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About UCSD

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) — public non-profit university. It is located in California, United States. As a member of University of California System, Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), Association of American Universities (AAU), Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU). Sport affiliations and memberships: National Collegiate Athletic Associa, UCSD is actively working on developing the academic environment.

The university was highly rated by the QS International Ranking of the best universities, and is in 62 place in the world. UCSD is one of the most prestigious higher education institutions in the USA. Thousands of students dream of studying here.

At UCSD, you can get a bachelor, master and doctorate degree in different fields of study.

Location
California, United States
Establishment year
1960
Students
39,811
International students
9,157
Acceptance rate
46%

Place in ratings

Rating QS
2024#62
Rating in the USA
2021#27
By subject
SubjectPlace in QS 2023
Life Sciences & Medicine15
Anatomy & Physiology30
Natural Sciences33
Engineering & Technology45
Social Sciences & Management86
Arts & Humanities93
Accounting & Finance101-150
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UCSD tuition fees

The academic calendar at UCSD is divided into quarters. For convenience, tuition fees are calculated per year. The cost of study at UCSD is the same for locals and foreigners — from 8,998 USD per year. Thanks to financial support programs, students have the opportunity to fully or partially cover the cost of education. Check the university website for up-to-date information on tuition fees and available scholarships.

Also, consider other expenses: accommodation, transportation, study materials, meals, and personal expenses.

Academic calendar
Quarters
Financial Aid
Yes
Bachelor
Local13,748USD/year
Foreign44,475USD/year
Master
8,998USD/year
Doctorate
Local17,579USD/year
Foreign32,678USD/year

