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UC Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, California

Get InfoApply NowSpecial courses in Marine Science, Surfing, and Research Mentorship Program4 or 6 Week ProgramsTuition ranging from $7,699 - $10,399For students completing grades 9, 10, 11, 12 (ages 14-18)Photo Gallery
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You'll love our UC Santa Barbara summer program

UC Santa Barbara (UCSB) is a learning center that is internationally renowned for teaching and research. It ranks in fifth place among public universities by “U.S. News & World Report.” Famous alumni include Jack Johnson, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Harvey Levin (of TMZ). With an ideal location on a breathtaking stretch of beach, UCSB is the perfect setting for a pre-college program.

During our 15-year partnership with UCSB, we have provided incredible summer experiences for thousands of high school students. Summer Discovery students come from 44 states and over 70 countries. This summer, join us and create long-lasting friendships with students from all over the world.

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World-class academics on a private beach

A day in the life

Every day at UCSB is unique, but here is a preview of what you can do on a single day here

  • 8.30am Roll out of bed and head to De La Guerra Dining Commons (DLG) where you can enjoy a bagel, eggs, fruit, and more on your way to class.
  • 9.30am Grab your notebook and pen (or your microscope) and don’t be late for class.
  • 11.30am What’s one great thing about college? Long lunch breaks. Enjoy a leisurely lunch with friends, bike around campus, or hang out at the University Center.
  • 1.00pm Back to class, but not always in the classroom. Many classes take field trips around Santa Barbara to local businesses, museums, and the beach.
  • 3.00pm Your summer, your way. Sign up for the activities you want to do. Choose from beaches, sports, shopping, museums, and more.
  • 6.00pm Dinner time. Enjoy the unlimited portions at the DLG Dinning Commons. UCSB has some of the best food of any college campus.
  • 8.00pm Movies. Las Vegas Night. Concerts. College Nights. You will never forget the memories you make with your friends at UC Santa Barbara.
  • 11.00pm Enjoy a pizza, watch a movie, or play ping pong in the lounge. After a full day, it’s nice to relax with friends.

Arrival and departure days

You must arrive and depart on the specified arrival and departure days only. If this is not possible, you must arrive the day after arrival day or depart the day before departure day. There are no rooms available at our residence hall outside of the dates of the program.

6 week session: Arrive June 23, depart August 3
4 week session: Arrive June 30, depart July 27

Airport Transfers

Summer Discovery provides escorted transfers from/to Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) for $40 each way. We meet you at baggage claim or outside customs for international flights, and assist with your departure.

Dates & Tuition
  • Jun 23 - Aug 3: 6 WeeksPre-College Program: 1 College Credit & 1 Enrichment Course$9,599
  • Jun 23 - Aug 3: 6 WeeksResearch Mentorship Program$10,399
  • Jun 30 - Jul 27: 4 WeeksPre-College$7,999
  • Jun 30 - Jul 27: 4 WeeksScience & Engineering Research Academy$7,699

Tuition includes: Term fees, academic and enrichment program, housing, comprehensive welcome orientation and ice-breakers, 3 meals daily while on campus (2 on weekends), use of athletic and recreation facilities, activities and trips, transportation for included activities, Collegewise admissions presentation, blanket and pillow.

Not included: Application fee, $95 student ID/technology fee, airfare, airport transfers (available for $40 from Santa Barbara each way), class materials, course supplements, meals eaten off campus, medical expenses, laundry, linens, and spending money.

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