University of California, San Diego (UCSD) is a public research university within the University of California system. It is consistently recognized as one of the top 15 research universities worldwide. Situated in the La Jolla Area of San Diego, it is near the Pacific Ocean, the US/Mexican border and the Pacific Rim.
5 good reasons to study at University of California, San Diego
- Study in sunny San Diego overlooking the Pacific Ocean - Did anyone say surfing?!?
- Get an international experience with more than 4,000 other international students
- Study at a big and modern campus renowned for its architecture and research facilities
- Join campus social and cultural activities, campus lectures and performances and organized activities and field trips
- Follow in the footsteps of 5 past Nobel Prize Winners
Academic reputation of University of California, San Diego
- UCSD alumni includes five Nobel Prize winners
- UCSD is ranked 44th in the QS World University Rankings
- For five consecutive years, UCSD has been ranked the number one university in the US by the Washington Monthly College Guide, which measures the positive impact and contribution to the public good.
- For more than a decade, U.S. News & World Report has included UC San Diego among the nation’s top 10 public universities.
- Earth and Marine Science ranked 13th and Life Science and Medicine Ranked 14th in the World in QS World Subject Rankings
Student accommodation in San Diego
San Diego is a beautiful place to experience as an international student, and when it comes to accomodation, you have a couple of alternatives.
On Campus Accommodation is only possible during July and August. Please contact our study advisors for more information about 10-week on-campus housing.
If you prefer off-campus housing UCSD Extension recommend the nearby apartments offered by Anatolia Housing. Many different options available through Anatolia Housing, in different price ranges. The apartments are close to campus (15 minutes by bus or bicycle). Applicants will live with other international students, and they will share their bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living area (two people to a room, four to an apartment, two bathrooms per apartment). Some private rooms are also available. Same-gender apartments only (couple accommodations available upon special request).
Some of the housing options, e.g. the luxury apartments Costa Verde (with a pool and a gym), are available for 1 month leases, meaning that students can live there while they are looking for a cheaper option. They may also be able to extend their lease for a quarter, or even a year if they want to extend their stay.
Students can also find private shared accommodation through other providers. Note: Students should never pay anything before you have seen the apartment in person. Therefore, you should arrange temporary accommodation for when you first arrive. You can consider booking a room in a hotel/hostel, or booking a place through Airbnb or similar services - either alone or with other students. Popular areas for student accommodation include: Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, University Town Center and La Jolla - a nice area, but might be best suited for mature students or students with families.
Some students might consider homestay as an alternative, i.e. to live with a local family. Please contact our study advisors for more information about this.
Campuses at University of California, San Diego
There are three campuses for international students at University of California San Diego: University City Center, La Jolla and Mission Valley. Most international students are located at the City Center Campus.
Life on campus at University of California, San Diego
The five square kilometers campus is within easy access to the beach, as well as one of the best surfing spots in California. The campus itself is well equipped, with restaurants, pubs, cafes, small supermarkets, a concert hall, and theater. There are guest lectures, concerts, plays, and other special events taking place year around.
During your time at University of California, San Diego you will make a lot of new friends from all over the world. Why not bond with them whilst kayaking?
And campus life also offers you the great opportunity to get involved with varsity sports. University of California, San Diego is home to "The Tritons", which is the name given to all sports teams at the university. The teams range from basketball and swimming to athletics and golf.
Facts about University of California, San Diego
- Two alumni from UCSD were members of the original Apple Macintosh development team
- Ranked as the top surfing school in the U.S. by Surfline.com
- Total numbers of students: over 31,000
- Number of international students: 4,000
Apply to University of California, San Diego
Study abroad students must present higher than average grades to be accepted to UC San Diego. You may also have to take an English language test (TOEFL or IELTS). It is an academically competitive university and students should expect a moderate to heavy daily workload. That being said, UCSD is a great university with an amazing location so students are in for a treat.
Admission requirements can vary depending on courses and programs so get in touch with your our study advisor for the updated requirements. They can also tell you about the scholarships UCSD offers to international students.
The application deadline to University of California, San Diego can be from three to five months before the start of the studies, depending on your choice of studies. It is always good to apply as early as possible.