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University of California Extension, Santa Cruz: English Language and International Programs, California

English Language and International Programs: In today's world, your ability to use English fluently will help advance your career. The University of California Extension, Santa Cruz is prepared to help you meet your professional and personal goals through our high-quality programs offered in Santa Cruz and Silicon Valley. Our unique combination of expertise, experience, and location will make your stay unforgettable!

At English Language and International Programs at UC Extension, Santa Cruz, students from more than 65 countries have been taking advantage of ELI's high-quality language and cultural training for more than 20 years. Our dedicated faculty and supportive staff will help you create a path to success, whether you want to enroll in an American university, advance your career, or fulfill other goals. At ELI, you are our priority.

Program Description: The ELI Intensive English Program, open to both students and professionals, has 10-, 8-, 5- and 4-week sessions year-round. The core curriculum focuses on reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar, and pronunciation skills. We offer a number of electives in four different categories: Academic Skills, U.S. Culture and Communication, Business, and Special Interest.

After completion of the placement examination, ELI students are ranked accordingly:

  • Level 1-2: Beginner and Pre-intermediate
  • Level 3-4: Intermediate and Upper-intermediate
  • Level 5-6: Advanced and Advanced Plus: Design Your Own Program

University of California Extension, Santa Cruz, California

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Academic Services

Academic Advising: The ELI Academic Adviser can help you select your English courses, register for UCSC or UCSC Extension classes, or transfer into U.S. universities. Regular workshops are organized to help you learn about other study options during and after your studies at ELI.

University Transfer Program / TOEFL Waiver: If you are interested in obtaining a U.S. university associate's, bachelor's or master's degree, you may join ELI's transfer program. ELI students can receive conditional acceptance by some of our partners (such as De Anza, Foothill, or Cabrillo Colleges), without taking the TOEFL. You just need to complete our Level 5 intensive English course and have approval from our Academic Coordinator.

Internships: Advanced-level students may volunteer with a local service organization. This unpaid internship experience gives you the opportunity to practice your English in an authentic environment, meet members of the community, and gain U.S. work experience.

Professional Communication Classes: ELI offers advanced evening and weekend English classes designed for non-native business professionals. Students work with professional trainers who provide coaching in communication and culture skills for success in speaking, writing, and making presentations. Online classes are also available for busy professionals that wish to work at their own pace. You can choose to receive the level of interaction you get in a live classroom or select one-on-one distance coaching with an experienced teacher. Course CD ROMs are now available in 10 languages.

Special Tutoring:

  • Private tutoring is available for ELI students who want individual lessons.
  • Instruction is based on the student's needs and skill level.
  • The tutor is an ELI instructor; students may choose their instructors.
  • This option is strongly recommended for students with little knowledge of English.
  • An additional fee is required.
  • We can help you find instructors for GRE and GMAT exams.

Testing Services: ELI is an internationally approved testing center. Each term, we offer the following tests:

  • MEPT (Michigan English Proficiency Test): To determine student entry level
  • Institutional TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language, paper-based): For American college or university admission (arrangements may also be made for the computer-based TOEFL test)

University Preparation Program: This rigorous program is designed to prepare international students for the challenges of both academic work and life at an American University. The program features two weeks of intensive University preparation courses designed to improve assimilation into university culture. The program requires a minimum TOEFL score of 525 paper / 195 CBT / 70 iBT.

University Studies: The ELI University Studies Program opens the door to top-quality education offered by University of California, Santa Cruz. Students with advanced-level English proficiency, TOEFL 550 paper / 213 CBT / 80 iBT, can study for up to one year in this program. USP students can take up to 15 credit hours per quarter for full university credit. You can start classes in fall, winter or spring. Acceptance into specific courses is based on available space and the instructor's approval. You may also choose to audit one or several courses without credit, to experience American university life first-hand.

Visa Information for International Students: UCSC Extension is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant students. While it is your responsibility to comply with all U.S. visa regulations, ELI's dedicated staff will assist you with understanding the law.

