Welcome Visiting International Students

UC Santa Cruz Summer Session has an open enrollment policy and is available to all visiting 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 can download our 2022 brochure here.

Visiting International summer-only students are non-immigrant visitors who come to the U.S. temporarily to take classes.  Do you:

  • Intend to stay in the U.S. temporarily
  • Need to apply for a visa to be allowed to enter the U.S.
  • Not have U.S. citizenship or legal permanent resident status (a valid green card)
  • Currently live in the U.S. on a non-immigration visa status

If you were admitted to attend UC Santa Cruz in the fall, go to our newly admitted page.

Online Classes:

If you are taking online courses and will not be visiting the campus, you do not need to apply for a visa if you are outside of the US. Your next step is to:

UCSC will not be issuing immigration documents for those who wish to only enroll in online classes. If you need to transfer your SEVIS record to UCSC, please contact istudent@ucsc.edu to discuss eligibility before you request your transfer.

In Person Classes:

  1. Register as a Visiting Student 
  2. Submit proof of English Proficiency to summer@ucsc.edu
  3. Submit documents by the deadline if you need a UCSC I-20 or DS-2019

Document Submission Deadlines:

  • April 15 to attend Session 1,8-week,10-week (classes that begin June 26) 
  • May 15 to attend Session 2 (classes that begin July 31)

Do I need a UCSC I-20 or DS-2019?

Yes, if you are:

  • Living outside of the U.S. planning to enroll in in-person courses for Summer Session only
  • Participating in a special exchange program
  • 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
  • Returning to UCSC after a withdrawal/leave of absence and you have been outside of the U.S. for more than five months

No, if you are:

  • A continuing F-1 or J-1 Student AND enrolled in the spring quarter and will be enrolled in Fall term too, or if Summer is your last term of required enrollment. You should already have an I-20 or DS-2019. Please verify that the “program end date” is after summer. Ask istudent@ucsc.edu if you have questions.
  • In the US and not in F1 or J1 status and are eligible to be enrolled part or full time.

English Proficiency

English language proficiency documentation (like TOEFL) is required for in person classes

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): Overall band score of 6.5+
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 80 on the Internet-based test 
  • SAT (March 2016 or later) Writing & Language Test: 31+
  • ACT combined English-Writing or English Language Arts portion: 24+
  • AP English Language and Composition, or English Literature and Composition: 3, 4, or 5
  • IB in English: Literature, or Language and Literature: 6 or 7
  • Duolingo English Test (DET): Minimum of 115

Tuition and Fees

  • $50 Registration Fee
  • $1,700.96 - tuition for a five-credit course ($279 per credit)
  • $333.90 - Campus Fee (mandatory for all courses, including online). The 2023 Campus Fee is subject to the Chancellor's approval.

Additional In Person Costs

  • $300 - International Visiting Student Fee
  • $3,000 - Housing and Dining (approximate number varies with length of stay and room type)

# credits

Tuition with Campus Fee

2 $891.90
5 $1,728.90
7 $2,286.90
10 $3,123.90
12 $3,681.90
15 $4,518.90 $3,838.90
Cross-outs indicate the total after the Ambitious Summer Discount. 
  • There is no financial aid available for visiting students
  • Textbooks and other course materials are not included in tuition and campus fees

How to Pay

  • International payments can be made online from any bank in any country using Flywire, or you can pay via Credit Card through your MyUCSC portal (instructions on our payment page). 


  • Students who complete 15 credits or more receive a $680 discount on tuition.