International Summer Academy Introduces Students to University Life

eSlug Newsletter Summer 2015

UCSC students running into water!

Now in its second year, International Summer Academy at UC Santa Cruz is an opportunity for international frosh to start their first fall quarter early, get an introduction to university life, take three specially-designed courses, and make new friends.

While taking their courses, students get a chance to explore the campus and its resources, learn UC academic culture, work individually with faculty, and get acclimated to the U.S. Students enjoy living in the newly-renovated residence halls at Merrill College, with access to on-campus dining, campus facilities like the fitness center, weight room, tennis courts, swimming pool, libraries, and computer labs.

Courses (7 weeks, 12 units of credit toward student degrees)

1. Writing - 5 units

Students are placed in one of four writing classes to prepare them for the Entry-Level Writing Requirement.

2. STEV 26 – Navigating the Research University – 2 units

Navigating the Research University explores critical engagement in education in the context of a research university.

3. ACEN 110A – Advanced Academic English – 5 units

Students develop an academic vocabulary and successful reading strategies in English in order to understand high-level academic texts.

Transportation and Activities

UCSC provided a shuttle from San Francisco International Airport to Santa Cruz on Sunday, July 26. In addition, Peer Mentors on campus are providing numerous fun activities and excursions, such as beach visits, shopping trips, visits to downtown Santa Cruz, trips to San Francisco and Berkeley, and more.

Important Dates for International Summer Academy

Duration: July 27-September 11 (7 weeks)

Move in: Sunday, July 26

Welcome events, Visa check-in meetings, and orientation: July 26-28

Grades due: September 18

More Information, including details about deadlines and costs, and student feedback:

International Summer Academy Web Site

2014 Photo Gallery

Summer Session:, (831) 459-5373