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Office of Summer Sessions
2214 SAASB
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA
93106-2010
(805) 893-2315



Summer 2015
Session A: 6/22 - 8/1
Session B: 8/3 - 9/12
Session C: 6/22 - 8/29
Session D: 6/22 - 7/11
Session E: 7/13 - 8/1
Session F: 8/3 - 8/22
Session G: 8/24 - 9/12

Questions and Answers

  1. What is UCSB Summer Sessions' mission?
  2. Why should I attend UCSB Summer Sessions?
  3. What are the dates for Summer Sessions 2014?
  4. When does registration open for Summer Sessions 2014?
  5. What are the Summer Sessions fees?
  6. What is the 10-Unit Fee Cap?
  7. Can I pay my fees using a credit card?
  8. Is there financial aid available?
  9. Who can attend Summer Sessions?
  10. Is there housing available?
  11. When are final exams?
  12. Is my course credit transferable to another college or university?

1. What is UCSB Summer Sessions' mission?

  • UCSB Summer Sessions is charged with the responsibility of offering high quality, innovative, and affordable summer programs to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students, as well as members of the local community and general public. Working in partnership with academic departments and campus units, UCSB Summer Sessions is committed to offering outstanding learning opportunities that both complement and enhance the educational experiences offered during the other academic terms.
  • 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/coursepreview, along with information regarding Summer Sessions applications, fees, policies and deadlines.
  • International students wishing to enroll in Summer Sessions and transfer the credit back to their home university must enroll full-time with a minimum of 6-units.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. Please contact us at info@summer.ucsb.edu to learn more.

2. Why should I attend UCSB Summer Sessions?

  • Here are a few reasons students tell us they come to Summer Sessions . . .

    • Save Money — UC undergrad unit fees are capped at the cost of 10 units and there are no out-of-state fees
      "The rates are cheaper and it gives me a chance to focus on one class . . ."
    • Graduate Sooner — Make up a missed class or finish some GE requirements
      "I decided to attend summer so I do not have to be here for 5 years."
    • Enjoy Learning — Focus on a few subjects at a time while attending less crowded classes
      "I wanted to take courses for personal enrichment and interest while saving money."
    • Get to know UCSB — Summer Sessions offers open enrollment
      "I wanted to experience taking a course at an entirely different institution . . ."

3. What are the dates for Summer Sessions 2014?

  • Session A: 6/23 - 8/2
    Session B: 8/4 - 9/13
    Session C: 6/23 - 8/30
    Session D: 6/23 - 7/12
    Session E: 7/14 - 8/2
    Session F: 8/4 - 8/23
    Session G: 8/25 - 9/13

4. When does registration open for Summer Sessions 2014?

  • Registration appointments are referred to as “passes” or “pass times.” These are the times you will be able to register for classes on GOLD. Click here for Summer 2014 Pass Times.

5. What are the Summer Sessions fees?

  • Summer fees are charged according to the number of credit units taken. Fees for Summer 2014 are as follows:

    Appliction Fee for Non-UC Students $200.00 (non-refundable)
    Undergraduate UC Unit Fees $270.93 per unit (up to 10 units)
    Undergraduate Campus Based Fee* $411.53 - one time fee

    Graduate UC Student

    $338.67 per unit (up to 12 units)
    Graduate Campus Based Fee* $161.59 - one time fee
    Letters & Science Course Material Fee $2.50 per unit (up to 15 units)

NEW— 2 FEE PAYMENT DEADLINES!

  • #1 - June 30: If you have ANY courses starting in June or July (Sessions A-C-D-E), 100% of your Summer fees must be paid by June 30th.
  • #2 - August 11: If you ONLY have courses starting in August (Sessions B-F-G), 100% of your Summer fees must be paid by August 11th.

6. What is the 10-Unit Fee Cap?

  • When taking Summer term courses, UC undergraduates pay a $270.93 per unit fee (plus campus-based and the L&S technology fees). For Summer 2014, you will only pay for your first 10 units. All of the remaining units you take in any of the UCSB Summer Sessions will be free.
  • For example: If you take 16 units this summer, you'll save $1625.58. That's saving big!
  • Search for your Summer 2014 courses in our Schedule of Classes and create your Summer schedule because savings happen here!

7. Can I pay my fees using a credit card?

  • Credit card payments are accepted, online only, using MasterCard, Discover Card and American Express. Also please be aware that there is a 2.75% convenience fee charged for each transaction.

8. Is there financial aid available?


9. Who can attend Summer Sessions?

  • Since we have open enrollment, UCSB students, interested adults, high school graduates or students from other colleges and universities are welcome to attend. Some courses may have prerequisites, which are stated in the course descriptions. NOTE: Admission into Summer Sessions does not constitute admission or readmission to another academic term at the University of California.


10. Is there housing available?

  • University Housing will be available for students attending UCSB Summer Session 2014. The online application process will open on March 3, 2014.

Students may select University apartment accommodations in Santa Ynez, El Dorado and San Clemente Villages Apartments. Residential Dining Services offers 4 meal plan options for both Summer Sessions A and B. Summer Meal Plan holders can eat at Carrillo, De La Guerra, and Portola Dining Commons. For more information, please visit the Summer Meal Plan webpage.


11. When are final exams?

  • The majority of final exams will be held on the last scheduled day of the course. However, please be aware that some courses may have a separate three-hour final exam scheduled on the Thursday, Friday or Saturday that follows the last course meeting. Be sure to check with the department or instructor for additional information.

12. Is my course credit transferable to another college or university?

  • In most cases, the credit you earn here is transferable to another university, but check with your home campus to be sure.