Application Procedure for International Students

Our international studies programs are designed for individuals who would be attending courses in the U.S. on a student visa. The application process differs based on whether you are currently living in the U.S. or abroad.

  • If you are currently living in the U.S., please follow the process outlined below.
  • If you reside outside the U.S., please click here to learn about our partnership with EC Higher Education and how to apply.

To apply to UCSC Extension as a full-time international student if you reside in the U.S.

1. Download the International Student Application Form.

2. Fill out the form. We will create a student account for you to which you can submit the $150 payment via credit card. Potential certificate students will also be charged the international student advising fee of $2,000.  The advising fee is refundable if enrollment is cancelled up to three business days prior to the orientation session. A $200 cancellation fee will apply. You also have the option to pay by check. Make a check payable to "UC Regents" and mail it in or drop it off with your application.

3. Scan and email a financial statement from your bank account or a sponsor's bank account showing that you have sufficient funds to support yourself during your studies in the United States. The 9-month professional certificate programs require financial resources of at least $25,000. The cost of tuition varies depending on the certificate you choose. Total course and materials fees for a program are approximately $10,000. This does not include books.

Send your completed application forms via email to: or by regular mail to:

International Program Assistant
UCSC Silicon Valley Extension 
3175 Bowers Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95054 


  • Application Fee: $150 (non-refundable) due at the time of application.
  • International Student Fee*: $2,000 due at the time of application and is refundable if enrollment is cancelled up to three business days before the orientation session begins. A 10% cancellation fee will apply.
  • Optional Express Mail Fee: $50 for immigration documents for overseas students who request express mail.
  • Variable Course Fees: Course fees vary depending on course selection. Students must enroll in a minimum of 12 units per term, except in the final term.

* This fee includes immigration and academic advising, SEVIS recordkeeping and monitoring, and a four-hour international student workshop during the orientation session.  This fee does not include medical insurance, course tuition and fees, or the cost to change your visa status to F-1.

F-1 Visa Application Deadlines

International student applications must be submitted by the following dates:

Quarter Quarterly Start/End Dates If you are IN THE U.S., forms are due: If you are ABROAD, forms are due:
Winter Jan 1 - Mar 31 December 15 November 15
Spring April 1 - June 15 March 15 February 15
Summer June 16 - Aug 31 May 15 May 1
Fall Sep 1 - Dec 31 August 15 July 15