Welcome to UCSC Silicon Valley Extension!

The Professional Education Division of University of California, Santa Cruz


Why do international students choose UCSC Extension?

Silicon Valley

It is here in Silicon Valley where the next generation of innovation is born. Study and network with industry professionals working at global tech giants and groundbreaking startups. Meet the people who are building products for Facebook, Google, Intel, Whatsapp, Linkedin, eBay, Twitter, Nvidia, Synopsys, and many more.

University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)

When you choose UCSC, you are choosing a globally recognized, accredited U.S. public institution.

Premier Professional Certificates

Certificate programs are ideal for those who want to improve their career opportunities and earning potential quickly by gaining hands-on experience with new technologies and best practices.

Industry Experienced Instructors

Courses are taught by industry professionals who are closely networked with current trends and leaders in their field.

One-Year (or shorter) Programs

Students can complete a certificate in just nine to 12 months. Some students complete two certificates within this time frame.

One Year of OPT in the U.S.

After completing your certificate program, you’re eligible to apply for one year of work authorization in the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program.


UCSC Extension partners with dozens of local companies that welcome our students for unpaid internships.

Multicultural Experience

You will study with U.S. professionals and international students. We serve students from more than 30 countries.                                                                                                                   

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Questions? Contact us! 
ExtensionInternational@ucsc.edu  •  +1 (408) 450-4945