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Certificates & Costs

Program Details and Estimated Costs

Due to updated federal guidance (May 2023), international students must participate in their courses in person. Of the 12 units required for their F-1 visa, only one online course (up to 3 units) may be a remote course. The programs listed below allow students to meet those requirements.

Please confirm availability with the International Team and check back soon for new programs.

Full-time status

International students on F-1 visas are required to be full-time students. We define full-time as 12 units per quarter. If you are on an F-1 visa, you must enroll in 12 units each quarter to maintain your legal status. You may enroll in less than 12 units in your final quarter if you are on track to complete the requirements for your certificate program. Note: Only one online course (3 units) each quarter may count toward your visa status.

Time Estimate • Dual Certificates • Short Programs

Most of our international students are able to complete at least one certificate in nine to 12 months of full-time study. Some students can complete two certificates in that time frame. Other students may opt to complete a specialization in our new one-quarter short program.

   
 

Business Certificate Programs

BUSINESS PROGRAMS
Program Length of Program Units Estimated Tuition Recommended Start
Business Administration 3 Quarters 30 units $15,350 Any Quarter
Human Resource Management 3 Quarters 30 units $17,850 Any Quarter
Marketing Management 3 Quarters 30 units $16,100 Fall, Spring
Project and Program Management 3 Quarters 30 units $17,850 Any Quarter
Supply Chain Management 3 Quarters 30 units $15,350 Any Quarter

Technology Certificate Programs

Program Length of Program Units Estimated Tuition Recommended Start
Computer Programming [i] 3 Quarters 30 units $16,100 Any Quarter
Data Science and Data Analytics 3 Quarters 30 units $16,100 Any Quarter
Embedded Systems 3 Quarters 30 units $15,350 Any Quarter
Linux Programming and Administration 3 Quarters 30 units $15,350 Any Quarter
Software Engineering and Quality [ii] 3 Quarters 30 units $16,100 Any Quarter
Silicon Chip Design & Semiconductor Engineering 3 Quarters 30 units $15,350 Any Quarter

UX Design Certificate Program

Program Length of Program Units Estimated Tuition Recommended Start
User Experience and Web Design 3-4 Quarters 30 units $16,100 Winter / Summer
   
   

F-1 Visa Application Deadlines

International student applications must be submitted by the following dates:
Quarter Quarter Start/End Dates If you are IN THE U.S.,
forms are due:
If you are NOT IN THE U.S.,
forms are due:
Fall August 19–Dec 31 August 1 July 15
Winter January 1–March 31 December 15 November 15
Spring March 18–June 15 March 1 February 15
Summer June 3–August 31 May 15 May 1
 

Important Program Conditions

[i] 3. Computer Programming: Prior knowledge in this field is recommended for students interested in this program.

[ii] 4. Software Engineering and Quality: Prior knowledge in this field is recommended for students interested in this program.

*Please contact extensioninternational@ucsc.edu if interested.

 

Fees & Services

Included in the program tuition cost listed above are numerous fees that apply to all students in the program. These fees provide services for the entire duration of your studies and include:

  • orientation,
  • maintenance of your F-1 status,
  • Student and Community Development course,*
  • OPT application review,
  • OPT support,
  • internship placement assistance,
  • academic programming,
  • course registration,
  • advising,
  • events that maximize your learning and career potential
  • access to computer labs & Wi-Fi, technology,
  • housing referrals and resources,
  • medical insurance assistance,
  • photo ID cards, and
  • other general needs.

The fee also includes two $40 drop fee waivers.

*The Student and Community Development course can be waived for students who have studied in the U.S. previously or can demonstrate having met the learning outcomes previously.

These fees are not included

  • Application Fee: Nonrefundable $150. Due at the time of application.
  • I-901 SEVIS Fee: $350
  • USCIS OPT Fee: $410
  • Cancellation Fee: International student fee is refundable minus a $200 cancellation fee if enrollment is canceled at least three business days before the orientation session begins.
  • Express Mail Fee (optional): $50. Overseas students may request faster mail delivery for immigration document processing.
  • Books and Materials Costs: Additional curricular requirements are not included.

Paying your fee

currency of different country spread out. Text: flywire Secure International Payments
UCSC Silicon Valley Extension only uses Flywire for the international student orientation fee of $4,500.

Learn more about Flywire here.

       

More information

You can learn more about the international program, the 12-unit quarterly minimum, taking courses outside your program, and pursuing an internship, by visiting this page.

International Inquiry Form

Contact Us
Speak to an international programs representative.

Call +1 (408) 450-4945

Envelope extensioninternational@ucsc.edu

To schedule an online meeting with an international advisor, please click here.