the university's English language proficiency requirements (e.g., TOEFL).  A list of documentation that satisfies proof of English Proficiency is available here for undergraduate or graduate students. Email documentation to summer@ucsc.edu. Documents can also be mailed to Summer Session - 140 Hahn, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064.
    • Requesting WaiversYou may request a waiver to the English Proficiency Requirement if any of the following criteria apply:
      • You reside in a country where English is the primary or official language.
      • You currently attend a university where English is the language of instruction for the majority of courses taught.
      • You have attended schools at the secondary level (high school) or above for at least three years full-time where English is the principal language of instruction (as in the United States, the United Kingdom, and in some international schools).
    • If you would like to request a waiver, please email summer@ucsc.edu
  • Submit Visa Documents: You will receive an email from istudent@ucsc.edu to your UCSC Gmail with directions on how to submit.
Once submitted, please allow at least 10 business days (2 weeks) for your forms to process and your accounts to be set up. After the process is complete, the International Student & Scholars Services Office (ISSS) will provide your immigration document, Form I-20 or DS-2019.

Enrolling in Classes

  • Once you have registered to be a Summer Session student, you will receive an e-mail with your CruzID and instructions to set up your Gold Password. You will need both of these to log on to your MyUCSC Student Portal where you can enroll in classes just for the summer. Follow these directions to enroll in a course.
  • Please note that every Summer Session student is responsible for manually enrolling in classes. 
  • Check the summer dates and deadlines calendar for details on when to add or drop a class. 

Next Steps to Attend: Continuing from another U.S. school or university

  1. If you are a degree-seeking student currently attending another U.S. school in F-1 or J-1 status and you plan to resume your studies at that school immediately after your summer classes, you usually do not need to request an I-20 or DS-2019 from UCSC. Speak with the international student advisor at your institution about your plans. You can also email questions to istudent@ucsc.edu. To attend, Summer Session, you would register and enroll as a visiting student
  2. If you are attending another U.S. school as an F-1 or J-1 student, and you do NOT plan to resume your studies at that school after Summer Session, follow the next steps above for Visiting from a school or university outside the United States.

Tuition and Fees

  • $50 Registration Fee
  • $300 - International Visiting Student Fee (does not apply to fall admit students)
  • $283 - Campus Fee
  • $279 - Summer tuition per credit (International High School students receive 50% off Summer Session tuition. Visit our high school page to learn more.)
  • $680 off  - 15 credits or more

# credits

with International & Campus Fee

2 $1,141
5 $1,978
7 $2,536
10 $3,373
12 $3,931
15 $4,768 $4,088
  • There is no financial aid available for visiting students
  • Textbooks and other course materials are not included in tuition and campus fees
  • Optional housing and dining have separate rates. 

How to Pay

  • International payments can be made online from any bank in any country using Flywire


  • Students who complete 15 credits or more receive a $680 award towards tuition. Students must stay enrolled in 15 or more credits for the $680 discount. It is applied in August, after the end of all drop periods.