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Summer Session

Summer Session

Who should take this course?

For high achieving students with a strong academic history who would like to take a full-time or part-time schedule of credit-bearing courses at UC San Diego while studying alongside American university students. Summer Session consists of regular university courses compressed into two five-week periods and both sessions are very rigorous. A schedule of 8 units (usually two classes) is considered full-time study.

Enrollment for visiting and international students begins April 2017. To ensure you obtain your choice in courses, please apply early to solidify your schedule in April 2017, at the start of open-enrollment for visiting and international students. While international students may begin reviewing courses beginning March 2017 (the date that UC San Diego students begin enrolling into Summer Session), visiting and international students may not enroll into courses until April 2017. (Specific dates to be determined.)

What this program includes:

Students may take 4-8 units of UC San Diego courses, and choose from following departments:

  • Anthropology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • History
  • Languages
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Theatre and Dance
  • Visual Arts
  • and many more

Course descriptions can be found in the UCSD General Catalog. All Summer Session courses are on a space-available basis, so you must select alternate choices on the Supplemental Application Form just in case your first-choice courses are full. Course selections will be submitted to UC San Diego Summer Session for enrollment. Once Summer Session has confirmed course enrollment, you will receive confirmation and acceptance materials from our admissions department. Before you enroll, be sure to review the Summer Session Refund Policy. Certain courses may require prior experience in the subject area. All classes are subject to change or cancellation due to UC San Diego scheduling decisions.

2017 Summer Session I:
2017 Summer Session II:
  • July 3 - August 5
  • August 7 - September 9


Admission Requirements:

The minimum requirements to be accepted into this program are listed below. We carefully review the background and qualifications of each applicant to ensure that those admitted into the Summer Session program will have a successful experience.

Language Proficiency Requirement:
Prospective students must have one of the following scores to participate in this program:
  • TOEFL internet-based: 90
  • IELTS 7.5
  • Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Exams: Pass
  • CEFR (level C1)

2016 Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Click here for the most current International Programs Application
  • Click here for the 2017 Summer Session Supplemental Application
  • Copy of transcripts in English for the two most recent years of academic studies. Transcripts must clearly indicate excellent academic achievement - top 10% in his/her school.
  • A one-page statement explaining your reasons for choosing UC San Diego for your study abroad experience.
  • Once admitted into the program, students must maintain above-average final grades in all coursework ("B" or better).
  • Payment in full


Program Schedule:

  • 5 weeks
  • Monday - Friday
  • Schedule varies depending on classes chosen
  • Part-time Summer Session does not qualify for an I-20 to obtain the F-1 student visa

Note: Participating in this educational program does not itself provide preference in admission to the University of California (UC) degree programs. Students interested in applying to UC degree programs should refer to the UC Admissions website, or the websites of other UC campuses they wish to attend for details about their admissions process.

Cost (In U.S. Dollars):

Application Fee: $200 (nonrefundable)

FedEx fee: $50 (optional, but recommended to obtain the I-20 for the student visa)

2017 Full-time Tuition (8 units): $6,075

2017 Part-time Tuition (4 units): $4,925

UC San Diego Extension Medical Insurance:  $225

Books/Materials: Approximately $200-$800 per quarter
(Books and materials CANNOT be paid for in advance; they must be purchased upon arrival at UC San Diego.)

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Apply Now! Click here for the most current International Programs Application. Click here for the 2017 Summer Session Supplemental Application.