Study programs at UCSD

Medicine
Global Health
Study degree
BA
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
IELTS, TOEFL
Study field
Medicine
Exam scores
IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL PBT — 550, TOEFL iBT — 83
Human Biology
Study degree
BSc
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
IELTS, TOEFL
Study field
Medicine
Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Exam scores
IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL PBT — 550, TOEFL iBT — 83
Pharmacological Chemistry
Study degree
BSc
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
CAE, IELTS, TOEFL
Study field
Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Medicine
Exam scores
CAE — 200, IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL PBT — 550, TOEFL iBT — 83
Agriculture & Forestry
Marine Biology
Study degree
BSc
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
IELTS, TOEFL
Study field
Agriculture & Forestry
Exam scores
IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL PBT — 550, TOEFL iBT — 83
Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences
Study degree
BSc
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
IELTS, TOEFL
Study field
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences
Agriculture & Forestry
Exam scores
IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL PBT — 550, TOEFL iBT — 83
Education & Training
Education Sciences
Study degree
BSc
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
IELTS, TOEFL
Study field
Education & Training
Exam scores
IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL PBT — 550, TOEFL iBT — 83
Applied Sciences & Professions
Electrical Engineering And Society
Study degree
BSc
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
TOEFL
Study field
Engineering & Technology
Applied Sciences & Professions
Exam scores
TOEFL iBT — 83
Sociology
Study degree
BSc
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
TOEFL
Study field
Applied Sciences & Professions
Social Sciences & Management
Exam scores
TOEFL iBT — 83
Journalism & Media
Dance
Study degree
BA
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
IELTS, TOEFL
Study field
Journalism & Media
Arts & Humanities
Exam scores
IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL PBT — 550, TOEFL iBT — 83
Studio
Study degree
BA
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
IELTS, TOEFL
Study field
Arts & Humanities
Journalism & Media
Exam scores
IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL PBT — 550, TOEFL iBT — 83
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences
Ecology, Behavior and Evolution
Study degree
BSc
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
IELTS, TOEFL
Study field
Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences
Exam scores
IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL PBT — 550, TOEFL iBT — 83
Environmental Chemistry
Study degree
BSc
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
IELTS, TOEFL
Study field
Engineering & Technology
Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences
Exam scores
IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL PBT — 550, TOEFL iBT — 83
Environmental Engineering
Study degree
BSc
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
CAE, IELTS, TOEFL
Study field
Engineering & Technology
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences
Exam scores
CAE — 200, IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL PBT — 550, TOEFL iBT — 83
Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences
Study degree
BSc
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
IELTS, TOEFL
Study field
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences
Agriculture & Forestry
Exam scores
IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL PBT — 550, TOEFL iBT — 83
Economics & Business Management
Business Economics
Study degree
BSc
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
IELTS, TOEFL
Study field
Social Sciences & Management
Economics & Business Management
Computer Science & IT
Exam scores
IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL PBT — 550, TOEFL iBT — 83
Communication
Study degree
BA
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
CAE, IELTS, TOEFL
Study field
Economics & Business Management
Exam scores
CAE — 200, IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL PBT — 550, TOEFL iBT — 83
Computer Science & IT
Business Economics
Study degree
BSc
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
IELTS, TOEFL
Study field
Social Sciences & Management
Economics & Business Management
Computer Science & IT
Exam scores
IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL PBT — 550, TOEFL iBT — 83
Computer Engineering
Study degree
BSc
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
CAE, IELTS, TOEFL
Study field
Computer Science & IT
Exam scores
CAE — 200, IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL PBT — 550, TOEFL iBT — 83
Computer Science
Study degree
BA
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
CAE, IELTS, TOEFL
Study field
Computer Science & IT
Exam scores
CAE — 200, IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL PBT — 550, TOEFL iBT — 83
Engineering & Technology
Bioengineering
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
TOEFL
Study field
Engineering & Technology
Exam scores
TOEFL iBT — 83
Chemical Engineering
Study degree
BSc
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
TOEFL
Study field
Engineering & Technology
Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Exam scores
TOEFL iBT — 83
Electrical Engineering
Study degree
BSc
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
TOEFL
Study field
Engineering & Technology
Exam scores
TOEFL iBT — 83
Electrical Engineering And Society
Study degree
BSc
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
TOEFL
Study field
Engineering & Technology
Applied Sciences & Professions
Exam scores
TOEFL iBT — 83
Environmental Chemistry
Study degree
BSc
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
IELTS, TOEFL
Study field
Engineering & Technology
Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences
Exam scores
IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL PBT — 550, TOEFL iBT — 83
Show all
Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Biochemistry
Study degree
BSc
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
CAE, IELTS, TOEFL
Study field
Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Exam scores
CAE — 200, IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL PBT — 550, TOEFL iBT — 83
Chemical Engineering
Study degree
BSc
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
TOEFL
Study field
Engineering & Technology
Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Exam scores
TOEFL iBT — 83
Chemistry
Study degree
BSc
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
IELTS, TOEFL
Study field
Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Exam scores
IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL PBT — 550, TOEFL iBT — 83
Ecology, Behavior and Evolution
Study degree
BSc
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
IELTS, TOEFL
Study field
Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences
Exam scores
IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL PBT — 550, TOEFL iBT — 83
Environmental Chemistry
Study degree
BSc
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
IELTS, TOEFL
Study field
Engineering & Technology
Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences
Exam scores
IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL PBT — 550, TOEFL iBT — 83
Show all
Arts & Humanities
Art History, Theory, Criticism
Study degree
BA
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
IELTS, TOEFL
Study field
Arts & Humanities
Exam scores
IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL PBT — 550, TOEFL iBT — 83
Dance
Study degree
BA
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
IELTS, TOEFL
Study field
Journalism & Media
Arts & Humanities
Exam scores
IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL PBT — 550, TOEFL iBT — 83
Music
Study degree
BA
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
IELTS, TOEFL
Study field
Arts & Humanities
Exam scores
IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL PBT — 550, TOEFL iBT — 83
Music Humanities
Study degree
BA
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
IELTS, TOEFL
Study field
Arts & Humanities
Exam scores
IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL PBT — 550, TOEFL iBT — 83
Studio
Study degree
BA
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
IELTS, TOEFL
Study field
Arts & Humanities
Journalism & Media
Exam scores
IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL PBT — 550, TOEFL iBT — 83
Show all
Humanities
Anthropology
Study degree
BA
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
GPA, IELTS, TOEFL
Study field
Social Sciences & Management
Humanities
Exam scores
GPA — 3.0, IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL PBT — 550, TOEFL iBT — 83
Chinese Studies
Study degree
BA
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
IELTS, TOEFL
Study field
Humanities
Exam scores
IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL PBT — 550, TOEFL iBT — 83
Classical Studies
Study degree
BA
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
CAE, IELTS, TOEFL
Study field
Humanities
Exam scores
CAE — 200, IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL PBT — 550, TOEFL iBT — 83
Critical Gender Studies
Study degree
BA
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
CAE, IELTS, TOEFL
Study field
Social Sciences & Management
Humanities
Exam scores
CAE — 200, IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL PBT — 550, TOEFL iBT — 83
History
Study degree
BA
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
CAE, IELTS, TOEFL
Study field
Humanities
Exam scores
CAE — 200, IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL PBT — 550, TOEFL iBT — 83
Show all
Social Sciences & Management
Anthropology
Study degree
BA
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
GPA, IELTS, TOEFL
Study field
Social Sciences & Management
Humanities
Exam scores
GPA — 3.0, IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL PBT — 550, TOEFL iBT — 83
Business Economics
Study degree
BSc
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
IELTS, TOEFL
Study field
Social Sciences & Management
Economics & Business Management
Computer Science & IT
Exam scores
IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL PBT — 550, TOEFL iBT — 83
Cognitive Science
Study degree
BSc
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
IELTS, TOEFL
Study field
Social Sciences & Management
Exam scores
IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL PBT — 550, TOEFL iBT — 83
Critical Gender Studies
Study degree
BA
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
CAE, IELTS, TOEFL
Study field
Social Sciences & Management
Humanities
Exam scores
CAE — 200, IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL PBT — 550, TOEFL iBT — 83
Ethnic Studies
Study degree
BA
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
IELTS, TOEFL
Study field
Social Sciences & Management
Exam scores
IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL PBT — 550, TOEFL iBT — 83
Show all
Other
Computer Science and Engineering
Study degree
BSc
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
CAE, IELTS, TOEFL
Exam scores
CAE — 200, IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL PBT — 550, TOEFL iBT — 83
Data Science
Study degree
BSc
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
IELTS, TOEFL
Exam scores
IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL PBT — 550, TOEFL iBT — 83
Media
Study degree
BA
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
IELTS, TOEFL
Exam scores
IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL PBT — 550, TOEFL iBT — 83
Molecular Synthesis
Study degree
BSc
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
IELTS, TOEFL
Exam scores
IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL PBT — 550, TOEFL iBT — 83
Other programs
Journalism & Media
Stage Management
Study degree
MFA
Study form
Full-time
Duration
36 months
Exams
GPA, IELTS, TOEFL
Study field
Economics & Business Management
Journalism & Media
Exam scores
GPA — 3.0, IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL iBT — 85
