COVID-19 FAQs

Will Summer Sessions courses be delivered face-to-face or via remote instruction?

At this time we are preparing to offer a robust lineup of courses, programs, and opportunities in-person during Summer 2022. While there is a slim possibility that guidance from public health officials will cause a shift to remote delivery, we are anticipating that students will return to progressing toward their academic goals in a face-to-face format during the summer months. The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff remain our top priority, and we will update our website with any relevant changes.

What’s the difference between an online course and “remote instruction”?

Online courses have been specifically vetted, approved, and optimized for online learning. Courses being delivered remotely were designed for in-person instruction, but were adapted due to emergency circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 crisis. At this time, UC Santa Barbara has returned to in-person instruction and only a very small number of courses are being adapted for remote delivery in Summer 2022. 

Are there online courses available?

Yes, we will continue to offer a number of fully online courses during Summer 2022.  These courses have been specifically designed for online delivery in cooperation with campus pedagogical experts, and are vetted by test students before being offered, in order to provide the best possible online learning experience. Fully online courses scheduled to be offered this year will be posted on the Summer Sessions website leading up to summer registration in April. These courses are also recognizable in GOLD and other systems, because they have a “W” between the subject and number (e.g. PSTAT W 120A instead of PSTAT 120A).

Will I be required to be vaccinated for COVID-19?

Students who will be living in campus housing, or participating in any in-person courses at UC Santa Barbara during Summer 2022, will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to their arrival on university property. This is in accordance with the University of California’s policy for immunization requirements. For more information on the policy, and to upload proof of vaccination, visit Student Health’s COVID-19 Vaccination Information Page. 

Will I get a refund if I change my plans?

Students who drop courses or cancel their Summer Quarter in accordance with published Summer Sessions deadlines will receive a full refund. Billing dates and payment deadlines are not expected to change. 

If I am only taking courses online, will I still be charged a campus-based fee?

Campus-based fees are charged to all registered students regardless of the mode of instruction of the courses. These fees are voted in by student referenda and fund co-curricular programs, activities, and services that directly benefit students. These services include, but are not limited to, counseling, advising, tutoring, student information systems, and programs. Students who are not physically on campus can still access these services remotely, and financial aid packages take these fees into account regardless of the mode of instruction. 

What do I do if I can’t afford Summer Sessions fees?

Students facing financial challenges due to COVID-19 (e.g. unplanned expenses, changes to employment, etc.) should visit the Financial Aid website for the latest guidance. Students who do not qualify for aid can reach out to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships or the BARC Office to discuss options. 

Where can I learn more about UC Santa Barbara’s response to COVID-19?

UC Santa Barbara continues to monitor the global COVID-19 outbreak, and has provided guidance and ongoing updates at https://ucsb.edu/COVID-19-information