University of California San Diego

SAN DIEGO, US

Brief information

According to AbbreviationFinder, the University of California San Diego is part of the prestigious University of California System. Research has played a prominent role at the university since it was founded in 1960. Today, UCSD is one of the most important research universities in the USA, enjoys worldwide recognition and is currently home to a number of Nobel Prize winners as well as numerous researchers and professors who have received other awards.

From an academic point of view, the university is based on renowned universities in Great Britain, namely Oxford and Cambridge. This becomes clear from the structure alone, because the university consists of six autonomous colleges, each with its own dormitories, etc., as is also common in England.

In internationally significant rankings such as the Times Higher Education World University Ranking, UCSD always makes it into the top 50 worldwide. The Shanghai Jiao Tong University 2021 Academic Rankings of World Universities even ranked her 18th of all universities worldwide, and was named the top public university in the country in the 2020 Washington Monthly College Rankings and Guide.

There is an International Center on campus, which takes care of all the needs of international students, such as language training or help with required documents. Although you live in a quiet environment where you can optimally concentrate on your studies, the amenities of the big city of San Diego are within easy reach.

  • Website der University of California San Diego

University facts

Year of foundation: 1960

Type of university: State university

Number of students: Total 29100, 22700 undergraduate, 6400 postgraduate

Accreditations:

  • AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)
  • WSCUC (WASC Senior Association of Schools and Colleges)

Academic year:

The academic year at the University of California San Diego is divided into three quarters. Summer sessions are also offered in summer.

Study programs

  • postgraduate studies
  • semester abroad
  • language courses

The semester program of the University of California San Diego, University & Professional Studies as part of the University Credit Programs, allows its participants free choice of courses across trimesters and departments from all university courses offered at UC San Diego for a period of one to three trimesters (quarters). Bachelor’s and Master’s courses.

This excludes master’s courses from the Rady School of Management, as these courses can only be taken by students enrolled at UCSD for the MBA. Business administration Master students can take Graduate International Business courses from the School of Global Policy and Strategy. As the final authority, the professors on site decide on admission to the individual courses based on the available places and the individual previous knowledge of the applicants.

UCSD offers a wide range of courses. The courses in many disciplines such as International Relations Studies, International Public Policy Studies, Oceanography, Neurosciences and Science in general are among the best in the USA.

The University and Professional Studies Program (UPS) is offered at three different language levels: 80 iBT, 85 iBT and 90 iBT.

The programs are organized and administered by the UC San Diego Extension, UC San Diego’s Division of Social Sciences and the Division of Arts and Humanities. Program participants receive advice and support in all academic areas.

  • Semesterprogramm der University of California San Diego

Fees

  • Fall Quarter 2022

Tuition

7800,00 USD

Mandatory Health Insurance

585,00 USD

International Student Services Fee

380,00 USD

Application Fee

200,00 USD

The tuition for the semester program includes enrollment in 12 units, which usually corresponds to three to four courses. The above fees also include, but are not limited to, use of the Computer Labs, Housing Assistance, Campus Student Health Services, and other services. They do not include optional Student Recreation and Library Use fees or other Course Lab fees. Also not included are additional Premium Tuition Fees for certain technical courses and graduate level courses or for booking more than 12 units.

  • Tuition fees at the University of California San Diego

Financing options

Students who are toying with the idea of ​​applying for foreign BAföG should make sure that they have to study at least two trimesters at UCSD. Eligible students receive a lump sum for health insurance, travel and living expenses, and a subsidy towards tuition fees of up to EUR 4,600.

Requirements

Applicants for the UCSD semester program must have a high school diploma and a working knowledge of English.

This is done using a standardized language test such as the TOEFL, the IELTS or the Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE). Alternatively, a DAAD test or proof from your home university of C1 level in the European Framework of Reference for Foreign Languages ​​can also be accepted.

The same requirements apply to applicants for an International Academic Year Program. These programs are ideally suited for students who have already gained two years of university experience.

The language skills can be proven by one of the following test results or documents:

Undergraduate Postgraduate
CEFR C1 level C1 level
DAAD language test C1 level in all areas C1 level in all areas
Duolingo 125 125
IELTS 7.5 7.5
TOEFL (internet-based) 90 90

The language certificate cannot be submitted later.

