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Student Life


Student Life

Your student life will depend on the decisions you make before and after you arrive to UC San Diego Extension International Programs. To ensure a successful learning and living experience here at UC San Diego Extension, consider and research all options thoroughly. After you arrive we will help you to enjoy your stay by providing activities, field trips, and other opportunities to practice English or experience American culture.


Choosing the right place to live during your time at UCSD Extension is very important. Choose a living arrangement that will ensure a successful learning and living experience according to your preferences.

Mandatory Medical Insurance

Two times during the year there is a gap in insurance coverage between quarters of study.  UCSD Extension medical insurance coverage ends one week after each quarter’s end date. In September and December, there are periods of no insurance coverage unless the student purchases the additional coverage. To be sure that students of Extension International Programs who remain in the U.S. are covered during their break periods, 10-week ESL and UPS students who want to continue from Summer to Fall and from Fall to Winter must purchase UCSD medical insurance coverage OR provide proof of other acceptable coverage during the entire gap between quarters. The additional UCSD medical insurance will cost $45 per week. This payment must be made during scheduled continuing registration times at the end of the quarter. For details click here



San Diego is California's second largest city. It is bordered by Mexico, the Pacific Ocean, the Anza Borrego Dessert, and the Laguna Mountains. Learn about the transportation options to help you explore San Diego County's 4,200 square miles.

Registration & Orientation

Would you like to see what a typical registration and orientation week will be like when you arrive here at UCSD? Click here to find out!


UC San Diego Extension International Programs has an Activities Coordinator to plan activities for our international students. To see a calendar of typical monthly activities click here.