University of California, San Diego Academic Program

Academic
Times Top 100
Delivery Method:
In-Person
Duration:
Multi Term, Single Term

About the Program

Founded in 1960, the University of California, San Diego has grown to be one of the top 15 research universities in the world, celebrated for its transformative faculty that holds Nobel Prizes, Pulitzer Prizes, and MacArthur Fellowships. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean from La Jolla, California, the university’s relaxed atmosphere helps create a positive environment for learning and innovation. The sun-kissed backdrop that follows you everywhere you go also helps.

UCSD is consistently named one of the top 10 public universities in the US

Make lifelong friends at the 500-plus student organizations at UCSD

Unwind, study, or play in the Pacific Ocean on La Jolla’s beaches

USS Midway Museum, Balboa Park, and San Diego Zoo are unmissable

Winter Quarter 2023
Spring Quarter 2023
Program dates:
Early January - Mid June
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
18,775
Program dates:
Late March - Late June
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
18,475

Program Advisor

Saffy Winter
SAFFY
Your Student Counselor is your study abroad ambassador and supporter. They join your application journey when you’ve confirmed you’re interested in studying abroad. At this point, they guide you through each stage of the application, notify you of the documents you need, let you know when your admission results are in, and walk you through the next steps, including class enrollment and organizing pre-arrival tests.
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At a Glance

Language of Instruction:
English
Language Prerequisite Level:
Advanced
GPA Requirements:
3.00
Academic Level:
Undergraduate
Academic Strengths:
Computer Science, Engineering, Music, Film & Performing Arts
Housing:
Off-campus apartment
Visa Required:
Required
Credits:
12 units

Stay Healthy & Safe While You Study Abroad

WHAT STUDENTS SAY

Saya Matsuo

UCSD has so many experiences and activities available because the climate is mild, the security is good, and the sea and greenery are abundant. It's a very nice place.

University of California, San Diego SAF Alumni

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About the University

University of California, San Diego

Initially the university’s marine institute, UC San Diego has grown into a world leader in its own right. In exemplary research and transformative teaching—by faculty that hold Nobel Prizes, National Medals of Science, Fields Medals, Pulitzer Prizes, MacArthur Fellowships—UCSD stands out as one of the best universities on the planet. 

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean from La Jolla, California, UC San Diego has a surprisingly relaxed vibe considering the elevated academic drive in its classrooms, lecture halls, labs, and study groups. The 263 sunny days per year, long sandy beaches, and adventure-filled mountains, though, foster the perfect conditions for an active, balanced lifestyle.

Learn more at University of California, San Diego's official website

Academics

University of California, San Diego's Academic Approach

To craft a full-time schedule of credit-bearing classes, enroll for your flexible study abroad experience at UCSD. Dive into academically rigorous classes in business, biological science, and engineering (all ranked in the top 20, nationally).

You also have complete access to the University Professional Studies Program, which lets you add specialized extension courses to your studies (these classes replicate some of the most popular courses that visiting students miss out on).

Courses

University of California schools, including UCSD, participate in a course registration process called course crashing. You attend an assortment of classes for a certain amount of time, seeking to gain admission from the professor in courses you’re interested in to enroll in the class. 

For example, you may need to attend 10 courses in the first 10 days of classes to enroll in the 3 or4 courses you need full-time. This process is explained at orientation, and there are advisors available to guide you through it.

Course & Departmental Restrictions

For Fall Quarter 2020, courses in UCSD academic departments are not available. You should enroll in UCSD extension courses. 

UCSD Extension is developing specialized sections of some of the most popular courses that visiting students typically take in person on main campus.

Additionally, we will still have access to the hundreds of courses offered through Extension. This website is a great place to see the wide variety of subjects and options available (please note courses are subject to change). Look for Extension courses which are marked “In-Class.”

Limited access to visiting students:

  • Economics

The following subjects are limited to courses within the Scripps Institute:

  • Atmospheric Science
  • Geology/Geophysical Science

 

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

Application Requirements

When applying to study abroad, you must meet the entry requirements set by the host university—and SAF is here to set you up for success.

