Welcome to Summer in Santa Cruz!

As part of UCSC’s Summer Session, visiting students from across the country can choose from over 350 different classes across 30 departments. Students earn UC transferrable credits in half the time of Fall/Winter/Spring. Most classes are taught at an accelerated five-week pace. Request information or join our mailing list to be reminded of visiting student deadlines.

You are a Visiting Student if you are:

  • Currently attending a university or community college other than UC Santa Cruz. 
  • A working professional or community member.

All visiting students must register annually to enroll in courses. 

First Steps to Attend UC Santa Cruz Summer Session:

  1. Register - registration is now closed for 2021
  2. Review the Visiting Student Guide and Checklist (be sure to calculate your costs). We recommend international students meet English proficiency.
  3. Enroll in your class or join a waitlist (enrollment opens May 1)

Next Steps

  1. Understand our policies and deadlines on adding, dropping, and requesting a W grade
  2. Learn when and how to pay

Important Policies

  • UCSC Summer Session policies differ from other campuses. Read through our policies regarding waitlists, adding, dropping, refunds, and Medical or Emergency course withdrawal carefully.
  • Unlike other colleges and universities, UCSC does NOT drop for non-attendance or non-payment. There are no automatic drops over summer.
    • Even if you never attend class - you need to drop yourself.
    • Even if you don't pay - you need to drop yourself.
  • YOU must officially drop your course by the deadline to avoid receiving an F or NP (No Pass) and being responsible for tuition and fees.

Financial Aid

  • Ask the school you are visiting from if you have remaining aid for this summer to use here at UCSC.
  • If you are from another UC and you are aid eligible, check with your home campus to receive your package.

Summer Accommodations

If You Chose Not to Attend

  • If you filled out a registration form but did not pay the $50 fee, you can email summer@ucsc.edu and let us know, so we stop messaging you. We will cancel your registration.
  • If you registered and paid your $50 non-refundable fee but never enrolled in classes, no action is required. Have a good summer. 
  • If you cannot attend a course you're enrolled in, you MUST DROP yourself. Instructors do not drop students for not attending or not paying. If you do not drop yourself from a course, you will be responsible for paying the tuition for it.

English Proficiency

For Summer 2021, English language proficiency documentation (like TOEFL) is not required. To be successful, in the UCSC course work we recommend you have scores similar to these:

  • 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

In 2021 all summer courses will be offered remotely, therefore there is no need to apply for a visa to take classes if you are outside of the US. UCSC will not be issuing immigration documents for those who wish to only enroll in Summer Session. If you need to transfer your SEVIS record to UCSC, please contact istudent@ucsc.edu to discuss eligibility before you request your transfer.