Studying at UCSC Extension is a great way to make the most of your time in the US. Build professional skills and gain experience working in US companies. Our professional certificate programs are open to international students and are located in the heart of Silicon Valley, which is renowned as the world center of cutting edge innovation, the economic powerhouse of global business, and the dreamland for entrepreneurs.
The region is home to many of the world's largest technology companies. Silicon Valley continues to be the leading hub for high-tech startups, accounting for one-third of all of the venture capital investment in the United States.
The University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) is one of 10 campuses within the prestigious University of California system, one of the nation’s premier public institutions of higher education. The University of California has one of the most highly regarded systems of education in the world.
UCSC Extension's top-quality professional certificate programs can improve your career opportunities and your earning potential. Our courses, held in Santa Clara, California, are taught by Silicon Valley professionals who are leaders in their fields. Most UCSC Extension students are working professionals from Silicon Valley companies, so you'll have opportunities to network in the high-tech community.
UCSC Extension is authorized to issue I-20 forms for initial entry, transfer, reinstatement and change of status applications for international students. After you complete your studies, you can gain work experience in a relevant company by applying for Optional Practical Training (OPT). OPT is available to students who have maintained their student status for one academic year (nine months) and successfully completed a certificate program. With OPT authorization, students can supplement their high-quality education with a year of work experience in Silicon Valley.