Welcome to Silicon Valley!

UCSC Silicon Valley Extension International brochure

Where the next generation of innovation is born

While experiencing life in one of the most dynamic economic regions in the world, international students 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.

INTL, the acronym for international programs

Certificate programs and short programs for the international student

New courses start each quarter allowing students to launch their 9–12-month full certificate program quickly. Starting this fall we're also offering a one-quarter program for students wishing to complete a focused, 12-unit study in a single quarter.

Learn more about your visa and education options at UCSC

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!

It's great to have you back after that long pandemic kept you away.

International Student Population Chart for 2022-2023

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International Application Form


International Student Calendar



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The average tuition cost of our programs is $16,000.


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Spend a quarter in an immersive, focused study and earn a digital badge specialization in a top Silicon Valley program.



You must have a college degree. This could be an associate’s, bachelor's, master's, doctorate, or other equivalent higher degree.


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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.


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Find the best resources for housing and transportation in Silicon Valley.


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Every student is responsible for following the  UCSC Silicon Valley Extension Academic Integrity Policy and understanding the difference between attribution and plagiarism.



Overseas Representatives


Representative Contact: Joy Martin Consulting


Representative Contact: Global Study Partners


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.

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International Inquiry Form

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Speak to an international programs representative.

Call +1 (408) 450-4945


Recent International Stories

What Students Are Saying

"I received a clear view of the industry and what are the needs faced by enterprises today."
— Anonymous Student     International Student
"I made a lot of good connections while I was here."
— Aakash Dave     International Student Entrepreneur, Founding CEO of Spotmi
Aakash Dave
"It was pretty deep and the assignments were demanding so I had to work hard to get the point."
— Renato Roschel Ribeiro, MBA     International Student Director of Digital & Analytics | Data Analytics Professor
Renato Roschel Ribeiro, MBA