Visiting Student Course Enrollment

Guidance on selecting courses:

  • Browse the courses by department
  • Some prerequisites and restrictions are lifted for visiting students. 
  • Be sure to check the "Class Notes" section of each class for summer-specific details. 
  • Explore previous years' syllabi to see the pace and course load of specific classes.


  • Use official transfer and articulation system for California’s public colleges and universities.
  • Ask your registrar's office or your academic department which classes transfer back into your degree program. They often have a list of pre-approved courses to transfer. 

Course Days/Times

  • Visit Class Search for course dates & times (set term to "2023 Summer Quarter")
  • If a course is listed as "Online" and days/times are listed, students are expected to attend remotely during those days/times. All times are scheduled in Pacific Standard Time (PST).
  • If a course is listed as "Online" and Day/Time is blank, it means students can often complete the remote portions of the course (readings, lectures, and quizzes) at any time. Online classes do have weekly deadlines for assignments. Occasionally, exams are scheduled when students have more flexibility (e.g., early in the morning, late at night, or on weekends).
  • There is no additional “finals week.” Instructors schedule the final on the last meeting block of the session. 

Course Credits

  • Most courses are 5 credits. That relates to a student's workload and the 35 hours of class meeting time. 

Steps to Enroll

  1. Enroll via My Student Center on your MyUCSC portal.
  2. This enrollment tutorial document and corresponding video show you how to add a summer class. 

If you want to take courses with prerequisites and have completed them, you may need to show proof to the instructor for their approval. If it's unclear in the class notes, email for guidance. Include the course number and name in your message.

Remember: Instructors use your UCSC Gmail. All instructor communication is sent to your address. If you are not checking it, you will miss the course information.