University of California San Diego Extension International Programs

The University of California San Diego is ranked 15th internationally in the 2017 academic rankings of world universities conducted by Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China and 1st for positive impact on USA. The University of California, San Diego Extension International Programs (IP) is a department of UC San Diego, which provides international students and professionals an opportunity to advance career and academic objectives. UC San Diego Extension IP offers short-term and intensive English language programs, university credit programs (short-term study abroad), customized programs, and professional certificates to help students and professionals achieve their academic and career goals. Extension International Programs presents a great environment to learn, network, and have access to UC San Diego’s many world-renown resources.

ESL program and/or support services

UC San Diego Extension International Programs’ English Language Institute (ELI) is CEA accredited and offers short-term and intensive English language programs for all levels of English language proficiency. Testing at the beginning of the each program will determine students’ placement. There are 12 levels of English language instruction, and there 2-, 4-, and 8-week program offerings may include the following topics:

• Academic English through Service Learning

• Academic English

• Business English

• Conversation and Fluency

• Communication and Culture

• English for Engineering and Technology

• English for Pharmaceutical Studies

• ESL Youth Programs

• IELTS and TOEFL Preparation

• Legal English for Business

• Medical English

• University Preparation Academy

For more information, please go to: English language Institute  

Student Housing options

We offer near campus, homestay, dormitory (depending on the time of year), and hotel options. For more information, please go to: Housing Page

International Student visas issued?



Cost of attendance and financial assistance

Tuition and other fees vary from program to program. For more information about program costs, please go to: Dates and Fees

Internship opportunities

Internships are included with the Business Essentials and the Business Management professional certificate programs. Students who complete 9 months of consecutive study in a non-language program are also eligible to apply to Optional Practical Training (OPT). For more information please go to: Internships   

Student activities and campus life

Our Activities Manager organizes opportunities for you to meet American students, experience nearby attractions, and have fun. Here are some of the activities she arranges:

• Day at the Bay Barbecue & Water Sports

• Disneyland

• San Diego Zoo

• SeaWorld San Diego

• Universal Studios

• Whale Watching

• Conversation Cafés

• San Diego Padres Baseball Games

• Paintball

• Surf Day

Some activities, such as the Day at the Bay and the Conversation Cafés, are free of charge. Others require payment to cover transportation and admission tickets.