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At UC San Diego, we have a strong international community and many resources and support services to help you excel.












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MEXICO UC SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL CENTER • One-on-one advising: immigration, international travel, financial planning, health insurance, employment authorization, cultural, technical and personal issues • Application support: visas, maintenance of status, employment authorization, Social Security cards, California driver’s licenses, federal and state taxes

GLOBAL AMBASSADOR PROGRAM Pairs an incoming international student with a student mentor to help you acclimate and make a smooth transition into university life Includes: • Pre-arrival communication • Peer mentoring • Campus life and academic workshops • Social events and activities

Pradeep K. Khosla Chancellor, UC San Diego Our international scholars contribute valuable information and experiences to our classrooms and research. We are committed to providing our students with international opportunities to give them the knowledge, skills and sensitivities required to be global citizens in the 21st century.





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Ballet Folklorico la Joya de Mexico Brazilian Student Organization Chicanos/Latinos for Community Medicine Chinese Students and Scholars Association Circle K International Cultural Iranian Student Association Fronteras Saludables Hellenic Student Association Hermanas/Hermanos Unidos Hong Kong Student Union Ibero-American Music Student Association Indian Student Association International Club International Undergraduate Student Ministry San Diego Indonesian Association Japanese Student Association Korean Student Cultural Association Malaysians In America Muslim Student Association Project Nicaragua Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers United Taiwanese Association


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ESTIMATED EXPENSES Cost in USD for 12 months (2017-2018) Tuition & Fees Living expenses Books/expenses Total

$ 43,600 $ 20,100 $ 1,500 $65,200

Estimated expenses are subject to change.



UC San Diego does not offer financial assistance to international

You should provide complete information on the “Academic History” section of the UC Application. List the marks you received exactly as they were given by your school—do not try to convert them.

must provide documentation demonstrating adequate financial resources for

If you took an external examination in secondary school (IGCSE, A Levels, Year X/XII board exams, IB, etc.), you should list the scores received and predicted scores in the “International External Exam” section. Please do not mail your academic record unless requested.

13-YEAR EDUCATIONAL SYSTEMS You must complete all 13 years before entering the University of California. You must graduate from secondary school, earning a certificate of completion that enables you to attend a university in your country.

BRITISH SYSTEM AND SINGAPORE You must complete at least 5 IGCSE/GCSE/GCE O Levels, and at least 3 GCE A Levels to be considered for admission.

INDIA AND PAKISTAN You must complete both year X and XII state board or CBSE examinations, with average marks above 70 and no mark lower than 60.

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS Your international school must have an appropriate level of recognition in the educational system it follows. You must also be earning a certificate of completion that will allow you to enter a university in that educational system. If your school follows a U.S. curriculum, it must have appropriate accreditation and you must graduate with a high school diploma or an equivalent credential.

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE If you are completing your IB diploma or taking some IB courses, make sure to report your IB status in your application. Follow the instructions in the application for reporting IB coursework and examinations. For information on other systems, visit

APPLY ONLINE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT APPLICATION: November 30 For country-specific information, visit: Questions? Contact us: Office of Admissions • 9500 Gilman Drive MC 0021 • La Jolla CA 92093 • +1 858-534-4831 •

undergraduates. If you are admitted and plan to obtain an F-1 or J-1 visa, you the duration of your studies in the U.S. For example, students admitted for Fall 2017 will need a minimum of $65,200.

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT Competitive freshman applicants typically pursue a rigorous university-preparatory curriculum across academic disciplines and attain superior marks/grades. You must complete a program of study that will allow you to enter a university in your educational system.

ENTRANCE EXAM Freshman applicants must present entrance examination results: either the SAT, SAT with Essay, or ACT with Writing, taken by December in their final year of secondary school. Applicants may also sit for the SAT Subject Tests, but these tests are not required. The University of California considers the best scores attained at a single sitting. Sub-scores from different test dates are not combined.

ENGLISH PROFICIENCY Freshman applicants whose native language is not English—and whose secondary school is located in a country in which the dominant language is not English—must take an English language exam: either the TOEFL or the IELTS to demonstrate proficiency. Minimum TOEFL score: 83 Average TOEFL of 2016 admitted students: 104 Minimum average IELTS score on the academic modules: 7 Average IELTS of 2016 admitted students: 7.5

OTHER FACTORS Competitive freshman applicants have personal qualities that demonstrate an ability to contribute to and benefit from our stimulating, diverse campus community. These qualities may include leadership, commitment to service, motivation, tenacity, initiative, creativity, responsibility, insight and originality. Involvement in activities or endeavors outside of the classroom, and your answers to the personal insight questions are considered in the admissions review. UC SAN DIEGO GRADUATE DIVISION UC SAN DIEGO EXTENSION INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS • English Language Institute offers English language programs to students 18 and older, at all levels of proficiency • Certificate Programs designed for international professionals and students


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Campus Involvement: • Biomedical Engineering Society • NanoEngineering and Technology Society • Global Ambassadors

Campus Involvement: • Chemical Engineering • Revelle College Student Council • Campus Tours Ambassador

Campus Involvement: • Women’s Club Soccer Team • Model United Nations • Global Ambassadors Student Leader

Campus Involvement: • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) • African Students Association • Black Resource Center

Why did you choose UC San Diego? The campus has an intense commitment to academia. I felt I would be able to continue to live my life in the balance that is so important to me: education, fitness and great cuisine. The other draw was the city of San Diego. The beaches are endless!