Agriculture & Forestry
Marine Biodiversity and Conservation
Study degree
MSc
Study form
Full-time
Duration
12 months
Exams
GPA, IELTS, PTE, TOEFL
Study field
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences
Agriculture & Forestry
Exam scores
GPA — 3.0, IELTS — 7.0, PTE — 65, TOEFL PBT — 550, TOEFL iBT — 85
Engineering & Technology
NanoEngineering
Study degree
MSc
Study form
Full-time
Duration
12 months
Exams
GPA, IELTS, PTE, TOEFL
Study field
Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Engineering & Technology
Exam scores
GPA — 3.0, IELTS — 7.0, PTE — 65, TOEFL iBT — 85
Arts & Humanities
Design
Study degree
MFA
Study form
Full-time
Duration
36 months
Exams
GPA, IELTS, TOEFL
Study field
Arts & Humanities
Exam scores
GPA — 3.0, IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL iBT — 84
Law
International Affairs
Study form
Full-time
Duration
24 months
Exams
GPA, CAE, IELTS, PTE, TOEFL
Study field
Social Sciences & Management
Law
Exam scores
GPA — 3.0, CAE — 200, IELTS — 7.0, PTE — 65, TOEFL PBT — 550, TOEFL iBT — 90
Paralegal Certificate
Study degree
Postgraduate Certificate
Study form
Full-time
Duration
3 months
Exams
IELTS, PTE, TOEFL
Study field
Law
Exam scores
IELTS — 6.5, PTE — 65, TOEFL iBT — 80
Medicine
Clinical Research
Study form
Full-time
Duration
18 months
Exams
GPA, CAE, IELTS, PTE, TOEFL
Study field
Medicine
Computer Science & IT
Exam scores
GPA — 3.0, CAE — 200, IELTS — 7.0, PTE — 65, TOEFL iBT — 85
Global Health
Study degree
MA
Study form
Full-time
Duration
12 months
Exams
GPA, IELTS, TOEFL
Study field
Medicine
Exam scores
GPA — 3.0, IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL iBT — 85
Computer Science & IT
Clinical Research
Study form
Full-time
Duration
18 months
Exams
GPA, CAE, IELTS, PTE, TOEFL
Study field
Medicine
Computer Science & IT
Exam scores
GPA — 3.0, CAE — 200, IELTS — 7.0, PTE — 65, TOEFL iBT — 85
Social Sciences & Management
Climate Science and Policy
Study form
Full-time
Duration
11 months
Exams
GPA, IELTS, TOEFL
Study field
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences
Social Sciences & Management
Exam scores
GPA — 3.0, IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL PBT — 550, TOEFL iBT — 85
International Affairs
Study form
Full-time
Duration
24 months
Exams
GPA, CAE, IELTS, PTE, TOEFL
Study field
Social Sciences & Management
Law
Exam scores
GPA — 3.0, CAE — 200, IELTS — 7.0, PTE — 65, TOEFL PBT — 550, TOEFL iBT — 90
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences
Climate Science and Policy
Study form
Full-time
Duration
11 months
Exams
GPA, IELTS, TOEFL
Study field
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences
Social Sciences & Management
Exam scores
GPA — 3.0, IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL PBT — 550, TOEFL iBT — 85
Marine Biodiversity and Conservation
Study degree
MSc
Study form
Full-time
Duration
12 months
Exams
GPA, IELTS, PTE, TOEFL
Study field
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences
Agriculture & Forestry
Exam scores
GPA — 3.0, IELTS — 7.0, PTE — 65, TOEFL PBT — 550, TOEFL iBT — 85
Humanities
Classical Studies
Study degree
MA
Study form
Full-time
Duration
24 months
Exams
GPA, CAE, IELTS, PTE, TOEFL
Study field
Humanities
Exam scores
GPA — 3.0, CAE — 200, IELTS — 7.0, PTE — 65, TOEFL iBT — 85
History
Study degree
MA
Study form
Full-time
Duration
12 months
Exams
GPA, CAE, IELTS, PTE, TOEFL
Study field
Humanities
Exam scores
GPA — 3.0, CAE — 200, IELTS — 7.0, PTE — 65, TOEFL iBT — 85
Writing
Study degree
MFA
Study form
Full-time
Duration
24 months
Exams
GPA, CAE, IELTS, PTE, TOEFL
Study field
Humanities
Exam scores
GPA — 3.0, CAE — 200, IELTS — 7.0, PTE — 65, TOEFL iBT — 83
Economics & Business Management
Applied Mathematics
Study degree
MA
Study form
Full-time
Duration
12 months
Exams
GPA, IELTS, PTE, TOEFL
Study field
Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Economics & Business Management
Exam scores
GPA — 3.0, IELTS — 7.0, PTE — 65, TOEFL iBT — 85
Full-Time MBA
Study degree
MBA
Study form
Full-time
Duration
12 months
Exams
IELTS, PTE, TOEFL
Study field
Economics & Business Management
Exam scores
IELTS — 7.0, PTE — 65, TOEFL iBT — 85
Stage Management
Study degree
MFA
Study form
Full-time
Duration
36 months
Exams
GPA, IELTS, TOEFL
Study field
Economics & Business Management
Journalism & Media
Exam scores
GPA — 3.0, IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL iBT — 85
Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Applied Mathematics
Study degree
MA
Study form
Full-time
Duration
12 months
Exams
GPA, IELTS, PTE, TOEFL
Study field
Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Economics & Business Management
Exam scores
GPA — 3.0, IELTS — 7.0, PTE — 65, TOEFL iBT — 85
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Study degree
MSc
Study form
Full-time, part-time
Duration
12 months
Exams
GPA, IELTS, TOEFL
Study field
Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Exam scores
GPA — 3.0, IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL PBT — 550, TOEFL iBT — 85
NanoEngineering
Study degree
MSc
Study form
Full-time
Duration
12 months
Exams
GPA, IELTS, PTE, TOEFL
Study field
Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Engineering & Technology
Exam scores
GPA — 3.0, IELTS — 7.0, PTE — 65, TOEFL iBT — 85
Other
Computational Science, Mathematics and Engineering
Study degree
MSc
Study form
Full-time
Duration
24 months
Exams
GPA, IELTS, TOEFL
Exam scores
GPA — 3.0, IELTS — 7.0, TOEFL iBT — 80
Other programs
Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Economics
Study degree
PhD
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
GPA, IELTS, PTE, TOEFL
Study field
Social Sciences & Management
Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Exam scores
GPA — 3.5, IELTS — 7.0, PTE — 65, TOEFL iBT — 85
Social Sciences & Management
Economics
Study degree
PhD
Study form
Full-time
Duration
48 months
Exams
GPA, IELTS, PTE, TOEFL
Study field
Social Sciences & Management
Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Exam scores
GPA — 3.5, IELTS — 7.0, PTE — 65, TOEFL iBT — 85
Other programs
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Bachelor degree at UCSD

