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When you establish candidacy in one of our accredited professional development certificate programs, you are choosing an accredited University of California-approved curriculum.

Where the next generation of innovation is born

What makes us particularly unique, however, is the experience of Silicon Valley and the practical, hands-on training from professionals in the field. We like to say that it’s here, in Silicon Valley, where the next generation of innovation is born. Learn from industry experts who bring their day job into the classroom for night and weekend courses. You’ll get to put your practical knowledge to work right away.

Most programs can be completed in nine months.

We offer short programs including specializations offering 6-9 units as well as longer 14–16-unit programs that can be completed in nine months. Although some programs may have fewer units, please check on scheduling and availability if you do not plan to stay a year.

Also, note that some programs require knowledge and experience in the field to begin and are not aimed at the novice. See our Program Details page for more information or visit our individual certificate program pages.


The Typical International Student’s Journey



See more information on our Certificates & Costs page.


We define full-time as 12 units per quarter, which is the mandated requirement for all students with F-1 status. 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 your certificate program(s).


The average tuition cost of our programs is $16,000. See our Certificates & Costs Section for more information.


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.


  • Many of the Engineering and Technology certificates are 14-unit programs.
  • Mobile App Development Specialization (9 units)
  • Social Media Marketing Specialization (6 units)

Some of our programs can be completed in a very short time—as little as four months. Note, however, that shorter programs do not qualify you to apply for OPT.


You are always welcome to enroll in courses that are outside your declared certificate program.

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.