UC Santa Barbara General CatalogUniversity of California, Santa Barbara

Summer Sessions

During the summer term (end of June through mid-September), UC Santa Barbara’s Office of Summer Sessions offers an Open Enrollment program to all qualified domestic and international university students, while largely serving the academic needs of matriculated UC Santa Barbara students. Ranging from anthropology to writing, over 600 lower- and upper-division courses are scheduled during two six-week sessions, four three-week sessions and one ten-week session. 

Beginning early January, a tentative course listing may be found on the Summer Sessions website, http://summer.ucsb.edu/courses, along with information regarding Summer Sessions applications, fees, policies and deadlines. In particular, international students interested in attending summer Open Enrollment are strongly encouraged to determine the appropriate visa status that will allow them to study at UC Santa Barbara during the summer term. 

Beginning early April, a full list of courses with scheduled days and times is available on the Office of the Registrar’s Schedule of Classes website, https://my.sa.ucsb.edu/public/curriculum/coursesearch.aspx.

In addition, the Office of Summer Sessions offers special university-credit programs for high school students, incoming Freshmen, and those students interested in short-term travel study. For a listing of this year’s travel-study locations, please visit http://summer.ucsb.edu/travelstudy.

Two pre-college programs for high-school students are available during the summer sessions:

The UCSB Early Start Program offers qualified high school students who have completed their sophomore year the opportunity to take two lower-division academic courses while they are living in an on-campus residence hall. Students can receive full university credit and will experience college life in a supervised environment.

The Summer Research Mentorship Program matches highly motivated high-school students with an active researcher who serves as faculty advisor and research supervisor. Students earn university credit while gaining research experience, learning how to write a technical paper, as well as presentation skills.

Summer Sessions also offers an innovative program—the Freshman Summer Start Program—for newly admitted UCSB freshmen students. This program includes academic courses and special activities designed to give student participants a comprehensive introduction to the university while getting a head start on their studies. It is intended to help new students make successful transitions to the vibrant academic life of the campus.

Website: http://summer.ucsb.edu

Email: info@summer.ucsb.edu