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University of California Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, CA


  1. Not currently able to accept students for Academic Year 2021-22. More info soon.
  2. Academic College system combines living/learning community with campus life.
  3. Santa Cruz known for arts, culture, beaches, surfing, and innovative thinking.

About This Campus

The University of California, Santa Cruz, has earned national distinction as a university with high-impact research and an uncommon commitment to teaching and public service. A campus with world-class facilities and one of the most visually spectacular settings in higher education, UC Santa Cruz provides unparalleled opportunities for students to learn through hands-on experience. A commitment to environmental stewardship and community engagement are also central to UCSC's core values. Undergraduates pursue course work in 65 majors in the arts, engineering, humanities, physical and biological sciences, and social sciences. Graduate students work toward master's degrees, doctoral degrees, and graduate certificates in 41 academic programs. UCSC people, including about 93,000 alumni, are leaders in virtually every field; and the campus is highly regarded for the positive impact it has on society.

Location Information

One of the most beautiful campuses in the University of California system, the campus is surrounded by redwoods on a hillside offering panoramic views of the Monterey Bay. UCSC is located only minutes from beaches and surfing, the lively boardwalk, and the arts and culture of downtown Santa Cruz and is a short commute from the renowned high-technology industry of nearby Silicon Valley.

Helpful Information

UC Santa Cruz combines the resources of a world class public research university with a distinctive undergraduate experience characterized by our college system. Inbound placements are extremely limited. Summer only enrollment is open and available on Host Pay.

2021/2022 Placement

Home Payment

2022/2023 Placement

Home Payment

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Santa Cruz
Population | 65,021
Enrollment | 19,700
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home Payment
Term Dates
Fall | 09/26-12/18
Spring | 01/04-06/10

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 2%
Asian | 26%
Black | 4%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 2%
Hispanic/Latino | 25%
Two or more | 5%
White | 31%
Other | 5%
International | 0%
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  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: Before seniors
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Campus instructor or department
Closed Programs
All programs in Division of Physical and Biological Sciences and School of Engineering closed.


Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Art History
  • History
  • Italian
  • Jewish Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Plant Science
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Theater Arts/Drama/Acting
  • Women and Gender Studies


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.85 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 550.00 paper, N/A computer or 80.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.50
Summer Exchange
  • Plan A
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan B

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 01/26/20

  • Campus Budget
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Home Payment: 15 ($1000 per additional hour)

Financial Aid - Home Payment
For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Financial Aid - Canada
Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $500 Year Plan A Mandatory
Parking Fee $500 Year Plan B Optional

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 01/26/20

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 51% living on campus
  • Double: $5650 (includes meals)
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living is limited
  • Maximum housing reserved for women: 5
  • Maximum housing reserved for men: 5
  • Maximum unrestricted housing reserved: 5
Off-Campus Housing
  • Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $2000
  • Proximity to campus: 3
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Meal Plans


Campus Links


Figures per Semester are current as of 01/26/20

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance $974 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory

Important Notes about Health Insurance
This fee may be waived if the student already has private insurance. Contact the Health Center (https://healthcenter.ucsc.edu/billing-insurance/) for information on waiving this fee.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance


  • Immunization before registering
  • Immunization before residence hall move in
  • Health / accident insurance (encouraged)
  • Immunization: DTap (diptheria, tetanus, pertussis)
  • Immunization: MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
  • Immunization: Meningococcal
  • Immunization: Tuberculosis
  • Immunization: varicella (chickenpox)

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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