  • University of California San Diego Application Requirements

Degrees/Courses

Degrees/Courses in English – Undergraduate

  • Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology – Archaeology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology – Biological Anthropology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology – Sociocultural Anthropology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Applied Science
  • Bachelor of Arts in Art History / Criticism
  • Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Science
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication
  • Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Arts in Critical Gender Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Dance
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Electrical Engineering and Society
  • Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Systems – Environmental Policy
  • Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in French, German, Italian, Russian, or Spanish Literature
  • Bachelor of Arts in General Physics
  • Bachelor of Arts in General Physics – Secondary Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in German Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in History
  • Bachelor of Arts in Human Development
  • Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Computing in the Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Studies – Anthropology
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Studies – Economics
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Studies – History
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Studies – Linguistics
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Studies – Literature
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Studies – Political Science
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Studies – Sociology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Italian Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Judaic Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics – Cognition and Language
  • Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics – Language and Society
  • Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics – Language Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Literature / Cultural Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Literature / Writing
  • Bachelor of Arts in Literatures in English
  • Bachelor of Arts in Literatures of the World
  • Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics – Secondary Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in Media
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music / Humanities
  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science – American Politics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science – Comparative Politics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science – International Relations
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science – Political Theory
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science – Public Law
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science – Public Policy
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Religion
  • Bachelor of Arts in Science
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology – American Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology – Culture and Communication
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology – Economy and Society
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology – International Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology – Law and Society
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology – Science and Medicine
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology – Social Inequity
  • Bachelor of Arts in Studio
  • Bachelor of Arts in Theatre
  • Bachelor of Arts in Third World Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and Planning
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Bioengineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry / Chemistry
  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Cell Biology
  • Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering – Bioinformatics
  • Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering – BioSystems
  • Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering – Biotechnology
  • Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology – Bioinformatics
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Physics
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
  • Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Science – Clinical Aspects of Cognition
  • Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Science – Computation
  • Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Science – Human Cognition
  • Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Science – Human Computer Interaction
  • Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Science – Neuroscience
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science – Bioinformatics
  • Bachelor of Science in Earth Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution
  • Bachelor of Science in Economics and Mathematics – Joint Major
  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics
  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Chemistry
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Systems – Earth Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Systems – Ecology, Behavior, & Evolution
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Systems – Environmental Chemistry
  • Bachelor of Science in General Biology
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Biology
  • Bachelor of Science in Management Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics – Applied
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics – Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics – Scientific Computation
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Economics – Joint Major
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Microbiology
  • Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology
  • Bachelor of Science in Molecular Synthesis
  • Bachelor of Science in NanoEnginnering
  • Bachelor of Science in Pharmacological Chemistry
  • Bachelor of Science in Physics
  • Bachelor of Science in Physics – Astrophysics
  • Bachelor of Science in Physics – Biophysics
  • Bachelor of Science in Physics – Computational Physics
  • Bachelor of Science in Physics – Earth Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Physics – Materials Physics
  • Bachelor of Science in Physiology and Neuroscience
  • Bachelor of Science in Probability and Statistics
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Health
  • Bachelor of Science in Structural Engineering
  • Minor in Accounting
  • Minor in African American Studies
  • Minor in African Studies
  • Minor in Anthropology – Archaeology
  • Minor in Anthropology – Biological
  • Minor in Anthropology – Sociocultural
  • Minor in Applied Physics
  • Minor in Business
  • Minor in California Cultures
  • Minor in Chemistry
  • Minor in Chicana / Chicano and Latina / Latino Arts and Humanities
  • Minor in Chinese Studies
  • Minor in Classical Studies
  • Minor in Cognitive Science
  • Minor in Communication
  • Minor in Computer Engineering
  • Minor in Computer Science
  • Minor in Critical Gender Studies
  • Minor in Dance – Theatre
  • Minor in Earth Sciences
  • Minor in Economics
  • Minor in Education Studies
  • Minor in Eleanor Roosevelt College Individual Minor
  • Minor in Electrical Engineering
  • Minor in Engineering Mechanics
  • Minor in Environmental Studies
  • Minor in Environmental Systems
  • Minor in Ethnic Studies
  • Minor in European Studies
  • Minor in Film Studies
  • Minor in General Biology
  • Minor in German Studies
  • Minor in Global Health
  • Minor in Health Care-Social Issues
  • Minor in Hebrew Language and Literature
  • Minor in History
  • Minor in Human Development
  • Minor in Human Rights
  • Minor in Humanities
  • Minor in International Migration Studies
  • Minor in International Studies
  • Minor in Italian Studies
  • Minor in Japanese Studies
  • Minor in Judaic Studies
  • Minor in Language Studies
  • Minor in Latin American Studies
  • Minor in Law and Society
  • Minor in Linguistics
  • Minor in Literature – French
  • Minor in Literature – German
  • Minor in Literature – Greek
  • Minor in Literature – Hebrew
  • Minor in Literature – Italian
  • Minor in Literature – Latin
  • Minor in Literature – Russian
  • Minor in Literature – Spanish
  • Minor in Literature – Writing
  • Minor in Literatures in English
  • Minor in Literatures of the World
  • Minor in Management Science
  • Minor in Marine Sciences
  • Minor in Mathematics
  • Minor in Mathematics Education
  • Minor in Middle East Studies
  • Minor in Music
  • Minor in Music Computing & the Arts
  • Minor in Philosophy
  • Minor in Physics
  • Minor in Political Science
  • Minor in Psychology
  • Minor in Public Service
  • Minor in Religion
  • Minor in Revelle College Special Project Minor
  • Minor in Russian and Soviet Studies
  • Minor in Science and Society
  • Minor in Science Education
  • Minor in Science, Technology and Society
  • Minor in Sociology
  • Minor in Theatre
  • Minor in Third World Studies
  • Minor in Thurgood Marshall College Individual Minor
  • Minor in Urban Studies and Planning
  • Minor in Visual Arts – Art History / Criticism
  • Minor in Visual Arts – Computing
  • Minor in Visual Arts – Computing & the Arts
  • Minor in Visual Arts – Digital Video and Film Production
  • Minor in Visual Arts – History and Criticism / Film and Video
  • Minor in Visual Arts – Photography
  • Minor in Visual Arts – Studio
  • Minor in World Music