The requirements outlined in this section include the language proficiency scores you may need to demonstrate your language skills, a guide to the GPA range and other academic prerequisites required by your host university, and a list of documentation and other application materials you will need to finalize your application. You may need to supply additional information throughout the process, and you will be alerted through your emails and SAF Student Portal if this is the case for you.
  • Language Proficiency
  • Academics & GPA
  • Application Documents & Materials

Language Test Score Requirements

To prove your language proficiency, you can use any of the following:

  • Duolingo: 95-125
  • IELTS: 6.5-7.5
  • TOEFL iBT: 80-90

Learn More About Language Requirements

Program Dates

When studying abroad, you will want to consider the time of year and how long you are away. Most programs follow the host university's academic calendar.

The dates shown below are general estimates, and as you get closer to the start of the term, you will get more detailed information from SAF. If you have any questions, your Student Counsellor and Program Specialist are always here to support you and point you to the correct information.

Fall 2022

Program dates:
Late September - Mid December
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
17,445

Fall 2023 + Winter Quarter 2023 + Spring Quarter 2023

Program dates:
Late September - Mid June
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
42,065

Fall 2022 + Winter Quarter 2023

Program dates:
Late September - Mid March
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
30,280

Winter Quarter 2023 + Spring Quarter 2023

Program dates:
Early January - Mid June
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
32,220

Winter Quarter 2023

Program dates:
Early January - Mid June
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
18,775

Spring Quarter 2023

Program dates:
Late March - Late June
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
18,475

Housing Information

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Off-campus apartment

As a UCSD scholar, you share a twin bedroom with shared bathroom in an off-campus apartment. The elegantly furnished buildings have a communal self-catering kitchen and ample living space for a uniquely social experience. There is also a fitness center and swimming pool.

About San Diego

Why San Diego

Home to one of the planet's most transformative universities and most impressive zoos, San Diego, on California's Pacific coast, has a surprisingly relaxed vibe. Its near-constant sun, long sandy beaches, and adventure-filled mountains create the perfect conditions for an active, balanced lifestyle. Its diverse population and strong East Asian communities add to the SoCal welcome as do downtime excursions to Stuart Art Collections, Disneyland, and Universal Studios.

Learn more about San Diego

Student Health & Safety

We champion health, safety, and security. As part of IES Abroad, the largest study abroad organization in the United States, we have set the standard for health and safety in study abroad for decades. We plan for the ‘what if’, so you can get on with the experience of a lifetime.
International Health Insurance

International health insurance included in the cost of your program

24/7 Emergency Phone Support

Total coverage to support you while traveling and in your new city

Location-Specific Information

Health and safety information prepared based on your destination

Health In Your Language

Highly trained multilingual staff to connect you to healthcare providers

Secure Housing

Quality, safe, secure housing within close proximity to your classes

Dedicated Expertise

Protection by a Dean of Students Office advocating for your interests

Orientation

On Arrival

Your SAF pre-departure process will arm you with all the information you need for a smooth arrival to your new campus, city, and country.

To Housing

Your SAF program will include a safe transfer from your arrival airport to your new study abroad housing. We'll even provide you with top tips to make the most of your new city!

Home Sweet Home

Your SAF Program Specialist will coordinate with you to ensure you have arrived safely and settled into your new secure housing.

Keeping You Safe

As you settle in, you will learn about the SAF emergency alert system, our 24/7 phone support, and any safety concerns relevant to you.

Get Social

Your new university and SAF will arrange social and cultural events so that you can meet other study abroad and local students. Make the most of your adventure!

Advising and Support

The process of studying abroad could quickly feel overwhelming, but we have been doing this for decades and do everything we can to support you through it. 

Many SAF staff are alumni and have walked this path. They have real-life experience to draw on as they advise and support you through every step of our comprehensive services. They’re in your corner, taking care of all the details and explaining what you need to do next.

Take the first step in your study abroad journey by scheduling a consultation with your closest Student Counselor. You can discuss your for-credit academic courses and language programs and explore internships, research programs, and study tours. When you know what you want to do, we guide you through the pre-program steps, help you arrange your visa and transport, and finalize your accommodation or digital experience.

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

Commonly Asked Questions About Studying Abroad

Commonly Asked Questions About Academic & Concurrent Programs

Why Travel With SAF?

Studying abroad is an unforgettable experience, one that stays with you in your career, your contacts, your future. It can define you. At any of our prestigious university partners, you can build personalized for-credit programs that can last up to a whole year.

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