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Dates & Prices

  • 6 Weeks 6/24 - 8/4 $9,299 $8,999 Pre-College Program
  • 4 Weeks 6/24 - 7/21 $7,799 $7,499 Pre-College Program
Apply and enroll now for Fall Savings up to $600! 2018 tuition savings ends November 17th!

6 week program open to students completing grades 10,11 & 12.

4 week program open to students completing grades 9,10,11 & 12.

Tuition includes: Term fees, academic program, use of facilities, housing, 3 meals daily while on campus (2 meals on weekends), recreation access, activities and trips, blanket and pillow.

Not included: Application fee, $70 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, souvenirs, and personal spending money.


UC Santa Barbara - Curriculum & Courses

  • If you would like to apply to the Research Mentorship Program, please click here
  • If you would like to apply to the Science Engineering Research Academy, please click here


We make every effort to keep class information accurate. However, changes in class availability and schedules can occur. We reserve the right to limit enrollment and/or cancel any class due to overwhelming or insufficient enrollment.

Choose the classes that interest you

As a high school student, you may not have much say in the classes you take during the year. The summer is your chance to explore what really interests you. 

UC Santa Barbara offers over 90 different classes in a wide range of subjects. Most students take 2 classes. College credit, research, or enrichment, the choice is yours.

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College credit classes at UCSB

Summer Discovery partners with the UCSB Office of Summer Sessions to offer college credit classes. Classes are taught by UCSB professors, visiting faculty, and graduate teaching instructors. You will be in class with UCSB undergraduates during UCSB Summer Sessions.

Classes meet for 1½ - 3 hours, 2 to 5 times a week. Most classes have papers, midterms and final exams and are graded on the traditional A, B, C, D and F system. Official transcripts are available from UCSB upon request.

You will earn 3 to 5 UCSB unit credits for each college credit class at UCSB. Credits are transferable to most colleges and universities in the United States.

Non-credit enrichment classes at UCSB

Enrichment classes are a great way for you to learn something interesting and develop new skills. Summer Discovery partners with UCSB to offer enrichment classes. These classes are taught by UCSB faculty, visiting professors, and graduate teaching instructors and meet for 2 hours, 5 times a week.

Most classes have homework, papers, and/or tests. Classes are graded on the traditional A, B, C, D, and F system. You will receive a grade report and Summer Discovery “Certificate of Completion” at the end of the program.