Estimated Costs

Aerial view of UC Santa Cruz campus

It’s a good idea for students to plan expenses carefully for study in the U.S. and consider the following:

  • Tuition and fees

  • Living expenses

  • Visa application fee

  • Health insurance (A requirement of the UC and U.S. Government)

  • Personal spending, including travel to and around the U.S.

Exchange Students

Exchange students must apply through their home university for an official nomination to study full-time at UC Santa Cruz, for 1 to 3 quarters. Exchange students from universities that have a valid exchange agreement with UC Santa Cruz are eligible to receive a waiver of tuition and fees only. All other costs, including student service and orientation fees, health insurance, housing and meals, and living expenses are the responsibility of the student. See the table below for a summary of costs.

Visiting Students

Visiting students are responsible for tuition and fees at the published rate for each quarter of full-time study as well as all other costs associated with study. See the table below for a summary of costs.

Estimated cost for exchange and visiting students per quarter

 * Based on 2021-22 rates, subject to change.  

** Based on average costs. Individual costs may vary.

Category Estimated Quarterly Costs
Tuition and Fees * $14,593 (Visiting students only)
International Student Services Fee (one-time) * $50 (1 quarter) / $100 (2 or more quarters)
International Orientation Fee (one-time) * $100
On-Campus Housing (inclusive of 7-day meal plan)
Off-Campus Housing (room only, no meal plan) ** $3,800 (1 room in shared home) ~ $7,000 (1 BR apartment). Additional estimates on
Health Insurance (UC SHIP) * $1,012  ($1,646 for graduate students)
Books and Supplies ** $393
Transportation ** $266
Personal Expenses ** $512
Total (on-campus) $8,154 (exchange) ~ $22,747 (visiting) **