To enter an undergraduate program at UCSD, you should have good grades (GPA 3) and pass the entrance exams. Before applying, you need to pass the IELTS or TOEFL exam. The minimum IELTS score is 7. The TOEFL score is not lower than 83.

GPA
3
IELTS
7
TOEFL iBT
83
TOEFL PBT
550

Master's degree at UCSD

The academic performance of a student in an undergraduate program plays an important role in the selection of candidates. In order to enroll at UCSD for a master's program, you will have to confirm knowledge of the English language. You can do this by passing the exam — IELTS, PTE or TOEFL. The minimum TOEFL score for admission is 80. IELTS — 6.5 or higher.

IELTS
6.5
TOEFL iBT
80
TOEFL PBT
550

Doctorate degree at UCSD

If you decide to pursue a career in science and enroll in a doctoral program, you must pass the language exam — IELTS, PTE or TOEFL. For enrollment, you need to pass TOEFL with 85 points. The minimum score for IELTS is 7.

IELTS
7
TOEFL iBT
85

UCSD campus

The campus of UCSD is located in California. The urban campus is suitable for those students who, firstly, are used to independence, and secondly, cannot imagine their life without the hustle and bustle of a big metropolis. The school has a library where students can do their homework or just relax. UCSD regularly accepts students for international exchange programs, providing both local and international students with the opportunity to come into contact with different cultures and gain unique experience.

Campus Type
Urban
Library
Yes
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What to do after graduation

United States allows university graduates to stay in the country for one more year. Graduates can spend this time looking for a job in order to change their visa to a work one. Graduates of UCSD are in demand in the labor market, as the reputation of the educational institution among employers is quite high according to the results of the QS world ranking. You can find other options for immigration in our article.

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