Why did you choose UC San Diego? Coming from Puerto Rico, I didn't have any family here. I had no friends and no expectations of what UC San Diego was going to be. With the college system I found there was a really tight-knit community that I could be a part of within this large university.


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6th best Theatre & Dance program The Hollywood Reporter, 2016

Top employers of UC San Diego graduates

Why did you choose UC San Diego? Its well-established reputation and location. I was looking forward to walking to class each day with beautiful weather and coastal breezes. Also, I love how diverse the student body is. You get the multicultural interactions of traveling without having to leave campus.


highest starting salaries in the U.S.

Why do you enjoy UC San Diego? I've enjoyed having the chance to be a part of so many professional and social organizations that have helped me develop as a person. I'm involved with National Society of Black Engineers, which got me the hook up for a summer internship on Wall Street, in New York City.


of our undergrads study, research & volunteer in 56 countries.

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of UC San Diego graduates U.S. • Hong Kong • Japan • South Korea • Spain • Taiwan


of UC San Diego graduates pursue advanced degrees

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Hundreds of minors. Visit for the most complete information on all of UC San Diego’s undergraduate programs. Students admitted to UC San Diego exceed minimum UC admission requirements.

Learn from the professors who write the text books. Gain valuable skills in state-of-the-art labs and studios. Get real-world experience through internships, work study & study abroad opportunities. ANTHROPOLOGY specializations available: Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Sociocultural Anthropology BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES* Biology /Bioinformatics Ecology, Behavior and Evolution General Biology Human Biology Microbiology Molecular and Cell Biology Neurology CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY Biochemistry /Chemistry Chemistry Chemistry /Bioinformatics Chemistry / Earth Sciences Chemical Education Chemical Physics Environmental Chemistry Molecular Synthesis Pharmacological Chemistry COGNITIVE SCIENCE Specializations available: Clinical Aspects of Cognition, Computation, Design and Interaction, Language and Culture, Machine Learning and Neural Computation, Neuroscience Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience COMMUNICATION EARTH SCIENCES Specializations available: Geology, Geochemistry ECONOMICS Economics and Mathematics (joint major) Management Science ENGINEERING* BIOENGINEERING Bioengineering Bioengineering: Biotechnology Bioengineering: Bioinformatics Bioengineering: BioSystems COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING Computer Engineering Computer Science Computer Science /Bioinformatics ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING Computer Engineering Electrical Engineering Electrical Engineering and Society Engineering Physics

MECHANICAL AND AEROSPACE ENGINEERING Aerospace Engineering Environmental Engineering Mechanical Engineering

Literature /Cultural Studies Literature /Writing Literatures of the World U.S. Latino/a and Latin American Literatures

NANOENGINEERING Chemical Engineering NanoEngineering


STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING Engineering Sciences Structural Engineering ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS Earth Sciences Ecology, Behavior and Evolution Environmental Chemistry Environmental Policy ETHNIC STUDIES HEALTH Global Health Public Health HISTORY INTERDISCIPLINARY MAJORS Chinese Studies Classical Studies College-Specific Individual Studies Critical Gender Studies German Studies Human Development Italian Studies Japanese Studies Jewish Studies Latin American Studies Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies Study of Religion Third World Studies Urban Studies and Planning INTERNATIONAL STUDIES Specializations available: Anthropology, Economics, History, International Business, Linguistics, Literature, Political Science, Sociology International Studies* specializations available: Economics, Political Science LINGUISTICS Cognition and Language Language and Society Language Studies Linguistics LITERATURE Literatures in: English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish Literature /Composite


MATHEMATICS Applied Mathematics Mathematics Mathematics and Economics (joint major) Mathematics /Applied Science Mathematics /Computer Science Mathematics /Scientific Computation Mathematics /Secondary Education Probability and Statistics MUSIC Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts Music Music Humanities PHILOSOPHY PHYSICS General Physics General Physics /Secondary Education Physics Physics /Astrophysics Physics /Biophysics Physics /Computational Physics Physics /Earth Sciences Physics /Materials Physics POLITICAL SCIENCE Specializations available: American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory, Public Law, Public Policy PSYCHOLOGY Specializations available: Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Human Health, Neuroscience, Sensation and Perception, Social Psychology SOCIOLOGY Specializations available: American Studies, Culture and Communication, Economy and Society, International Studies, Law and Society, Science and Medicine, Social Inequity THEATRE & DANCE Dance Theatre VISUAL ARTS Art History /Criticism Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts Media Speculative Design Studio

UC San Diego offers many academic and pre-professional programs, mentorships, resources and support to ensure your success in graduate school and beyond! *5-year BA/MA programs available

International Flyer  

We provide a hub for international exchange and education. Tap into a vibrant global community right here on campus.

International Flyer  

We provide a hub for international exchange and education. Tap into a vibrant global community right here on campus.