Visiting Student Course Enrollment

Guidance on selecting courses:

  • 2022 classes are listed on December 10. Until then, you can explore the 2021 courses by department. Many of the same courses are offered year-to-year.
  • Some prerequisites and restrictions are lifted for visiting students. Refer to the Class Notes section of each course for specific next steps. 
  • 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 of our classes transfer back into your degree program. They often have a list of pre-approved courses to transfer. 

Course Days/Times

  • Starting March 15, you can visit Class Search for course dates & times (set term to "2022 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).
  • Be sure to check the "Class Notes" section of each class for summer-specific details. 
  • 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. If you have questions, follow these directions on how to enroll in a course, you can also watch a how-to video

If you want to take courses with prerequisites and have completed the prerequisites, 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.