University Credit Programs
Would you like to study alongside University of California, San Diego bachelor’s and master’s students and take credit-bearing courses at UC San Diego or UC San Diego Extension? If you are an excellent student with very strong English language skills, our university credit programs may be a good study abroad option for you. Universities in many countries count UC San Diego and UC San Diego Extension credits towards their own degree programs. Course transferability is at the discretion of the home university.
Want to spend 3, 6, or 9 months studying abroad? University and Professional Studies (UPS) welcomes high achieving, non-matriculated international students to attend a full-time credit-bearing program of UC San Diego or UC San Diego Extension courses within almost all departments at UC San Diego. Customize your own schedule of classes from the thousands of classes offered each quarter. Note: UC San Diego operates on a quarter system, with three academic quarters and two summer sessions per year. UC San Diego courses are not available through this program during the summer. Instead, students can enroll in university classes through UC San Diego Summer Session.
Spend 9 weeks in beautiful San Diego! The International Summer Session combines 4 weeks of university preparation classes with another 5 weeks of university courses at UC San Diego. During the first 4 weeks, you will have a rigorous schedule of classes at the UC San Diego English Language Institute, covering the following subjects:
- Analytical Reading and Critical Response
- Discussion and Fluency for University Success
- University Lecture and Note-Taking Skills
- Public Speaking
In the final 5 weeks, you will take two UC San Diego classes (8 units), available in nearly all UC San Diego academic departments. Each UC San Diego course is the full curriculum that is normally offered in a 10-week quarter, so two classes in 5 weeks is a full-time study load.
In summer, UC San Diego is the place to be! Experience UC San Diego’s beautiful beach-front campus, while studying with American students and under distinguished UC San Diego faculty.
If you are an academically excellent university student who would like to study an entire academic year (nine months) at UC San Diego in the Humanities or Social Sciences, the Academic Year Program (AYP) may be right for you. This program has three subject tracks:
- U.S. History, Culture, and Thought
- Law and Society
- Modern Society and Urban Development
AYP students take a full-time schedule of credit-bearing UC San Diego classes with American students. The courses offered within each subject track are pre-selected and guaranteed.
Are you 16-18 years old and considering applying to top universities in the United States? Join Academic Connections International and see what it is like to study and live on the UC San Diego campus for three weeks in July. Choose one academic class from a variety of subjects in the sciences, arts, and social sciences. Make friends with American high school students and try out one of the world’s best universities, while also enjoying field trips and activities in America’s Finest City — San Diego! Note: You must have an advanced level of English and excellent grades from secondary school to be accepted to the Academic Connections International program.