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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 February, a tentative course listing may be found on the Summer Sessions website, http://summer.ucsb.edu/coursepreview, 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 and incoming freshmen.

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

The UCSB Early Start Program offers qualified high school students 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 Research Mentorship Program is a six-week immersive summer experience that challenges high-achieving high school students to conduct hands-on, original research on campus under the guidance of a faculty, postdoc, or graduate student mentor. Students learn how to conduct interdisciplinary research and master communication of their results in a technical paper, academic poster, and oral presentation.

The Science and Engineering Research Academy (SERA) is a four-week residential and commuter program that introduces qualified high school students to the research enterprise through project-based, directed research in STEM, Humanities, and Social Sciences related fields.

Summer Sessions also offers an innovative program—the Freshman Summer Start Program—for newly admitted UC Santa Barbara 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. The program is intended to help new students make a successful transition to campus life.

Website: http://summer.ucsb.edu

Email: info@summer.ucsb.edu