Study Abroad at University of California, San Diego

United States West San Diego

With nearly 266 sunny days per year, 100 kms of beaches and 50 kms of mountains to explore, San Diego offers you the perfect conditions to live an active lifestyle at one of America’s top research universities. You’ll feel at home in this city, where you can enjoy dining outdoors, shopping and exploring the many parks. On campus, swim laps in the indoor or outdoor pool, play tennis on one of 20+ courts, or connect with the UCSD Activities Manager to plan your next adventure, from whale-watching to Disneyland.

Academic strength: Biological & Physical Sciences, Business, Economics & Finance, Computer Science & Math, Engineering, Language, Linguistics & Cultural Studies
Rankings: Times Top 100
Languages requirement: English
GPA requirement: Strong academic performance

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

SAF's Student Promise

Unparalleled Access

We know your destination and host university inside and out

Total Support

We manage your housing, insurance, application - the entire adventure

24/7 Health & Safety Coverage

Our experts are available around-the-clock for support when you need it

In It For You

As a registered US not-for-profit, it's our mission that drives us

We've Seen It All

For over 70 years we have curated world-class study abroad experiences

Official Associations

Over 300 of the world's best universities trust our study abroad expertise

Eric Yan
“I chose to study abroad to experience a new culture and learn advanced lessons. I've been able to practice English with my roommates and professors... I learned not to be shy. You just have to be open and outgoing. I feel really supported here.”
Eric Yan, Past SAF Student

Hear more from Eric

"Everyone should study abroad, because you only live once"

We caught up wtih SAF scholar, Eric, during his study abroad adventure at UC San Diego.

His advice to those thinking about studying abroad? "You only live once, and should experience more". Watch Eric's story to find out more about life at UC 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

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