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Welcome to Summer Sessions at UC Santa Barbara

With seven sessions of varying length to choose from, more than 10,000 students flock to our seaside campus to pursue their unique educational goals during the summer months. A widely varied curriculum boasts more than 600 courses across all disciplines to appeal to a diverse group of students, with the makeup of the summer population including matriculated UC Santa Barbara students, visiting university students from domestic and international locations, high achieving high school students, and curious and driven community members looking to learn something new. 

Summertime vibes extend beyond the classroom through the Culture and Community Program, which welcomes the campus and broader Santa Barbara communities to enjoy films, performances, plays and events that enrich and enliven sun-soaked days. The general public is also invited to ignite their curiosity through GRIT Talks, an engaging annual lecture series featuring eight notable faculty, who share ways in which their research is shaping the future. 

Why Summer Sessions at UC Santa Barbara?

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accelerate
progress to degree
Advance toward your educational goals with 600+ courses offered across seven sessions.
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explore
innovative programs
Participate in one of our academic or research programs to enhance your toolkit for success.
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expand
your horizons
Leverage summer to add a major or minor, discover a new discipline, gain hands-on experience, and more.
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invest
in your future
Capitalize on in-state tuition benefits and other summer savings to reduce your educational expenses.

SUMMER SPOTLIGHT | Applications are now open for 2022 pre-college programs
In anticipation of in-person operations this summer, we are excitedly preparing innovative program offerings, a robust curriculum, and a vibrant series of events for our students and broader campus community.

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Seaside Summers

Immerse in all that UC Santa Barbara has to offer, from breathtaking vistas to the exchange of scintillating ideas.