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Program overview
12 weeks
Full time
Diploma / certificate
7,800 USD
Start dates
La Jolla
7,800 USD
15 June 2020

La Jolla
7,800 USD
24 September 2020
Programs at University of California San Diego Extension International Programs

Program description

University and Professional Studies

If you are a high-achieving university student or professional who would like to take a full-time schedule of credit-bearing classes at UC San Diego or UC San Diego Extension while studying alongside American university students, the University and Professional Studies (UPS) program might be right for you. With UPS, it is possible to study at the Bachelor’s and Master’s levels, across nearly all the departments at UC San Diego.

Admission requirements

We carefully review the background and qualifications of each applicant to ensure that those admitted to the University and Professional Studies (UPS) program will have a successful experience. The minimum acceptance requirements are listed below.

Language Proficiency Requirements

For detailed information about the Language Proficiency Requirements for each UPS track, please visit the course webpage. 

Additional Admission Requirements for All Tracks: 

  • A copy of transcripts in English for the two most recent years of academic studies. Transcripts must clearly indicate excellent academic achievement – top 10% in his/her school.

  • UPS Course List Form of 12-15 courses per quarter, organized by quarter, that you would like to take at UC San Diego or UC San Diego Extension. Students must use the UPS Course List Form to submit their selections. UC San Diego courses are listed online. For a list of all of UC San Diego Extension course offerings please see the institute website. 

  • A one-page statement explaining your reasons for choosing UC San Diego for your study abroad experience.

  • Once admitted into the program, students must maintain above-average final grades in all coursework (“B” or better).


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Program content

In fall, winter, and spring quarters, you can take a full-time program (12-units) consisting of UC San Diego and/or UC San Diego Extension courses for university credit. The following are examples of some of the subjects that previous University and Professional Studies students have studied:

  • Academic Writing
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Anthropology
  • Bioengineering
  • Biology
  • Business (upper-division undergraduate business courses through the Rady School of Management and graduate international business courses through the School of Global Policy and Strategy)
  • Chemistry
  • Communications
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geophysics
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Literature
  • Marine Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Molecular Biology
  • Music
  • Oceanography
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Spanish for Communication
  • Stem Cell Biology
  • Theatre/Dance
  • Visual Arts
  • and many more

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About this institute

University of California San Diego Extension International Programs

University of California San Diego Extension International Programs

The University of California San Diego Extension International Programs offers short-term and intensive English language programs, free mover programs, professional certificates, and summer youth programs. Study in sunny Southern California at one of the top universities in the world, and...


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Contact info

University of California San Diego Extension International Programs

9500 Gilman Drive MC-0176D
92093 La Jolla California
United States of America

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extension.ucsd.edu

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