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How to Apply


International student enrollment requirements



You must have a college degree. This could be an associate’s, bachelor's, master's, doctorate, or another equivalent higher degree.

Accepted English Proficiency Scores
  • iBT TOEFL 70
  • IELTS 6.0
  • Duolingo 95
  • TOEIC 760
Note about English waivers

An English waiver may apply if you have completed a university or college degree from an English-speaking country. An English-speaking country refers to a country whose majority of inhabitants conduct their day-to-day life in English and whose official language is or includes English.

Completing an English-based degree program is not the same as completing your degree in an English-speaking country.

We also accept qualifications from a few language institutions.


Take these steps to apply as a full-time international student.*

STEP 1: Download and fill out the International Student Application Form.
  • Students: Please enter your agency information
    If you have been referred to us by an international agent, please remember to enter your agency information in the application.

International Student Application

STEP 2: Gather the following documents:
  • Recent bank statement (within the last six months) showing a minimum of $30,000 to cover yearly living and tuition expenses
  • Proof of English Proficiency not older than two years.
  • Copy of college transcripts or diploma
  • Copy of passport
  • Resume (optional)
  • Personal Statement (optional)
Domestic status

If you are already in the U.S. or planning to transfer from another U.S. institution, please provide:

  • A copy of your visa
  • A copy of your I-94
  • A copy of your recent I-20 (for transfer students)
STEP 3: Submit your application.
  • Send your completed application forms via email to:
  • We will begin processing your application. Please allow 3 to 5 business days for application processing.
STEP 4: Pay your application fee.
  • Once we have processed your application, we will create a student account for you.
  • We will send you an email with instructions on how to log into your Student Account to pay the $150 application fee.
STEP 5: Send us receipt of payment
  • Send us receipt of your payment at
STEP 6: Receive acceptance letter and I-20
  • Once we have received your payment receipt, we will finish processing your application and provide you with your I-20 and letter of acceptance.
  • Again, please allow 3-5 business days for us to process your application.

See the Certificates and Costs page for more information.


F-1 Visa Application Deadlines

International student applications must be submitted by the following dates.

Here is our academic calendar.

Quarter NEW International
I-20 Program
UCSC Extension
Academic Quarter
(Continuing Student
I-20 Program Dates)
Fall August 20*–December 31 September 1–December 31 July 15 August 1
Winter January 4*–March 31 January 1–March 31 November 15 December 1
Spring March 12*–June 15 April 1–June 15 February 15 March 1
Summer May 31*– August 31 June 16–August 31 May 1 May 15
* New International Student Orientation Date — In-person attendance is mandatory. Orientation date is subject to change.

International Inquiry Form

Contact Us
Speak to an international programs representative.

Call +1 (408) 450-4945


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

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