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Where the next generation of innovation is born
While experiencing life in one of the most dynamic economic regions in the world, you will get to study with industry professionals from global tech companies and groundbreaking startups.
You will join a welcoming and diverse community committed to providing you with the most up-to-date practical and project-based, professional certificate programs.
University of California, Santa Cruz, founded in 1965, is accredited and our professional curriculum is created with industry to reflect the changing workforce demand. What makes us particularly unique, however, is the experience of Silicon Valley and the practical, hands-on training from professionals in the field.
Learn More About Your Visa and Education Options
H-1B Workers: Visa options in an uncertain economy
At a recent online event, immigration experts talk about how you can navigate the challenges of visa status in 2023. We share educational options for master's programs—Games & Playable Media, Human-Computer Interaction, and Natural Language Processing—as well as numerous professional certificate programs.
Welcome to our international students!
We missed meeting so many of our international students in person during the pandemic that we are particularly excited to welcome back so many interesting people from all over the world.
International Student Application Form
International Student Calendar
CERTIFICATES & COSTS
The average tuition cost of our programs is $16,000.
9–12 MONTH STUDY
Learn from industry experts who bring their day job into the classroom for night and weekend courses. You’ll get to put your practical knowledge to work right away.
HOW TO APPLY
You must have a college degree. This could be an associate’s, bachelor's, master's, doctorate, or other equivalent higher degree.
INTERNSHIPS & OPT
Nearly all of our international students who complete a professional certificate program go on to qualify for unpaid internships and paid work experiences through the federally managed Optional Practical Training (OPT) program.
HOUSING | TRANSPORTATION
Find the best resources for housing and transportation in Silicon Valley.
Every student is responsible for following the UCSC Silicon Valley Extension Academic Integrity Policy and understanding the difference between attribution and plagiarism.
Representative Contact: Joy Martin Consulting
Interested in being an agent partner?
UCSC Silicon Valley Extension invites collaborative relationships with professional educational advisers and institutions around the world. We thank you for your support in facilitating these life-changing experiences for international students.
International Inquiry Form
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Call +1 (408) 450-4945