Studies/Courses in English – Postgraduate

  • Master of Applied Science in Clinical Research
  • Master of Applied Science in Health Law
  • Master of Applied Science in Leadership of Health Care Organizations
  • Master of Applied Science in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation
  • Master of Arts in Applied Mathematics
  • Master of Arts in Comparative Literature
  • Master of Arts in French Literature
  • Master of Arts in German Literature
  • Master of Arts in History
  • Master of Arts in Judaic Studies
  • Master of Arts in Latin American Studies
  • Master of Arts in Literatures in English
  • Master of Arts in Mathematics
  • Master of Arts in Music
  • Master of Arts in Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Spanish Literature
  • Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning – Bilingual Education
  • Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning – Curriculum Design
  • Master of Education in Education
  • Master of Engineering
  • Master of Fine Arts in Theatre
  • Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts
  • Master of International Affairs
  • Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering
  • Master of Science in Applied Mechanics
  • Master of Science in Applied Ocean Science
  • Master of Science in Applied Physics
  • Master of Science in Bioengineering
  • Master of Science in Biology
  • Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
  • Master of Science in Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Master of Science in Communication Theory and Systems
  • Master of Science in Computer Engineering
  • Master of Science in Computer Science
  • Master of Science in Earth Sciences
  • Master of Science in Electronic Circuits and Systems
  • Master of Science in Engineering Physics
  • Master of Science in Intelligence Systems, Robotics and Control
  • Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering
  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
  • Master of Science in Photonics
  • Master of Science in Physics
  • Master of Science in Signal and Image Processing
  • Master of Science in Statistics
  • Master of Science in Structural Engineering

Campus

The University of California San Diego is located in La Jolla, a very popular area of ​​San Diego a few miles north of downtown. The large campus is located directly on the shore of the Pacific Ocean in a wooded area with many mature eucalyptus and oak trees and overlooks the sea.

It is decentralized and, in addition to the lecture buildings, research institutes and service facilities shared by all students, also includes six colleges with different thematic orientations.

A landmark of the site is the architecturally impressive and futuristic Geisel Library in the middle of the campus, which also appears in the university’s logo.

In addition to all kinds of student organizations, UCSD students will find numerous restaurants, recreational facilities, and sports facilities on their campus. The Mission Bay Aquatic Center, run jointly by UCSD and San Diego State University, offers classes in water sports such as surfing, sailing, water skiing, rowing, wakeboarding and kiteboarding.

  • Virtuelle Campustour der University of California San Diego

Housing

International students have a variety of options for housing during their stay at the University of California San Diego.

The following accommodation options are available:

  • student residence
  • Apartments on campus
  • Private Apartments / Hotels

The college town of San Diego

San Diego is the second largest city in the state of California and the seventh largest in the United States.

It is often referred to as “America’s finest city” because of its pleasant climate, as the average annual temperature is 21 °C and there is little rainfall.

Los Angeles is only a two and a half hour drive away and Tijuana in Mexico is only half an hour away. To the west lies the Pacific Ocean with its beaches, and the area is particularly popular with surfers. To the east, snow-capped mountains form a natural border. Despite the great ethnic and cultural diversity among the approximately 1.25 million inhabitants, the city is considered one of the safest places in the USA and is known for its openness and hospitality.

It never gets boring there, as the range of leisure activities is huge: you can visit Balboa Park, for example, because there are many museums there such as the Museum of Art or the Aerospace Museum. If you don’t want to be culturally active in your free time, you have the opportunity to visit the world-famous San Diego Zoo, Sea World or Legoland California.

Of course, this is only a small sample of the wide range that San Diego has to offer. In the evenings, the Gaslamp District or one of the many beach bars are popular with students in order to end the day in a relaxed atmosphere before hitting the nightlife.

University of California San Diego