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. 


joinCheck back in January, when we'll post our 2018 classes. Join our email list, and we'll remind you when the information is available. 

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. 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 on F-1 and J-1 student status

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

  • International students are required to have health insurance. You will be signed up for the UCSC health insurance (called UCSHIP) for $322.99 for the summer.  If you already have health insurance, you can waive UC SHIP by providing proof that your insurance meets the UC requirements. For more information visit the Student Health Center website or email insure@ucsc.edu.  

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.
  • 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 the following documents 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.
    1. 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.
    2. I-20/DS-2019 Request form: http://isss.ucsc.edu/files/current/fj-forms-i20ds2019request.pdf
    3. Passport Copy:  A photocopy is acceptable but must be legible
    4. Financial Certification: Financial documentation (i.e., bank statement, letter from a financial institution). Documentation may not be more than six months old and must be in the form of liquid assets (checking, savings, money market accounts). If you are funded by someone other than yourself (e.g., your parents, other relatives, friend, etc.), the owner of the account(s) must complete and sign the Affidavit of Financial Support form. http://isss.ucsc.edu/files/current/fj-forms-financialsupport.pdf

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 into 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 for the 2017 Summer Session was $273 per credit, see the Visiting Students section on our fees page for more details. 2018 fees to be announced.  


  • 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.


  • Summer Session students may live on campus. For summer 2018, students will live in Porter college, home to the iconic Porter Squiggle!
  • Room rates for Summer Session are discounted by 50% from the preceding academic year room rates.