Summer Session

Admission and Registration for Summer Session

New international students interested in applying for the Summer Session at UC Merced must first apply on the Summer Session website as a non-UC student unless you are currently a student at UC Merced or a student at any other UC campus. A student outside of the U.S. will need to obtain a visa. The visa process can take several weeks so early admission and prompt visa appointments at the U.S. embassy or consulate will be required. Following admission for Summer Session, international students must request a Form I-20 from the International Students and Scholar's Office by completing the Request for Form I-20. You must also show sufficient financial support. Please review further information listed below.

Current F-1 visa students in the U.S. do not need to obtain an additional or separate F-1 visa to register for UC Merced's Summer Session if they are in valid F-1 visa status and intend on continuing their studies in the fall semester at the school listed on their Form I-20. The student will need to obtain permission to attend UC Merced's Summer Session from their current school.

International students must show sufficient proof of funding to cover the estimated expenses listed below along with your International Student Supplemental Form. 

Undergraduate Estimated Costs for Summer Sessions
  Six-Week Session Eight-Week Session
Estimated Tuition and Fees $ 2,728 $ 2,728
Estimated Living Expenses $ 1,775 $ 2,300
Health insurance, Books & Supplies $    350 $    400
TOTAL $ 4,853 $ 5,428

 

Graduate Estimated Costs for Summer Sessions
  Six-Week Session Eight-Week Session
Estimated Tuition and Fees $ 3,196 $ 3,196
Estimated Living Expenses $ 1,775 $ 2,300
Health insurance, Books & Supplies $    350 $    400
TOTAL $ 5,321 $ 5,896

International Student Visa Fee is $100 for F-1 visas sponosered by UC Merced. Checks made payable to "UC Regents" must be submitted to the International Center in the Kolligian Library, Room 101.

F-1 Visa Application 

Once a completed Summer Session application and the International Student Supplemental Form is submitted to the International Student and Scholar Services, the student will be issued a Form I-20 by UC Merced. Students must use this form to apply for an F-1 student visa at their local U.S. embassy or consulate. To apply for the F-1 visa, international students must first pay the SEVIS fee. Read all requirements and pay at www.fmjfee.com at least three days before a visa interview.

Students from Canada must pay the SEVIS fee and have it recorded before arriving at a U.S. Port of Entry and carry a paper copy of the receipt. Canadian students must keep their Form I-20 with them when they enter the U.S. and keep it throughout their stay at UC Merced.

English Proficiency

UC Merced requires one of the following proficiency exams from all international freshman applicants whose native language is not English:

When you take the language proficiency test, please arrange to have a hard copy report forwarded by the testing agency to the International Center, University of California, Merced,  5200 N. Lake Road, Merced, CA 95343.

Full-time Status

International students holding F-1 visas must be enrolled in a minimum six units per six-week or eight-week session.

Payment

See Session Summer Session Costs and Fees for payment dates and deadlines.

Deadlines to Apply

Be sure to review the web page for summer session deadlines by clicking here.