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Program Schedule and Fees (Tuition)
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Quarter Number
of Weeks
Dates Tuition
Winter 10 early January - mid-March $2850
  5A early January - mid-February $1550
  5B mid-February - mid-March $1550
Spring 10 late March - early June $2850
  5A late March - late April $1550
  5B early May - early June $1550
Summer 8 late June - late August $2240
  4A late June - late July $1400
  4B early August - late August $1400
Fall 10 mid-September - early December $2850
  5A mid-September - late October $1550
  5B late October - early December $1550

Application Fee: $125, non-refundable.

Program Service Fees (includes Student Recreation / ID Card, Santa Cruz Bus Pass, Medical Insurance, and Student Services) cost an additional $300 to $450, depending on the length of the program.

Housing Fees range from approximately $27 per night to $37.50 per night. As an ELI student, you will have three main housing options: You may live at University Town Center (UTC), with an American family, or rent a room only from a family. During the summer, additional housing is available on the UCSC campus for groups of 20 or more. The University Town Center is located in downtown Santa Cruz, and houses dormitories, computer labs, student lounges, ESL classrooms, and our administrative office. American Homestays represent the diversity of the Santa Cruz population; host families live within 30 minutes of UTC. ELI also provides general assistance to students who prefer to make their own living arrangements.

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Contract and Special Programs

ELI has many years of experience designing customized short-term programs for schools and other organizations worldwide. Because the programs are specially designed, we can offer them for variable lengths of time, and focus on your group's needs. Typical programs are three to four weeks long, and emphasize conversational English combined with an academic or cultural subject. We welcome requests for these customized programs. We have access to the best trainers and curricula available, and can deliver the program in your country or here in the U.S. Each student receives an official UCSC certificate upon successful completion of the program.

Programs that we've designed:

  • Academic orientation for Fulbright Scholars and Humphrey Fellows
  • Teacher-training, English for specific purposes
  • Supply Chain and Logistics
  • Language and sports studies for high school students
  • Entrepreneurship

Other Courses and Certificate Programs Offered by
University of California Extension, Santa Cruz

The term international student carries many meanings in today's global workplace and academic arena. You may be coming to Santa Cruz or Silicon Valley to enroll in University of California Santa Cruz Extension courses leading to a professional certificate. You may be residing in one of our local cities for several years or planning to immigrate to California in the near future. Whatever your background, native language or future objectives, we invite you to participate in our excellent courses and programs designed to help you achieve your goals.

UCSC Extension, an established institution of lifelong learning, is the largest provider of professional education in Silicon Valley and the Central Coast. UCSC Extension offers a wide variety of professional certificate programs for international students at our two classroom facilities located in Cupertino and Sunnyvale. Certificate programs may be completed in three to 12 months depending on the selected program. Students must maintain full-time status each term by taking a minimum of 12 credit hours. After nine months of full-time enrollment and completion of a certificate program, international students are eligible for one year of Post Completion Optional Practical training (OPT). UCSC Extension is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.

Professional Certificate Requirements: International students enrolling in certificate programs must have a bachelor's degree or higher, and a TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) or 80 (Internet-based) taken in the last two years. If you need assistance in enhancing your English, please request more information about our English Language and International Programs Program.

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University of California Extension, Santa Cruz stands ready help you reach your educational, language and training goals!

University of California Extension, Santa Cruz, California
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Santa Cruz and Silicon Valley Campuses

  • A great location in Northern California
  • 90 minutes from San Francisco
  • One hour from Monterey and Carmel
  • 45 minutes from Silicon Valley
  • A welcoming community, featuring a clean, fresh, cosmopolitan downtown area
  • Small, safe and friendly university town
  • Comfortable environment for international students
  • Lively art and music scene
  • The best nature has to offer!
  • 300 days of sunshine per year
  • Mediterranean climate, with 30 miles of beaches
  • Six state parks and giant redwood forests
  • Abundant outdoor activities, including surfing, sailing, biking, hiking

We look forward to welcoming you to the University of California Extension in Santa Cruz! To learn more, review all of our programs and select the ones that interest you. Then complete the inquiry form, and we'll respond to you directly.