Where the next generation of innovation is born
There is no place quite like Silicon Valley. International students will experience life in one of the most dynamic economic regions in the world while studying 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 a top-ranking, accredited institution collaborating with industry to provide a professional curriculum to prepare students for the latest demands in the workforce.
What makes us particularly unique, however, are the instructors who bring their passion for excellence to the classroom with hands-on practical training that helps you move your career forward. And, of course, the unmatched experience of Silicon Valley.
Certificate programs + short programs for international students
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.
Welcome to our international students!
It's great to have you back after that long pandemic kept you away. Below you'll find some helpful links to get you closer to your dream of professional studies in Silicon Valley.
Prospective International Students
Prospective students can click here to schedule an online meeting with an advisor.
- Mondays, 4–6 p.m. (PT)
- Wednesdays, 8–10 a.m. (PT)
Current International Students
Already enrolled? You can meet with an international advisor in person or online at the following drop-in times.
- Tuesdays/Thursdays, 3–4 p.m. (PT)
In-Person Meeting, Silicon Valley Campus
- Wednesdays/Fridays, 10–11 a.m. (PT)
Zoom Meeting Link
CERTIFICATES & COSTS
The average tuition cost of our programs is $16,000.
ONE-QUARTER SHORT PROGRAM
Spend a quarter in an immersive, focused study and earn a digital badge specialization in a top Silicon Valley program.
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
LATIN AMERICA • AFRICA • ASIA
Representative Contact: Global Study Partners
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